Apparel manufacturers need to ensure they source cotton through sustainable supply chain and manufacture in an environment-friendly way, said leaders attending a conference on Sustainability in cotton supply chains held at HCM City in Vietnam recently. As per Trần Như Tùng, Deputy Chairman, Việt Nam Textile and Apparel Association the country is committed to achieving zero emissions by 2050, many local companies are reducing their environmental footprint. They need to ensure their cotton is sourced in a responsible way and is free from forced labor, he added.
Việt Nam’s textile and apparel industry aims to use power and water in a more circular, efficient and sustainable manner by 2039, he added further. Vũ Đức Giang, Chairman explained, companies making textile and apparel products need to ensure sustainability across all stages of production such as raw material farms, manufacturing lines and dyeing processes.
They need to use environment-friendly technologies and abide by global conventions on labor. Many Vietnamese businesses cannot export their goods to the US since they do not fulfill origin traceability requirements, he opined.
Võ Mạnh Hùng, US Cotton Council International, advised, businesses, especially exporters to the US, to partake in sustainable cotton programs to help certify businesses using transparent and sustainable material sources.
The US accounts for around 42 per cent of Việt Nam’s textile and apparel exports, and Việt Nam is one of the US’s biggest buyers of raw cotton. This year, Vietnam’s textile and garment exports to the US increased by 23 per cent to $22 billion.