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We’ve entered into a partnership with WWF Sweden during 2021 focusing on water stewardship within our value chain and beyond. Within this partnership we will work together with WWF to assess the water risks in our supply chains and the river basins they are connected to, and based on this, update our water strategy to address these risks. Being a water steward also means working with collective action together with other stakeholders in the industry and on the ground, in their key water risk areas.

About the partnership

Water is our most precious resource. We can't live without it, and nor can the vast numbers of species. But we are facing a global water crisis. The textile industry is an important focus area for WWF as raw materials and processing locations are often based in some of the world’s most water-stressed and polluted river basins. To address this, WWF has developed a best practice company approach for sustainable water management called Water Stewardship. It focuses on five steps: water awareness, knowledge of impact, internal action, collective action, and influence governance. During the partnership period, we and WWF will go through all of these steps, starting with water awareness and knowledge of impact by assessing our water risk and key impact areas. Based on the findings, our water strategy will be updated and include both internal and collective action in a selected key water risk basin for us. We and WWF will also work together to influence water governance locally in selected river basins and influence global policy when relevant. We will both use and contribute to the development of the WWF Water Risk Filter, an online tool that enable users to explore, assess, and respond to water risks. We will regularly assess the water-related aspects of its value chain of apparel & textile production including dyeing and washing processes through the Water Risk Filter. The overall water risk indicated for each of their business partners’ facilities will steer and guide toward specific actions to address the challenges.

"GANT was born where America meets the Atlantic. Coastal living is part of our heritage, and water is central to our commitment to creating a more sustainable future. Our vision is that by 2030, GANT will be a brand known and loved for leading the journey to protect the waterways of the world.” - Jessica Cederberg Wodmar, Global Sustainability Director at GANT