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Third party audit for Lycra plant in Foshan

Providing a blueprint to be repeated at the company’s other facilities.

25th January 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Foshan, China

Clothing/​Footwear, Medical/Hygiene

The LycraCompany’s largest manufacturing site in Foshan, China, has earned a score in the upper quartile for its third-party audited Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM).

Higg FEM is a sustainability assessment tool that the company is using to determine the Foshan site’s environmental impact, standardise how its environmental performance is measured year over year and identify, prioritise and scale enhancements.

Foshan’s Higg FEM score is based on the percentage of completed and verified self-assessment questions related to its environmental management systems, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, water use, wastewater, air emissions, waste management and chemical management. The Foshan site completed the full module and had responses confirmed by an independent verifier.

“Foshan is the first of our six global manufacturing sites to undergo Higg FEM verification,” said Choon Hueei Beck, Foshan plant manager, The LycraCompany. “We’re thrilled to achieve such a high score in the upper quartile for our first assessment. This positive outcome not only demonstrates The LycraCompany’s commitment to sustainability and transparency, but will also differentiate our products in a highly competitive marketplace.”

The Higg FEM verification was an intensive three-day process that required months of preparation and documentation according to Beck.

“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of a cross-functional team in Foshan and other locations, we now have a blueprint to repeat this successful result at other facilities, all of which have completed self-certification,” he said.

Located in Guangdong province, the Foshan plant first opened in 2005. It produces Lycra fibre for apparel and LycraHyFit fibre for personal care products and employs about 500 people. A number of Lycra fibre products made at Foshan are Gold Level Material Health certified by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

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