Timeline - Our sustainability route

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Protecting the environment

Raw materials consumption

Aquafil yarns are made with both virgin raw materials, such as caprolactam, as well as recycled nylon waste, that comes from the ECONYL® REGENERATION SYSTEM.
In recent years, the Group has increased the production of secondary raw materials (in particular ECONYL® regenerated caprolactam), to offer high-quality products while promoting environmental protection and circular economy.
In 2018, the overall quantity of materials used, was around 168,000 tons.

Energy Management

In 2018, the Group used almost 100% of electricity from renewable sources for its activities.
This result was achieved thanks to the purchase of Certificates of Origin (GO), which guarantee that the electricity purchased comes from renewable sources, and to self-produced energy obtained from owned photovoltaic panels. The goal is to continue improving even more energy use and supporting energy recovery projects.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The production of greenhouse (GHG) gases is closely linked to the energy consumed for the Group's production activities.
GHG emissions can be either direct or indirect. Direct emissions are linked to the Group's plants and are mainly associated with the use of fuels. Indirect emissions are those associated with the production of electricity and thermal energy purchased from external suppliers.
Over the years, Aquafil has invested to constantly reduce emissions produced by our activities, improving the energy efficiency of the processes and giving preference to renewable energy sources, which have a lower environmental impact than the traditional ones.

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Chemicals management

The sustainability of a product goes hand in hand with the safety of those who produce it, those who use it and the surrounding environment.
This is why Aquafil carefully monitors the chemicals used in its production processes, guaranteeing controlled and responsible use, compliant with the legislation of the various markets and in line with the best industry practices.
Would you like to know more? Download the chemicals management policy.

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A keen eye on people

Acting responsibly means considering the entire process that leads to the development of the Group's products, from upstream to downstream, while safeguarding the environment and also valuing the people who, directly or indirectly, are part of the value chain.

In its path of sustainability, Aquafil has identified the international standard SA8000: 2014 as a tool to enhance its commitment to protect workers and human rights.
In this direction, a pilot project was launched in the Italian offices of Aquafil S.p.a., with the intention of progressively extending the certification to other offices.

Every day, the Group promotes the application of the standard and its principles not only throughout its own organization, but also within the stakeholders in the supply chain.

SA8000 standard

The SA8000 is a voluntary international standard on social responsibility created with the aim to improve working conditions in every type of organization, regardless of size, sector and geographical location.
The standard is based on 9 fundamental requirements that must be respected and monitored. They keep into consideration workers’ rights, workplace conditions and the presence of an effective management system.

The 9 requirements are:

  1. Child Labour
  2. Forced or Compulsory Labour
  3. Health and Safety
  4. Freedom of Association & Right to Collective Bargaining
  5. Discrimination
  6. Disciplinary Practices
  7. Working Hours
  8. Remuneration
  9. Management System

Reporting procedures

To meet the standard requirements, Aquafil S.p.a. has activated a series of specific procedures, intended for all personnel and the main players collaborating with the Group.

For example:

  • the reporting procedure allows anyone, completing this simple form, to make a report or a complaint, even anonymously, regarding the failure to comply with or the violation of the principles established by the SA8000 form;
  • the child labor remediation plan defines the actions to take to guarantee the health, safety and education of children, if child labor is found within the supply chain.

Would you like to know more? Download our SA8000 Reporting and Child Labor Remediation Procedures.

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Thrive together: our projects along the supply chain

Healthy Seas

According to FAO, 640,000 tons of fishing gear are left or abandoned in the seas and oceans...

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Healthy Seas

According to FAO, 640,000 tons of fishing gear are left or abandoned in the seas and oceans each year. The nets, remain on the seabed for many years and pose a severe threat to many marine animals like whales, turtles.
Aquafil is co-founder of "Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear". Healthy Seas works with fishermen and volunteer divers to collect end-of-life nets and ghost nets which are then, transformed, together with other nylon waste, into ECONYL® regenerated yarn, the basis for new sustainable products such as socks, swimwear, sportswear, and carpets.

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Collaboration with the supply chain

Maintaining a trustful relationship with suppliers is a prerequisite for ensuring the...

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Collaboration with the supply chain

Maintaining a trustful relationship with suppliers is a prerequisite for ensuring the excellence of the Group's products.
This allows, among other things, to spread a sustainability culture along the entire value chain. For example, with the ECONYL® Qualified project the Group has a qualification that distinguishes the virtuous suppliers involved in the ECONYL® supply chain. This qualification guarantees the compliance with defined environmental criteria in the supply chain.

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New generations

Aquafil believes that the key for true sustainable development lies in educating young...

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New generations

Aquafil believes that the key for true sustainable development lies in educating young people. For this reason, every year, the Group dedicates time and resources to support the schools in the localities in which it operates.

In 2018, Aquafil ranked first in the tenth edition of the "Tu Sei" project, a project aimed at bringing students closer to industrial realities. Moreover, through the "school-work experience" program, the Company offers internships both held in class and at the Company.

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The support to local communities

Environmental education, youth training, support for cultural and sports clubs are just some...

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The support to local communities

Environmental education, youth training, support for cultural and sports clubs are just some of the activities proposed by the Group in the areas where it operates.
Additionally, the Group funds associations dealing with scientific and medical research, such as the “Associazione per il Bambino in Ospedale” (ABIO) and Telethon.

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Employees

The Group operates in various countries characterized by very different cultural and social...

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Employees

The Group operates in various countries characterized by very different cultural and social contexts. In each of these realities, Aquafil is committed to maintaining high standards to ensure the protection and well-being of its employees, both inside and outside the working environment, thanks to various initiatives.
For example:
- corporate welfare: employees can have a series of economic services and benefits for a more work-life balanced life.
- medical examinations: thanks to agreements with local structures, the employees of Croatian and Chinese plants can benefit from free check-ups and prevention visits for the main forms of cancer.
- Health Week: for six weeks a year, in the plants located in Slovenia, China and Croatia, informative materials on proper nutrition are displayed and fresh seasonal fruit is distributed free of charge in the canteens.

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Clients

Collaborating with customers helps to keep alive the innovative spirit that has always...

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Clients

Collaborating with customers helps to keep alive the innovative spirit that has always characterized the Group, favoring the birth of ambitious projects in the areas of environmental protection and product innovation. The combination of forces has led to significant initiatives such as:
- ECONYL® Reclaiming Program: a structured network for the collection of waste on an international level, based on partnerships with institutions as well as public and private consortia.
- Take Back Programs: projects for the recovery of fabric waste - where fabrics are then regenerated into new ECONYL® yarn - were launched in collaboration with Gucci, Ternua and Speedo USA.

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