IN INDIA, AS WELL AS HERE AT HOME, EDUCATION PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE IN A BETTER FUTURE FOR ALL OF US. OUR LONG ASSOCIATION WITH INDIA HAS MEANT THAT TODAY, WE ARE ENGAGED IN A SERIES OF EDUCATION PROJECTS.
It’s the amount of teenagers that INDISKA, together with
Peacetrust, helped with training in computer, mechanic, electrical
training as well as sewing.
EDUCATION - THE KEY TO DEVELOPMENT AND CHANGE
In India, as well as here at home, education plays an important role in creating a better future for all of us. Our long connection to India means that today we are engaged in a series of educational projects. Our supplier relationships, which have often lasted for decades, are an ongoing development project in everything from education in regard to safety, health and water management, and to how our designers in Stockholm, our organisation in India, and our suppliers develop in regard to new sustainable materials. Another long-term project is the vocational school in southern India, built and financed by INDISKA. It is operated by the organisation, Peace Trust, who we have worked with since 1998. The project is based on the same basic idea – to create conditions for development. The purpose of the school, which in total has trained over 1,300 students, is to give young people, former child labourers from the spinning sector, the possibility to educate themselves in computing, mechanics, electricity or sewing instead of working.
INDISKA also provides support for schooling for younger children to prevent them from being enticed to work in the mills. Read more here. The company and the staff also supports the education of children with disabilities in a school in Mumbai.
Here at home there is an equally important reason to focus on education. This involves educating all of us working at INDISKA in matters relating to our sustainability work and material selection, but also our development in other areas. Many of our customers are engaged and we want to help spread knowledge in areas such as sustainable design, material selection, clothing care, the craftsmanship behind many of our handmade products, and to choose products that have a long life. As a company, we have a big responsibility, but it is together that we can make a big difference.
We view the importance of cooperation as the main way to ensure more sustainable manufacturing. “Although we are competitors on the shop floor, we must never compete on matters relating to ethical, environmental and social issues”. That is how our CEO, Sofie Gunolf, started the first meeting of the INDISKA initiated learning project, STWI (Sweden Textile Water Initiative). The aim of the project was to develop Guidelines for sustainable water and chemical management for our respective, and sometimes common, suppliers and sub-contractors in the production countries.
The project, which has received much attention and has grown rapidly, currently works with 30 companies in the Swedish textile and leather industry.
INDISKA also operates, along with KappAhl, Lindex and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), and with support from Sida, an educational training project, SWAR, (Sustainable Water Resources) in three states in India for our suppliers with various wet processes. Through education, suppliers have considerably reduced their consumption of water, energy and chemicals.
The success that the SWAR project has had in 2013 and 2014, has now caused a further 14 Swedish textile companies to do the same. With the help of SIWI, and with continued financial support from Sida in the years 2015-2018, this type of education will be carried out in five countries: India, China, Turkey, Ethiopia and Bangladesh. The project will continue with new suppliers that will now be trained.