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March 7, 2022

Coats makes sustainability strides

UK industrial thread company Coats achieved a 3% reduction in waste in 2021 and said 19% of its sales of premium polyester threads were those made of recycled materials in the year.

By Fi Forrest

Coats outlines its achievements against its Sustainability Strategy launched in 2019 in its latest sustainability report, ‘Pioneering a Sustainable Future: Accelerating our Journey’. The Strategy set out ambitious targets to be achieved by the end of 2022.

The progress achieved in 2021 included:

  • 22% reduction in water usage
  • 6.9% reduction in kWh per kilogram of production against a target of 7% by the end of 2022
  • 82% of effluent was compliant with ZDHC against a target of 100% by the end of 2022
  • 83% of employees worked in an accredited ‘Great Place To Work’ exceeding the target of 80%
  • 3% reduction in waste
  • 19% of our sales of premium polyester threads were those made of recycled materials

Rajiv Sharma, group chief executive, said: “I am pleased with the substantial progress we have made in 2021 towards delivering our sustainability targets.

“Our commitment to sustainability does not end when we achieve our 2022 targets. As an industry, there is a long way to go and Coats has long-term ambitions to ensure it will be at the leading edge of pioneering a sustainable future.”

The 2021 Sustainability Report outlines the company’s social impact ambitions including maintaining a workplace where every single employee is free from discrimination, feels respected and is treated fairly and equally and striving to achieve gender parity in all managerial roles, and higher than local labour market representation for all other underrepresented communities at Coats locations.

The report also outlines how the company will reach its targets for 2030:

  • 70% of global energy consumption will come from renewables
  • All products will be made completely independently of new oil-extraction materials
  • Shift to circularity, creating products and packaging solutions that enable recycling and reuse within our operations and across the wider industry
  • Increased positive social impact

Coats recently received validation of its climate targets for 2030 by the Science Based Targets initiative. In addition, by 2050 Coats will be carbon neutral through accelerating its progress in water and energy reduction, shifting to more renewable energy and responsible effluent treatment as well as through our materials transition.

Coats also recently announced that the Innovation Hub – Asia would have a new mission and be re-purposed to focus on the application of biomaterials. The Hub is being renamed Coats Sustainability Hub and is now fully focused on its new mission.

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