The agreement between Lectra and UNGC comes three months after Lectra made Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy one of its new strategic pillars.

“CSR is a major focus for Lectra. We are committed to always going the extra mile for our customers, our employees and the whole company, with an even more committed and clear policy. When presenting our new roadmap, we therefore made CSR a pillar of our strategy, with five main priorities: respecting the highest ethical standards, designing environmentally responsible offers, fostering an inclusive, diverse and stimulating working culture, reducing the group’s environmental footprint and supporting future generations,” explains Lectra chairman and CEO Daniel Harari.

Over the last few years, Lectra has stepped up its CSR initiatives. In 2011, the company implemented a CSR purchasing charter that covered 98% of its industrial purchases in 2022.

In 2023, the new version of its CSR purchasing charter will be extended to Gerber suppliers, which it acquired in 2021, with the objective of enrolling 90% of all its industrial suppliers by 2025.

Lectra also favours local procurement and production, as demonstrated by the recent inauguration of its manufacturing facility in Tolland, United States.

Lectra says that knowing textiles generate 90% of the CO2 emissions produced during the total lifecycle of a cutting room, it strives to offer its customers solutions that optimise the use of materials. Lectra’s cutting equipment makes it possible to achieve material savings of 5 to 10%. In addition, to better inform consumers about product authenticity and provenance, Lectra has also expanded its software offer to material traceability, as shown by the recent majority acquisition of TextileGenesis’ capital.

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Lectra is committed to systematically using eco-design principles by 2025 for its new equipment platforms in order to reduce its environmental footprint.

Harari adds: “Our CSR priorities are fully aligned with the requirements of the United Nations Global Compact regarding corruption, human rights, labour, and the environment, and more broadly with several UN Sustainable Development Goals. Formalising our commitment to reach these objectives was logically the next step. Whether it is in the fashion, automotive or furniture industry, major transformations are underway, and we must continue to support them, both internally and with our customers, as responsibly and sustainably as possible.”