WATER IN THE TEXTILES SECTOR
Water is a vital sustainability consideration for the textiles and apparel sector. It can also be one of the most complicated to manage.
Many strategies focus on site-level water usage and pollution, but addressing all of the sector’s water risks — from water scarcity impacting raw materials to a lack of safe water for workers — requires us to think beyond the four walls of the fabric mill, dyehouse or manufacturing facility. It requires an understanding of how water impacts are felt across a business and its value chain.
The Alliance for Water Stewardship provides a systematic and auditable approach to guide your water stewardship journey, along with the tools, expertise and helping hands needed to implement the AWS Standard across value chains.
Global climate change, growing economies and changing lifestyles are putting increasing pressure on the earth’s limited freshwater resources. Water stewardship is a holistic approach for using and protecting the water we all depend on.
Our approach to water stewardship not only ensures that the most important water risks are managed but also provides a mechanism to inspire conversations and action among those entities sharing water resources. The result: stronger stakeholder relationships and an increase in a community’s collective resilience.
Read Water Stewardship – A Briefing for the Textiles & Apparel Sector, for more information.
The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) exists to tackle the urgent global challenges driven by water insecurity. Our mission is to ignite and nurture global and local leadership in credible water stewardship that recognises and secures freshwater’s social, cultural, environmental and economic value.
Learn more about us by reading the AWS Strategy 2022-2030: Accelerating Impact.