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Elevate Textiles Releases 2020 Sustainability Report

Reports progress on UN Global Compact and CEO Water Mandate Initiatives

CHARLOTTE, NC (October 27, 2020)Elevate Textiles, a global provider of advanced, high quality products and mission critical textile solutions, is excited to release its 2020 Sustainability Report. Elevate Textiles offers distinguished global textile brands including American & Efird (A&E), Burlington, Cone Denim, Gütermann and Safety Components. The report serves as the first corporate report for Elevate and the 10th annual report to include the A&E brand.

Within the report, Elevate outlines progress towards its 2025 Sustainability Goals, focused on sustainably sourced fibers, reduced water consumption and reduction in greenhouse gases. As Elevate’s first annual Communication on Progress for the UN Global Compact and CEO Water Mandate, 2020’s report shares the company’s performance against goals outlined within its environmental program, the Ten Threads of Sustainability.

“Our brands share a long-standing commitment to sustainability and a drive to accelerate our efforts to new heights,” said Sim Skinner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Elevate Textiles. “Elevate teams around the globe work every day to create and distribute premium, ethically and sustainably sourced products through excellence in innovation and responsible manufacturing practices. We are pleased to present Elevate’s first Sustainability Report and look forward to sharing our continued progress in our journey to lead meaningful change.”

Elevate outlines its progress and achievements in this report, including:

  • 7% reduction of absolute greenhouse gas from 2016 to 2019, meeting the corporate goal of 2.5% per year reduction
  • 5% reduction of absolute global water consumption since 2016
  • Increased water recycling by 65% since 2016 by implementing new wastewater technologies
  • Achieved 52% sustainably sourced cotton against its goal of 80% sustainably sourced by 2025

“As part of Elevate’s dedication, we are actively engaged with our customers and suppliers to positively impact the people and natural environments associated with our operations and supply chain,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Jimmy Summers. “It is through the efforts of our 15,000 employees around the world that we are able to make continued progress and we are proud to highlight the work they do each day on the frontlines of sustainability.”

Summers added, “We pledge to continue to be a good corporate citizen and one in which our customers and employees can be proud.  We are committed to the principles of the UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals, and to contributing towards many other efforts including the ZDHC Programme.  We are excited to build on our current progress as we work towards achieving our 2025 sustainability goals.”

To review Elevate’s full 2020 Sustainability Report and updates on other sustainable innovations, visit our website at

Media: Materials and images are available via download.

For more information, please contact Delores Sides at or 336.379.2903.


About Elevate Textiles

Elevate Textiles offers distinguished global textile brands including American & Efird, Burlington, Cone Denim, Gütermann and Safety Components.  With a global array of premium fabric and thread solutions focused on innovation, sustainability and quality craftsmanship, Elevate and its portfolio brands provide products that surround us every day and in all facets of life. We offer advanced, high quality products and mission critical textile solutions across vast industries including fashion and functional apparel, footwear, military, fire, medical, athletic, automotive, aerospace, outdoor, and other specialty sectors. Elevate is committed to delivering solutions that protect and enhance our lives through its global manufacturing platform. To learn more about Elevate Textiles and our brands, visit and follow us on LinkedIn.





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