United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is steering the denim supply chain in a positive direction.
Pakistan-based Naveena Denim Mills is the latest to join the UNGC as a signatory company, committing to promote the 10 principles of the UNGC and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
With this signature the company commits itself to respecting human rights, providing a safe and decent working environment, protecting the environment, applying policies and practices that ensure transparent corporate management and providing its employees and society with sustainable value and benefits.
Chairman of Naveena Group, Asif Riaz Tata, said the signature is a way for Naveena to “do its part to make globalization more humanitarian.”
Currently, the mill’s activities focus on improving the quality of education and the health and well-being of its employees. Naveena has also set aside a special budget to build out its corporate social responsibility plans.
The mill is best known for its sustainable Horizon fabrics, which incorporate a combination of eco-friendly dyeing and finishing processes. The line of fabrics was recently adopted by brand-to-watch, CIE Denim.
“Our aim is to deliver high quality innovative products relevant to today’s and tomorrow’s consumers while driving change for a sustainable future,” Hassan Mumtaz, Naveena Exports Ltd. chief operating officer, said. “Signing Global Compact is indicative of this mind-set.”
The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest initiative of corporate sustainability. Since 2000, it has been working to create a sustainable and inclusive global economy that benefits the planet, its people and communities, and all markets. Naveena will communicate once a year its progress in further integrating UNGC’s principles into its business.
Other industry players like Abercrombie & Fitch, Archroma, Artistic Milliners and Calik Denim have signed the compact.