Our supply chains are transparent. From product origin to label.

Every step in the production process is traceable. This is all thanks to our long-standing partnerships that help us to monitor and certify our supply chains and products.

Transparency along the entire value chain

Organic cotton from the Fairtrade-certified cooperative Rapar & Dhrangadhra Farmers Producers Company (RDFC)

Having an insight into complex supply chains is the first step towards sustainable, transparent textile production. Getting to know our factories–including by visiting them in person–allows us to ensure that social standards are being met and an effective chemicals management system is in place.

By means of local partners and independent certifications, we monitor the application of environmental and social requirements throughout the supply chain in addition to the usage of sustainable materials such as organic cotton or recycled fibres.

The textile value chain for cotton

Cotton cultivation

Planted and harvested predominantly without the use of pesticides and artificial fertilisers


Mechanical separation of cotton fibres from the seeds


Production of yarn from combed cotton

Weaving | Knitting

Processing of the yarn into high-quality woven or knitted fabrics


Use of environmentally friendly dyes, water treatment and preferably reuse

Printing | Finishing

Finishing and printing of precut fabric, primarily using GOTS-certified dyes


Processing of the finished precut fabric into items of clothing


Storage of the final products and delivery to our customers

An outstanding partnership: the Green Factory in India

Assembly at the Green Factory in Tiruppur, India

We have been working in partnership with SAGS Apparels for many years. In 2021, we jointly celebrated the opening of the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified Green Factory in India. This is the first time that an existing factory building in India has been awarded Platinum status.

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Grand Opening of the Green Factory in Tiruppur, India in 2020

The result: 60% of the energy used by the factory is now obtained from renewable sources; LEDs, modern machinery and technology save energy and therefore reduce CO2 emissions; rainwater run-off is collected; wastewater is treated; empty spaces on the site and on the roof have been ‘greened’; and solar panels have been installed.

When implementing the project we made every possible adjustment to improve sustainability. For example, we used local, recyclable construction materials and introduced a comprehensive water and chemicals management system.

Ganesh Anantharaman | Member of the Board at SAGS Apparels

Thanks to our commitment in this area, we were crowned the winner of the 2021 German Sustainability Award in the ‘Global Business Partnerships’ category. The jury was particularly impressed by our joint efforts towards a holistic circular textile economy.

Mathias Diestelmann and the Anantharaman brothers at the award ceremony for the 2021 German Sustainability Award [Copyright Dariusz Misztal]

Go on a journey!

Field and farmers of the Fairtrade-certified cotton cooperative RDFC

TRACYCLE gives you an insight into the supply chain: thanks to our in-house digital tracing tool you can follow your product’s journey from raw materials to shipping.

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