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DyStar marks sustainability progress

The DyStar Group has released its 2017 – 2018 Sustainability Performance Report.

2nd October 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Singapore

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

DyStar releases Sustainability Performance Report 2017 – 2018. © DyStarThe DyStar Group has released its 2017 – 2018 Sustainability Performance Report. Into its eighth edition, the report marks the progress of the supplier of colorants, specialty chemicals, and services for the textiles industry. The company has also embarked on the business with food dyes and chemicals through its recent acquisition in USA.

The latest DyStar’s Sustainability Performance Report is the first of their reports prepared in accordance with the most trusted and widely used reporting framework – Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards: Core Option.

“It is imperative for the entire industry to improve collectively, not individually, and our ability to do so may determine the long-term profitability of the industry as a whole. It is my belief that effective partnerships coupled with stronger support and incentivisation from leading companies within this industry could be key to creating a new – and much needed – equilibrium,” said CEO of DyStar Group Eric Hopmann.

2020 target

Last year marked the seventh year of DyStar’s journey towards reducing the production footprint by 20% for every ton of production by the year 2020. This goal encompasses the resources used for production including energy, water, and raw materials as well as addresses their corresponding outputs – greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, waste and wastewater. Results across most key performance indicators were positive, with four of the six 2020 targets being successfully met or surpassed, the company reports.

In terms of the energy consumption and GHG emission, DyStar is farther from its original desired target primarily due to the impacts from three newly acquired production sites. However, intensive efforts are underway to ensure that the company’s less efficient acquisitions are provided the essential support to align with the rest of the company. DyStar is optimistic that all six targets are achievable by 2020.

Responsible products and services

As part of DyStar’s long-term goal to imbed sustainability across the industry, the company will also be focusing on expanding its sustainability services. This includes the opening of more Texanlab offices, an ISO 17025 certified, specialised testing laboratory across South Asia to provide end-to-end solutions throughout the whole supply chain.

Seven-year environmental performance summary. © DyStar

Increasingly, DyStar is strengthening its partnerships with the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). The 2017 report features an in-depth guest interview with the NGO China Water Risk, on how can suppliers like DyStar can be a role model in creating sustainable fashion.

To encourage and facilitate sustainable practices among its suppliers, DyStar also conducts sustainability-related supplier surveys. For instance, DyStar is cooperating with the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) to expand the framework of its supplier questionnaire. In recognition of its efforts, DyStar received top ranking in the CITI transparency list for industrial chemicals from IPE, placing them well ahead of many other industry peers.

Embracing diversity, engaging communities

Also, to help meet clients’ demand and demonstrate its responsibility and care in the food and beverages industry, DyStar is implementing a supplier diversity programme to support businesses in the USA that are at least 51% owned by minority groups, women, veterans and people with disabilities.

Highlighting DyStar’s commitment to the communities they operate in, the company encourages volunteerism among employees, and for the year of 2017, DyStar employees devoted a total of 205 volunteer hours towards community projects, which also served as a meaningful collective experience for employees to form closer bonds.

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