WILMINGTON, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The LYCRA Company, a global leader in developing innovative fiber and technology solutions for the apparel and personal care industries, announced today that several of its manufacturing sites had their Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) and Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (Higg FSLM) self-assessments verified by an independent third party last year and achieved scores in the top quartile.
The LYCRA Company’s manufacturing sites in Waynesboro, Virginia; Maydown, Northern Ireland; and Foshan, China, completed verification for the Higg FEM module, while its Tuas, Singapore, and Maydown sites completed verification for the Higg FSLM module. A copy of the verified reports for Higg FEM and Higg FSLM can be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Higg FEM reviews air emissions, energy use, environmental management systems, wastewater, waste, chemical management and water usage. The LYCRA Company’s six manufacturing sites have completed the self-assessment, with the three sites mentioned above securing verification. The company’s goal is to have sites representing 80% of LYCRA® fiber production to be Higg FEM verified by 2024.
“The LYCRA Company strives to be an industry leader for sustainability by utilizing credible and independently verified data,” said Alan McElreavey, operations sustainability program manager at The LYCRA Company. “The Higg Facilities modules are widely used within the apparel industry to assess the environmental impact of manufacturing facilities, to uncover opportunities for improvement, and to measure our progress against established baseline performance. Completing the Higg facility modules drives behaviors that become embedded in our company, enhancing our sustainability culture and creating measurable change.”
“Higg FEM is aligned with our goals in key impact areas and helps us improve our sustainability profile and operate as a good corporate citizen,” said Hector Chapa, Waynesboro site business integration manager. “It also supports two pillars of our Planet Agenda sustainability platform—corporate responsibility and manufacturing excellence.”
The LYCRA Company’s Tuas, Singapore and Maydown, Northern Ireland manufacturing sites also completed third-party verification of their Higg FSLM, both with scores in the top quartile. The Higg FSLM self-assessment provides insights into social progress and labor conditions at each site, including compensation and health and safety, and identifies areas for continuous improvement.
“Our upstream and downstream customers are increasingly asking suppliers like us to provide independent certifications that assess the environmental impact of their facilities, as well as social and labor practices in the workplace,” said Kok Beng Chew, Asia Pacific Regional Operations Director. “The Higg Facility Tools are a must-have for business today because they enable us to stay on track and be a responsible spandex producer.”
The LYCRA Company is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a nonprofit alliance that developed the Higg Facility Tools. The global organization consists of over 280 stakeholders in the fashion industry.
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About The LYCRA Company
The LYCRA Company innovates and produces fiber and technology solutions for the apparel and personal care industries. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, The LYCRA Company is recognized worldwide for its innovative products, technical expertise, sustainable solutions, and unmatched marketing support. The LYCRA Company owns leading consumer and trade brands: LYCRA®, LYCRA HyFit®, LYCRA® T400®, COOLMAX®, THERMOLITE®, ELASPAN®, SUPPLEX®, and TACTEL®. The LYCRA Company’s legacy stretches back to 1958 with the invention of the original spandex yarn, LYCRA® fiber. Today, The LYCRA Company focuses on adding value to its customers’ products by developing unique innovations designed to meet the consumer’s need for comfort and lasting performance. For more information, visit www.thelycracompany.com.