SUSTAINABILITY AT ESQUEL

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

MAKING A DIFFERENCE AT ESQUEL

Our vision of Making a Difference is reflected in the way we manage our business to address wealth gap and climate change issues. We believe that sustainable economic development can be achieved in harmony with the environment and society.

At Esquel, sustainability is core to our business strategy to affect decisions and behaviors, and is the responsibility of every employee. By embracing four strategic pillars: People, Planet, Product, and Community, we are constantly measuring our impact on the environment, the society, and the communities in which we operate. To this end, we innovate using technologies and information systems, and we invest in people to advance balanced social, economic, and environmental development.

In 2013, we established our Sustainability Council to formalize and oversee strategy and its implementation. The Council, chaired by an independent non-executive Board Director, oversees four strategic pillars, each with a committee that is responsible to define and monitor key measurements for the group. These committees are supervised by a combination of senior management and Board members, placing our sustainability strategy within the purview of the highest decision-making body.

Our sustainability efforts continue to evolve and guide our future organizational development. It serves to stimulate the rethinking of how we manage our people, work with our stakeholders, and influence the communities outside our factories. Recognizing that we cannot work in isolation, we actively pursue partnerships and identify opportunities to further our positive impact through innovation in systems and technology. Continuously seeking for stakeholders with shared value, we aim to tackle the root causes of social and environmental issues that have long-term impact and benefit.

ABOUT ESQUEL GROUP

Esquel Group is a global textile and apparel manufacturer with a vertically-integrated supply chain that straddles from seed to shirt. Founded in 1978 by Mr. Y.L. Yang, our intention has always been to produce high-quality products in an ethical and responsible manner. For decades, Esquel has strived to demonstrate how to manufacture with minimal impact on the environment and contribute to the well-being of a wider community.

To us, caring about sustainability is not about compliance nor for promotional purposes. Instead, it reflects our corporate vision and commitment, while at the same time it acts to enhance our competitiveness. It aligns with our business development strategy to expand and diversify our market presence by focusing on quality growth, giving clarity to our business objectives and developing our potential. This translates to our objectives to secure customer orders that optimize asset utilization, production capacities and worker productivity, which gradually develop into a more focused, partnership-oriented customer base. Our team of over 55,000 employees across the globe work with leading brands to produce cotton shirts of the highest quality, and become a true agent of change for environmental protection and social empowerment.

Today, with sustainability grounded as a core value and strengthened by our independence, we are set to redefine the way in which apparel companies operate.

2018 PERFORMANCE OVERVIEW

PRODUCED

14,440

TONS OF YARN

PRODUCED

28,800 TONS

OF KNIT FABRIC

PRODUCED

140 MILLION

YARDS OF WOVEN FABRIC

PRODUCED

4.1 BILLION

ACCESSORIES

PRODUCED

110 MILLION

GARMENTS

SOLD

60,549

PIECES OF GARMENTS IN OUR RETAIL STORES

SALES REVENUE

1.36 BILLION USD

Memberships

Esquel aspires to make a difference in the textile and apparel industry. Our commitment is reflected in our involvement with governments and NGOs to steer international and domestic agenda on sustainability as active members of:

  • APEC Business Advisory Council, Sustainable Development Working Group (ABAC)
  • China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED)
  • Hong Kong Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers on Innovation and Strategic Development
  • Seoul International Business Advisory Council (SIBAC)

  • Conference Board Global Sustainability Center
  • Natural Resource Defense Council China High Level Advisory Council (NRDC)
  • Shan Shui Conservation Center
  • Guilin Innovative Demonstration Zone for the National Sustainable Development Agenda
  • Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel Limited (HKRITA)

Awards

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Cotton USA™ Licensee
  • Fair Trade Usa
  • Forest Stewardship Council® Chain Of Custody
  • Global Organic Textile Standard
  • Global Recycled Standard
  • Global Security Verification
  • ISO14001
  • ISO50001

  • ISO9001
  • Leadership In Energy & Environmental Design
  • OEKO-TEX® Standard 100
  • OEKO-TEX® Sustainable Textile Production
  • OHSAS18001
  • Organic Content Standard
  • SUPIMA® Licensee
  • Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production