EDANA continues its efforts to guide the nonwovens and related industries towards sustainability. The sustainability reports show the many results of the commitment of our industry to sustainability. We are proud to see how sustainable practices drive innovation in creating new products and solutions towards the many challenges we face. As representatives of the entire value chain, we consider it our duty to connect and support all our members.
With this 5th Sustainability Report, EDANA has adopted a new approach using the GRI Standards as a guideline.
We are further building on our previous work published in 2015, which extensively described the social, environmental and economic benefits of our industry throughout all application areas and the entire value chain.
Throughout the report, you will find key sustainability figures of the nonwovens industry brought to life with several illustrations of best practice
EDANA developed a Sustainability Vision 2030, giving clear insight into the priority topics on sustainability for our industry. This vision is the backbone of the sustainability report published in 2019.
As the representative of the nonwovens and related industries, EDANA is able to make a significant difference towards key stakeholders (policy makers, NGOs, retailers, citizens…).
While each EDANA members has its own expertise and can make a significant contribution in the further integration and development of sustainability. EDANA finds itself in a unique position to provide added value and further support its member companies in their efforts by facilitating alignment on principles, definitions and visions related to sustainability.
As a validation, we constantly engage with our stakeholders to ensure the correct emphasis is put on the right themes and to verify our goal setting is sufficiently ambitious without outpacing our industry. For the development and validation of our Vision 2030, we conducted a stakeholder dialogue representing all members of society.
The consultation consisted of a questionnaire regarding the materiality items and the EDANA Sustainability Vision. Interested stakeholders were invited for a longer, more in depth interview to better understand expectations regarding sustainability and increase our mutual understanding to explore potential future partnerships.
Building on the publication of the third Sustainability Report in 2011 – which expanded beyond hygiene products to encompass all application areas and the entire value chain for nonwovens and related products – we have sought to further highlight the social, environmental and economic benefits of our industry.
Building on the publication of our first Sustainability Report in 2005 and its update in 2007, we have sought to make this report more open and accessible. This includes the extension of the scope of reporting beyond absorbent hygiene products to include non-hygiene applications and covering the whole production value chain. The report highlights the balance between environmental considerations and the economic and social benefits of our industry.
This edition of the Sustainability Report is an update of the 2005 Report rather than a completely new report. We have sought to extend the amount of information available within the public domain about our industry and its impact on social, environmental and economic aspects of life in modern society. Our ongoing commitment means that we are continuously improving our sustainability performance and we are able to update this information contained in the 2005 Report with data from 2005 and 2006. We have also extended this report to contain data on the feminine care category of absorbent hygiene products; that is sanitary pads, pantiliners and tampons.
EDANA’s first ever ‘Sustainability Report. This report is a timely document, in line with both global drive for increased sustainable development and our industry association’s mission ‘to create the foundation for sustainable growth of the nonwovens and associated industries through active promotion, education and dialogue.
In this report the manufacturers of disposable baby diapers and incontinence products, who are members of EDANA, document the role their products and processes play in the key areas generally accepted as critical to sustainable development