As part of The Sustainability Consortium, Fruit of the Loom will have access to one of the world’s largest research databases, which translates sustainability science and data into business tools that can be used throughout a product’s supply chain and lifecycle

As part of The Sustainability Consortium, Fruit of the Loom will have access to one of the world’s largest research databases, which translates sustainability science and data into business tools that can be used throughout a product’s supply chain and lifecycle

Athletic apparel and intimates manufacturer Fruit of the Loom has joined The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) as part of its commitment to help improve the environmental, social and economic performance of the textile value chain.

Non-profit TSC works to improve the sustainability of consumer products and their supply chains by developing tools and strategies to address environmental, social, and economic issues. Its more than 100 members include Wal-Mart Stores, Hanes, Marks & Spencer and Wrangler.

"Operating in a sustainable manner is extremely important to all of us at Fruit of the Loom," explains Tony Pelaski, executive vice president and chief operating officer. "As a global organisation, we have an obligation to constantly evaluate and improve our sustainability practices. Joining TSC will allow us to evolve and expand our current processes to remain a sustainable organisation and leader in the apparel category."

As part of The Sustainability Consortium, Fruit of the Loom will have access to one of the world's largest research databases, which translates sustainability science and data into business tools that can be used throughout a product's supply chain and lifecycle. Other members of TSC include manufacturers, suppliers, services providers, NGOs, civil society organisations, governmental agencies and academics.

Pelaski adds the tools available to TSC members will help the company work toward making products that are not only better for consumers, but also better for the environment.

Fruit of the Loom's portfolio of more than 20 brands includes Fruit of the Loom, Russell Athletic, Spalding, Jerzees, and Vanity Fair.

Headquartered in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the US-based company's subsidiaries employ nearly 30,000 people in 26 countries. It also supports approximately 250,000 additional jobs through sourcing and licensing relationships in 37 countries.