The CEO statement

'For TWE, sustainability will become an integral part of our very existence.
Throughout our entire worldwide organisation,
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) will be the driving force behind
our strategy and our mission...'

Read full statement of Jörg Ortmeier

TWEs sustainable strategy

Environment


Responsible Operations

  • We make an active contribution to avoiding energy losses and increasing energy efficiency.

  • We are committed to resource-conscious behaviour. (e.g.:increase use of renewable energy, develop circular product solutions)

  • All of our German plants have ISO 50001:2018 certification with the aim rolling this out into our global operations.

  • Our products are Ökotex 100 certified. We will reduce the use of resources, waste and sewage quantities.

  • We will reduce GHG emissions and other environmental impact factors and ensure this by using appropriate working and operating equipment.

  • We will fully comply with environmental laws, regulations and standards to achieve zero material non-compliance issues.

Social


Empowerment Culture

  • We pursue systematic human resources development as a basis for qualified employees.

  • We design the corporate processes and products in such a way that the social expectations and all legal regulations are fulfilled.

  • Out of intrinsic motivation and a sense of responsibility towards our employees and their families as well as towards visitors, we identify and effectively manage health and safety risks associated with activities conducted in the Company.

  • We value very highly the TWE values with social impact such as Responsibility, Respect, Trust and Togetherness.

  • We work according to the UNGC (United Nations Global Compact) principles.

  • We strive to implement the guidance for social responsibility standard ISO 26000:2010 into our quality system

Governance


Business Potential

  • Our management processes are based on Continuous Improvement in order to continue producing high quality, innovative,

  • competitive products on time in order to comply with our customers’ needs.

  • All of our lead plants and most of the other plants have the ISO9001:2015 certification

  • We integrate our suppliers at an early stage to achieve a supplier and product development based on partnership.

  • We use innovative technologies taking account of economic aspects.

  • We are committed to operating ethically, transparently, without bribery and corruption, throughout our global operations.

Our sustainable solutions

- CIRCULAR

With the rePEaT product range, we have added further sustainable nonwovens to our portfolio. The product range is divided into three different areas:
rePEat Circular, rePEat Social and rePEaT Bio.


rePEaT Circular includes products that we manufacture from 100% polyester-based waste from our customers. This involves setting up a logistics system for storing and processing this waste, from which we produce a granulate there. This granulate is used to produce new polyester staple fibers, which we reuse for the production of nonwoven products. In this way, we can offer a complete cradle-to-cradle solution.

Nonwovens production

Product

Use by customer

Return Disassembly

Technical Nutrients

Product cycle

Cradle-to-cradle

However, rePEaT Circular also covers products manufactured with an increased use of recycled fibers.

These include:

 

Mechanically bonded nonwovens.
These are made from up to 100 % recycled PET bottles.


Thermally bonded nonwovens.
These can be made from up to 92 % recycled PET bottles.


Chemically bonded nonwovens.
Here, a proportion of up to 75 % recycled PET bottles is possible.

Higher recycled

content nonwovens

- BIO

Under rePEaT Bio you will find products made from natural fibers and biodegradable fibers.

Our products are made from the following fibers, among others: 

Jute

Kenaf

Hemp

Bamboo fiber

Wool

Coconut fiber

Flax

Pineapple Leafs

Organic Cotton

We also use biodegradable fibers for the production of our nonwovens.
Possible raw materials are:

  • Polyester-based virgin raw materials that are >90% biodegradable after 3 years (according to ISO15985/ASTM D5511). The half-life of normal PET is >2500 years. 

  • Other biopolymers

  • Nonwovens made of PLA (PLA=Poly Lactid Acid) e.g. from corn or manioc

  • Nonwovens made from PLA/PBS (PLA=Poly Lactid Acid PBS= Poly Butylene Succinate)

Certification and partnerships


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing - in a global partnership. Find out more here.

The United Nations Global Compact is the world's largest and most important initiative for responsible corporate governance. Based on 10 universal principles and the Sustainable Development Goals, it pursues the vision of an inclusive and sustainable global economy for the benefit of all people, communities and markets, today and in the future. Learn more about the SDG's here.