Eric Dorchies, CEO and Pami Kular, Head of Sustainability of CIEL Textile.

A true guide to sustainable development, this first report is based on data collected from July 2017 to June 2020 and provides a clear picture of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) data.

This report, entitled “Winning Well”, provides a transparent overview of the group’s situation and commitments in terms of sustainable development, with a view towards becoming a “Sustainable Global Fashion Partner” for the major international fashion brands. CIEL Textile has 18 production sites and nearly 18,000 employees in Mauritius, Madagascar, India and Bangladesh. The report, written in accordance with the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) standards, highlights the group’s approach and the actions implemented to improve its environmental, social and governance performance.

The highlights of the report

Commitments :

Zero coal policy by 2030
35% renewable energy by 2030
50% reduction in currently unrecycled waste by 2030

In this context, it should be noted that :

CIEL Textile joined the SAC (Sustainable Apparel Coalition) in 2017, becoming the first sub-Saharan African member of this global alliance.
In 2019, the Aquarelle Group’s newly built factory in the southern region of Bangalore received LEED Platinum certification, making it one of the most eco-friendly textile factories in the world
Nearly 50,000 trees have been planted in 2019 as part of the carbon offset of activities
100% of effluent is treated before discharge by on-site wastewater treatment plants.

Valuing a dynamic workforce

Commitments :

35% women in management positions by 2030
100% of employees trained in ethics and sustainable development by 2023.

On this aspect, CIEL Textile indicates that :

98% of the workforce is currently employed on a permanent contract basis
Regular audits of all production sites are carried out according to the IFC’s human rights performance standards
Through its Leadership and Management Academy 361°, CIEL Textile has trained 2,500 employees in best practice operational excellence and management techniques

Supporting inclusive economic growth

Commitments :

Use of 30% certified and recycled raw materials by 2025 and 50% by 2030
Adoption of the Higg Index tool in the value chain representing 80% of the business volume, of which 50% implemented by 2030

On this axis, it is worth noting that :

91% of the materials used are made from 100% natural materials
18,000 employees in 4 countries participated in the Group’s annual “Act For Our Community” initiatives, supporting local NGOs
CIEL Textile has provided rigorous control and monitoring of its 1,150 suppliers and partners
CIEL Textile innovated in the circular economy with the creation and design of a 100% recycled T-shirt and a sweater made from waste.