According to UN; Sustainability is a simple concept. In 1987, the UN Brundtland Commission defined sustainable development as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The UN definition of sustainability is in consideration and motivation of SLN.
SLN Sustainability frame is the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, those which are linked to SLN’s operations.
SDGs 3 Achievements beyond legal requirements together with ISO 45001.
SDGs 5, 10, 17 Collaboration with UN Agencies, Government, NGOs, Universities/Academics and professionals to conduct capacity building projects/programs.
SDGs 6 Providing standards beyond legal requirements on wastewater and drinking water.
SDGs 8, 12 Regular facility assessments based on local legislations and universal standards.
SDGs 9 Increasing percentage of digitalization and lean manufacturing systems within operations.
SDGs 12 Providing sustainable materials/products since 2009 via certifications.
SDGs 12 GRI Sustainability report publication as the first garment manufacturer in Türkiye.
SDGs 13 Carbon Footprint measurements and reporting.
SDGs 7,13,17 As of January 2021; I-REC Certified Clean and renewable energy usage in all SLN facilities.
SLN is the signatory of UNFCCC Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action as of Q4 2018 as the first manufacturer around the globe ( See SLN commitment), UN Global Compact Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs) as of 2017 and Social Labor Convergence Project (SLCP) since 2017.
SLN is supporting and using converged industry initiatives/tools such as SLCP, HIGG-INDEX and ZDHC to assess labor, health & safety, environmental and chemical performances at the facilities and aiming to minimize duplication effort. SLN Group of Companies are conducting/completing HIGG-INDEX and SLCP tools once in a year and also hosting verification. In addition to its legally required wastewater tests, SLN Dye House is conducting wastewater tests based on ZDHC guidelines twice a year.
SLN has been hosting/receiving about 10 regular brand assessments in each facility per year and posting the assessment reports in FFC platform. Furthermore; the facilities have been assessed by different type of certification parties in each year.
Lean Manufacturing system is in place and regular assessments are conducted by the professionals to measure lean performance at the facilities.
Awareness raising projects on women/workers empowerment, transparency and energy efficiency assessments.