Turkish denim mill Calik Denim is setting its sights on a more sustainable future. The company announced new targets for 2025 that include boosting raw material procurement, reducing its carbon footprint and facilitating innovation and thought leadership.
The company made these new goals after achieving a number of its original targets. Its 2018-2019 sustainability report documented the completion of certain goals following what it considers “significant progress” in 2020, despite a tumultuous year.
“We have defined our sustainability strategy as ‘Passion for Denim, Passion for Life,’ focusing on the purpose of making a positive impact for a better life,” said Fatih Dogan, Calik Denim CEO.
Raw material procurement
With new demands for better transparency, the mill is focusing on improvements to its supply chain, and is currently working with Aware, a tracer and blockchain technology by Dutch company The Movement, to trace its recycled cotton and recycled polyester. Goals for 2025 include a requirement that 60 percent of its suppliers undergo audits for environmental and social issues. Additionally, all procured chemicals will be 100 percent certified according to MRSL ZDHC version 2.0, and 95 percent will be GOTS certified.
By 2020, Calik had successfully audited 30 percent of suppliers and ensured that all procured chemical substances were certified according to the MRSL ZDHC version 1.0.
Environmental and institutional targets
In the next four years, Calik aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by expanding renewable energy purchasing to 50 percent and increasing renewable energy production by 10 percent compared to 2020. The company already saw a 100 percent increase in power generated from renewable resources since 2018, and intends to sustain that momentum.
Calik Denim’s sustainable wheelhouse currently includes solutions for circular design, water-free dyeing, hemp denim and more, and aims to increase sales of its sustainable products to represent 60 percent of its total income. The original target was 20 percent, which it reportedly reached “in a short period.” By promoting its sustainable offerings, Calik is able to lower its operational impact as well as its customers’ environmental footprint.
The company is still following through on its original 2025 targets to reduce carbon emissions and water consumption by 20 and 30 percent, respectively, compared to 2018. It pledges to increase its use of organic, Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and recycled cotton by 60 percent, and boost its investment in sustainable collaborations to 10 percent.
Calik is also initiating a significant push in fostering a positive work environment for all 2,398 of its employees. By 2025, it pledges to see a 70 percent increase in employee engagement and a 16 percent increase in employees included in skills management processes.