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Lenzing Joins Chemical Industry Sustainability Initiative

Advancing its commitment to improving the environmental footprint of textile and nonwoven industries, the Lenzing Group, a provider of wood-based specialty fibers, has joined the chemical industry’s sustainable supply chain initiative Together for Sustainability (TfS).

Together with Lenzing, numerous internationally active chemical companies have also joined the initiative. Their common goal is to make the global supply chains of the chemical industry sustainable.

“Joining the TfS initiative is another clear commitment to improving the environmental footprint of the global textile and nonwoven industries and proves that sustainability is taken very seriously at Lenzing–so much so that sustainability is at the heart of our business strategy,” Robert van de Kerkhof, chief commercial officer for fiber at Lenzing, said. “The industry needs innovation in order to transition from linear to circular ways of working, and Lenzing will continue to partner across the supply chain to bring this vision to life.”

Lenzing said complex global sustainability challenges require a collaborative approach to developing systemic solutions involving many stakeholder groups. In order to make the global textile and nonwovens industries more sustainable and bring about systemic change, Lenzing has also been building on partnerships within its sustainability strategy “Naturally Positive” for many years.

“I am very proud to welcome Lenzing to the TfS family, bringing the TfS membership to 37 companies,” TfS president Bertrand Conquéret said. “Together and with our strategic partners, we continue to expand our reach and increase our impact on the sustainability performance in chemical supply chains. Given the regulatory landscape, climate challenges and market conditions, the need for sustainable businesses only intensifies. TfS is the crucial enabler to make supply chains and businesses at large more sustainable and contribute to developing a better world.”

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The global TfS initiative follows the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and Responsible Care. TfS aims to be a standard for environmental, social and governance performance of chemical supply chains and deliver strong and independent due diligence procedures in the supply chain and evaluate suppliers against CSR principles, including social issues, environmental and governance practices.

The TfS framework–TfS Assessments and TfS Audits–allows TfS member companies to assess the environmental, labor and human rights, ethical and sustainable procurement performance of their suppliers and drive and deliver tangible, measurable improvements of their suppliers and own sustainability performance.

TfS, based in Brussels, is growing into a global organization with regional representation and strategic partnerships in Asia, North America and South America.