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Our Sustainability strategy

We have developed an ambitious new strategy for Coats which we are proud to launch. Our strategy ‘Pioneering a sustainable future’ focuses on five priority areas where we can accelerate progress, through the targeted investment of capital and resources.

Read more below - or download a summary our Sustainability strategy here.

Pillar Why is this a priority?
Sustainability Water

Water: This is a precious resource. In some parts of the world as water scarcity becomes more apparent, then so do the risks we potentially face – not least competition for resources, higher costs, the effect on water quality, and the possibility that water shortages will limit production. These risks are often shared with the community around us.
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Sustainability Energy

Energy: The effects of climate change could have far reaching consequences and risks for our business, whether this relates to disruption to our supply chain, availability of raw materials or increased costs of energy. It is in our interests to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and to play a part in combating climate change.
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Sustainability Effluent and Emissions

Effluent and emissions: While we seek to optimize our processes, we will always generate some wastewater and some of this will be discharged to the environment. We have strict internal and external standards to which we adhere to protect our local environment and avoid damage to the watersheds on which ultimately both our business and the neighboring communities depend.
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Sustainability Social

Social: We are a global business that operates in over 50 countries on six continents, with a wide and diverse range of cultures. We seek to create a culture of inclusiveness, honesty, and positive teamwork where each employee can reach their potential in a safe working environment.

High ethical standards underpin the way we do business, as we build trust and ensure fair practices with our suppliers and customers.
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Sustainability Living

Living sustainably: Natural resources are becoming increasingly scarce. Environmental factors and population growth are increasing demand and putting pressure on the ecosystems of which we are a part.

We follow the principles of the waste hierarchy to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste in an efficient and, ultimately, value creating way. This requires us to use resources, efficiently and limit the disposal of waste to landfill.
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