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Oeko-tex makes first sustainability awards

Oeko-tex makes first sustainability awards Source:
Date: 29-06-2013
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Oeko-Tex saw 80 certified companies from 22 countries apply for its first Sustainability Award. A seven-member jury selected the winners from 15 nominated companies in the five categories of environmental management, social responsibility, safety management, quality management and product innovation.

The award ceremony in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, was attended by 150 guests from industry, retail, associations, organisations, research institutions and the trade press.
The evening event also provided the official setting for the market launch of the new Oeko-Tex certification for Sustainable Textile Production (STe).
Oeko-Tex General Secretary, Dr Jean-Pierre Haug, said: “All companies nominated for the Sustainability Award have shown outstanding commitment to sustainability in their individual efforts and concepts.

Actually, they all deserve an award
The economic success of the companies in their market segments also illustrates that independent responsibility, best possible quality assurance as well as investments in environmentally friendly production technologies, social working conditions and development of innovative pay off, according to Oeko-Tex.
The jury members voted independently, selecting the following winners: Sung Hing Industries Holding Ltd, China (environmental management); Mattes & Ammann GmbH & Co KG, Germany (social responsibility); Veramtex S.A., Belgium (safety management); YKK Corporation, Japan (quality management); and Lenzing AG, Austria (product innovation)
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