Lindex supports PaCT project for cleaner water in Bangladesh

Lindex has signed up a four year agreement with IFC to develop guidelines and training for a cleaner and more resource-efficient production in factories in Bangladesh.

The overall project goal is to enhance the long-term competitiveness and sustainability of the textile wet processing sector in Bangladesh by reducing environmental and related social impacts that result from prevailing practices in textile wet processing, particularly excessive groundwater extraction and surface water pollution, but including energy and chemical use.

“We had a successful pilot project with two of our main suppliers 2011-2012 where with simple measures such as repairing leaks in steam lines and provide all water hoses with energy nozzle, saved more than 16 million liters of water per year. By working with these issues and to participate in workshops, the awareness of cleaner and more resource -efficient production increases and it was just as important to do something good for the environment and local people, as lowering costs, “said Ingela Lind, Lindex

Our goal is that all our key suppliers in Bangladesh will have completed the program and begins use resources better and releasing cleaner water. Which in turn means that nearly 80 % of our purchases come from factories with less emissions before this program is finished, concludes Ingela Lind, Lindex.

PaCT is an $11 million program funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Dhaka, with sponsorship coming from C&A, H&M, Inditex, G-Star, KappAhl, Lindex, Primark, and Tesco.

PaCT is implemented by IFC, in partnership with Solidaridad Network, and in cooperation with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private enterprises in more than 100 countries, IFC uses its capital, expertise, and influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. In FY13, IFC’s investments climbed to an all-time high of nearly $25 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs and tackle the world’s most pressing development challenges.  Through PaCT, IFC provides advisory services to help strengthen the development of the private sector in Bangladesh.

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For more information, please contact:
Kaisa Lyckdal
Press Relations Manager Lindex
Phone: +46 (0)31 739 50 60
E-mail: kaisa.lyckdal@lindex.com




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