Better Together.

We have embarked on an ambitious project to enhance the sustainability of our value chain. We invite you to partner with us as we work to transform business practices for a better world.

We acknowledge that the textiles industry has a history of poor labour and environmental practices, often sourcing from countries at risk of worker exploitation, modern slavery and environmental harm. Simba is no exception.

As such, we are committed to integrating ethical, social and environmental business practices in all aspects of our operations. As one of the largest Australian companies procuring textiles from high-risk regions, we recognise our potential to influence change, not only in Australia, but across our global supply chains.

Aligned with our motto of ‘better together’, we value our customers, our suppliers and all employees in our supply chain, and aim to empower them to work with us in pursuit of a sustainable future.

While our Ethical Sourcing Policy reinforces our ethical procurement commitments and sets a clear direction for our suppliers, we know there will always be room to do more. We aim to lead our sector in sustainable and ethical sourcing and strive for continuous improvement in our own operations and our supply chain.

Financial year 2018/19 sustainability pillar overview

12%

of Laundry customers provided RH meters and education to calibrate their dryers*

88%

of Suppliers (by volume)** have passed a 3rd party audit for Social and Ethical Compliance

2

Community projects started locally and internationally

*Independent testing shows that cotton with 0% humidity is 20% weaker than cotton with 8% humidity. We continue to educate our customers on how to measure and calibrate their dryers correctly in order to increase the lifespan of their products, but especially towels. **Currently ten of our suppliers have not been audited. We have set the goal for all suppliers to be audited within 12 months.

Sustainability is encompassed in our three key pillars for creating a better world.

“We are committed to making a better world through better business.”

Hiten and Anokhi Somaia

Our promise.

By 2030, we will be fully immersed in a circular economy by investing in a scalable end of life re-purposing program for 100% of our commercial linen.

To start this ambitious journey, our goal is to significantly deepen our sustainability and ethical procurement efforts in partnership with our suppliers and key customers. We seek to co-design innovative initiatives that benefit communities, reducing greenhouse emissions, water and waste, and benefiting the communities where we operate.

We will


  1. Ensure our Ethical Sourcing Policy defines our minimum acceptable ethical, labour and environmental standards.

  2. Benchmark our current position and document the work that needs to be done by us and our business partners to ensure a sustainable and ethical supply chain.

  3. Anchor our commitments in our values, moral compass and Rockefeller process.

  4. Ensure we continue to implement actions that reduce harm to the people working in our supply chain and the environments in which we collectively operate.

  5. Ensure our staff, stakeholders and business partners understand and embrace these commitments.

To ensure continuous improvement and transparency, we will audit and report on our environmental footprint annually.

We are actively working with our suppliers and business partners to ensure a net zero future.

We aim to delight the millions of people who use our linen while making the world a better place. We are auditing our environmental footprint including the communities where our cotton is grown, our linen manufacturing partners, and warehousing and distribution facilities.

We have engaged Ernst & Young to help us measure our carbon, water and waste footprint. We are auditing our environmental footprint including the communities where our cotton is grown, our linen manufacturing partners, and warehousing and distribution facilities. We are exploring how alignment to the sustainability strategies of our valued customers can create social and environmental benefits right across our value chain.