The 2015 State of the Apparel Sector – Special Report on Water is now finalised

Nov 10

In preparation for the 2015 GLASA Award and Global Symposium, GLASA commissioned The Sustainable Business Group to provide and conduct and analysis regarding how water demand and scarcity will affect the apparel sector.

After a global consultation process, the final version of the report is now available here.

Should you have any additional questions please contact Mike Schragger, Chair of the GLASA Award, at or by phone at +46733309060.

And the winner is… Pratibha Syntex!!!

Sep 2

It was a very difficult choice, as all the 2015 GLASA Finalists are leaders in their respective categories. But on Thursday, August 17th, in Stockholm, the GLASA Jury announced the winner of the 2015 GLASA Award: Pratibha Syntex!

Here is the jury’s motivation:

Pratibha Syntex’s owners, employees and their families have faced an intensifying water crisis for more than a decade. They therefore made the wise decision that operating with a business-as-usual mindset made no environmental, social or economic sense. Instead, with ceaseless discipline, they began to develop and implement water-efficient approaches that are comprehensive, visionary and yield substantial water savings. Pratibha leads the way in the development of organic farming techniques, supports capacity building and economic development for thousands of farmers, applies the best available water efficient dyeing techniques to fabric manufacturing, and with their eye on the future, pioneers the development of highly water-efficient fabrics and business models that are not cotton dependent. Their water improvements are even more impressive and inspirational given they are being achieved during a time when the Indian apparel industry is growing rapidly and is very thirsty. And the future is even brighter – by further applying their exceptional solutions they will be able to reduce their dependence on water by an additional 1 billion liters, thereby reducing risk for at least 30,000 farmers and their families. This is good news for those living in water stressed regions, and for the suppliers, brands, retailers and customers that rely on Pratibha’s products and services. This is even better news for the farmers and fabric manufactures that need leaders to show them the way in this water stressed world.

The jury awards The 2015 Global Award in Sustainable Apparel to Pratibha Syntex.



Aug 20

The focus for GLASA 2015 is how the apparel sector contributes to and is impacted by the emerging water crisis, and what the sector can and must do to address it. Our 2015 State of the Apparel Sector analysis on water indicates that efficiency improvements alone will not be sufficient to solve the apparel sector’s water challenges. The main reason is that the growth in demand for water, from both apparel and non-apparel users, is expected to impact the sector dramatically in the years ahead. In particular, competition for productive land and water resources for food is estimated to increase by 50 percent by 2030. Ultimately, this means that growth in water demand is likely to erode any efficiency improvements that may be achieved with current approaches. The growing water crisis is the elephant in the board room for apparel and textile companies and needs to be acknowledged as such.

GLASA commissioned The Sustainable Business Group to assess the human, environmental and business case for accelerating water management improvements in the apparel sector in light of an increasingly water constrained world. This analysis is now available in the 2015 State of the Apparel Sector Special Report. The report describes what these challenges mean for the apparel industry, and what practices – technological, financial, policy, advocacy and collaborative – are currently underway to reduce the water footprint of apparel and textiles. The good news is that strong innovators and promising initiatives have emerged over the last years and the GLASA jury has had many candidates to consider when choosing this year’s finalists. But after intensive deliberation, the jury has selected the following five finalists for special recognition:

  • China Water Risk – Works in the area of advocacy and investor engagement;
  • Dyecoo – Offers a radical innovation – waterless dyeing;
  • Levi Strauss & Co. – Attacks water challenges systematically, from cotton fields to consumer use;
  • Pratibha Syntex – Has invested in vertical integration and the holistic management of water;
  • SWAR (Sweden Textile Water Initiative – Sustainable Water Resources Management) – Established a model for how brands, suppliers, government and technology providers can collaborate to reduce water use.

Each finalist represents a leading practice in their category (Advocacy, Technological Innovation, Collaboration, Brand Leadership in the Supply Chain, Manufacturer Leadership in the Supply Chain). Together they illustrate a comprehensive range of approaches that will help the apparel sector transform they way we manage our precious water resources. An award winner will be selected from these five finalists at the award ceremony on August 27 in Stockholm, Sweden. More information about these finalists can be found at

Danish apparel sector natural capital account

Oct 21

The Danish apparel sector is globally recognised and economically important to the Nordic region. The textile sector for Denmark had an estimated value of DKK 38.6bn in 2012 (DMOGT, 2013), including apparel and other textiles. Like most apparel, it is associated with environmental impacts across supply chains worldwide. The Danish Environmental Protection Agency commissioned Niras, 2.-0 LCA consultants and Trucost to conduct a triple-level natural capital valuation to determine the impacts of apparel production , where they occur and what the significant impacts are in monetary terms. The analysis focuses on three levels of the apparel sector in Denmark. These are:

• National sector-level (including all apparel consumed within Denmark)

• Company-level (including all IC Group core brands)

• Fibre-level (agricultural/raw material production phase of individual fibre types)

This helps stakeholders to understand the natural capital dependencies throughout differing levels of the apparel sector supply chain, allowing better development of sourcing policies and interventions for improvements.

Natural capital accounting in the apparel sector is receiving increased interest, with the 2014 Global Leadership Award in Sustainable Apparel (GLASA) focussing on natural capital advancement in the sector (SFA, 2014). The relevance of natural capital accounting for apparel companies is being driven by factors such as water scarcity, which is threatening crop production as demonstrated by cotton slumps and price hikes following droughts in China and the US, and reputational risk, as witnessed by campaigns over factory working conditions and hazardous chemicals. The study captures greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, air and water pollution and water consumption, as well as the impact of indirect land use change (ILUC).

The study does not capture the direct land use change or other environmental aspects. Over 80% of Danish apparel is imported as finished product, and most of the environmental impacts are associated with activity outside of the country. The figure shows the distribution of impacts across the three key import countries (Turkey, China and India) for finished apparel, along with impacts associated with the rest of the world (RoW).

The full report can be found here

2014 GLASA Award Movie

May 27

If you didn’t attend the 2014 GLASA Award, or simply want to reminisce over an inspiring and exciting day, please click on the video below. The award ceremony took place on the evening of the 23rd of April, at the beautiful venue of Odd Fellow in Copenhagen, Denmark. Previously during the day a symposium was held at Børsen, in which specially invited participants discussed Natural Capital Accounting, the theme of the 2014 GLASA Award. Enjoy!