WE AT INDISKA ARE ENGAGED IN MANY IMPORTANT ISSUES, BUT WE ARE NOT EXPERTS ON EVERYTHING. THEREFORE, WE PARTICIPATE IN A SERIES OF COOPERATIONS WITHIN OUR INDUSTRY WHERE WE ARE CONSTANTLY DEVELOPING TOGETHER, WHETHER IT INVOLVES WATER AND CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT, SOCIAL ISSUES, ANIMAL RIGHTS ISSUES, RECYCLING ISSUES OR PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY.
We at INDISKA actively support various important causes, but we’re far from experts. That’s why we form collaborations across the industry to constantly work and grow together, whether it’s about water policy, social projects, animal rights, recycling or chemical and manufacturing responsibilities.
COOPERATION THAT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE
It is through long-term cooperation that significant changes take place. By sharing our knowledge and learning from each other, we are moving rapidly towards a sustainable future. We at INDISKA are committed to many important issues, but we are not experts on everything. Therefore, we participate in many types of cooperation in our industry where we constantly develop together; whether it involves water and chemical management, social projects, animal rights issues, recycling issues or producer responsibility.
In regard to ethics, the environment, and social issues in production, it is in our long-term cooperation with suppliers where we implement improvements. Where there is a willingness for change, that is where we stay.
Our connection to India goes back over a hundred years, and we cooperate with local organisations on-site. Since 1998 we have cooperated with the organisation Peace Trust, which carries out several social projects that lead to education, development and jobs for young people and women.
WaterAid’s vital work in India is another cooperation. In the design cooperation and special collections, or through the Round-Up campaign in stores, we continually involve our customers in contributing to WaterAid, for example, or to the vocational school run by the Peace Trust of India.
The cooperation also involves a lot more. The water issue, which is becoming increasingly urgent, demands a global, shared responsibility. Today, we cooperate with suppliers and many of our competitors regarding sustainable water management, but also with authorities; organisations such as WaterAid and SIWI(Stockholm Water Institute), with the research world or through other networks.
In India, during 2013 and 2014, we have had a cooperation, SWAR (Sustainable Water Resources), with our colleagues in the industry, KappAhl and Lindex, and with SIWI and Sida. SWAR has led to significant savings of water, chemicals and energy in wet processes with our respective and joint suppliers in India. SWAR has gained attention both nationally and internationally and has led to an additional 14 Swedish textile companies wanting to work in the same way. Therefore, we are now starting STWI Projects for 2015-2018. A cooperation between 17 Swedish textile companies, SIWI and Sida, and in five countries: India, China, Turkey, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.
Thanks to our extensive and long-term cooperation we have seen major changes just in the last ten years, but there is still a lot to do.