Sustainability is much more than 3Ps – People, Planet and Profit as productivity and efficiency are also the key contributors in making any organization more sustainable. Most of the apparel exporters, especially SMEs should start thinking and investing from this perspective in sustainable initiatives. Whereas huge investments are concerned in Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD), one has to go for it as it is the ‘law of the land’ and should be implemented in a phased manner. Reimaging sustainability in designing enterprises of the future and many such kinds of thought-provoking discussions took place at the Sustainable Business Leadership Forum, instituted by Sustainability Outlook (cKinetics) in New Delhi, India. From top management of many companies to chief sustainability officers of corporate houses that are at the forefront with sustainable approach, and participants from top apparel companies, international brands and many other industries actively participated at the daylong event.
Biswajit Nanda, VP (Operation), Shahi Exports while sharing his experience informed how a fabric, which was earlier being sold at £ 45, was after few years priced at £ 25…, and it can’t be possible without overall sustainable initiatives. He also insisted on making the entire system predictable. TN Thirukumar, MD, Jansons Industries Ltd., Tiruchengode, who also attended the event, shared that implementation of various lean tools made his home textile business profitable. “We shared our data with our stakeholders and then improved our working system wherever required,” he mentioned. Sumeet Nath, Partner, Raj Overseas, Panipat also insisted on ZLD implementation in a phased manners.
One of the key highlights of the event was ‘Sustainability Innovation Circle’, a platform where companies presented their disruptive innovations from Indian industry under the four categories – Resource Efficient Systems, Water and Waste Water, Creating newer market segments and Materials.
For a detailed report, please read the upcoming issue of Apparel Online India magazine.