“Being conscientious comes from research, attention, deep commitment and pointed awareness about what is happening to our planet,” commented Fatih Konukoglu, CEO, Isko Division and board member, Sanko Group. “For Isko producing means caring about people, environment and products. This firm belief is the heart of our nurturing approach. As we believe in the future, we will continue to invest in protecting our planet.”
Anita Winsnes, managing director, Ecolabelling Norway, commented: “It’s great that the world’s biggest denim manufacturer shows such a commitment to sustainability. It’s important that companies like Isko clear the way for a green shift. When giants take steps towards more sustainability, the impacts are huge”.
EU Ecolabel is the official environmental label inside the European Union, and is based on a commitment to environmental sustainability according to criteria that have been developed and agreed upon by scientists, NGOs and stakeholders to create a credible and reliable way to make environmentally responsible choices.
EU Ecolabel is a holistic label which targets all relevant environmental issues in the entire lifecycle of the product – from resource-extraction, use of energy and chemicals and CO2-emissions, as well as the social conditions for works in the value chain. The scheme is voluntary, but hundreds of companies across Europe have joined because of EU Ecolabel’s competitive edge and commitment to the environment. Customers can rely on the logo because every product and service is checked by independent experts.
The EU Ecolabel was launched in 1992 by the European Commission in light of developing a Europe-wide voluntary environmental labelling scheme that consumers could trust. Now it counts 38,760 products in most different segments and services comprised by 1998 licenses (September 2016 reporting period). Among textiles and fiber manufacturers achieving this recognition there are also Lenzing, Advansa and Fulgar, although no other denim manufacturer has been certified before.