News article

12/04/2011

EDANA Launches 2011 Sustainability Report

During a special ceremony marking the first day of the INDEX 11 exhibition, EDANA launched the latest Sustainability Report to update the industry and its stakeholders on the achievements to date, and the commitment by the industry to further raise our ambitions in the field of sustainability.

Broad focus across the industry, for social, economic and environmental balance

During a special ceremony marking the first day of the INDEX 11 exhibition, EDANA launched the latest Sustainability Report to update the industry and its stakeholders on the achievements to date, and the commitment by the industry to further raise our ambitions in the field of sustainability.

The report, which was supported by a task force of EDANA member companies, and received additional information or data from experts within the industry, focuses on those elements most important to the industry. The report covers the industry’s mission, how we work or exchange information, and the key applications and figures of the industry. The report also looks at the industry’s approach to sustainability, covering the strategy and governance, the key issues and the role long-term strategic planning (such as Vision 2020) plays in helping to support and shape the industry. Finally, the report summarises the commitments for the future, and those efforts and activities that are critical to the nonwovens and related industry.

EDANA is proud of its role to provide a comprehensive range of services, and supplies its members with the information and data necessary for them to achieve their goals and enhance their performance.

The nonwovens and related industries are considered to be among the most sustainable industries in Europe. Pioneers in sector environmental management, we provide essential everyday products to society and are important contributors to economic wealth and competitiveness. The industry strives to be more efficient in its use of resources, to minimise its environmental impact and to encourage sustainable consumption.” said Pierre Wiertz, general manager of EDANA.

“As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Association’s creation, we recognise that our members produce high-tech, engineered products made from natural and man-made fibres that are used across a wide range of products and functions essential to modern life.” continued Mr Wiertz.

Speaking on behalf of the drafting group, and supporting companies, Pierre Conrath, Sustainability and Public Affairs Director stated that “EDANA aspires to provide leadership and create an environment beneficial to innovation and sustainable and profitable growth of the industry via the active promotion of sustainable development, consumer interests and transparency.”

EDANA and its members understand sustainability as the effort to integrate and balance the potentially competing expectations of the present generation and those of future generations. It is not a single, unchanging state, but a dynamic process which requires continuous improvement to strike a balance between the needs of the economy, society and the environment. This approach is present both in the report itself, and in the comprehensive efforts underway within the nonwovens and related industry, and across multiple working groups within the association itself.

Copies of the report can be obtained at the EDANA stand during the INDEX 11 exhibition, or from its website www.sustainability.edana.org following the launch.

About EDANA
EDANA serves the nonwovens and related industries, and has more than 220 member companies in over 30 countries. Its mission is to create the foundation for sustainable growth of the nonwovens, absorbent hygiene products and related industries through active promotion, education and dialogue. Information about upcoming events can be found at www.edana.org

For further information please contact:
Abby Bailey, Marketing and Communications Director, edana
Telephone: +32 2 734 93 10
Fax: +32 2 733 35 18
E-mail: abby.bailey@edana.org
Website: www.edana.org
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