Our responsibility starts at our own doorstep – and applies to all activities worldwide. The textile industry is undergoing a period of change and is in urgent need of ecological production processes. We support the sustainable value creation of our customers by investing in renewable energies and by reducing the environmental impact through innovative processes and technologies.

We optimise our technologies and keep up with the latest developments in research. That’s how innovation happens. And the quality promise of A&E Gütermann remains. Your perfect seam starts with our employees. In the past, workers worked in isolation on their specific craft, but the needs of modern society require teams of interdisciplinary specialists. In our plants in Germany and Slovenia, highly specialised textile technologists, engineers, chemists and dyers work together to ensure that all details are coordinated. Our production sites in Sri Lanka and the USA have already stopped producing landfill waste.


In other countries, we are close to achieving the same. We also largely avoid plastic waste in our packaging. Where possible, we agree with our customers to avoid the use of any unnecessary packaging. An important step on the way to a sustainable textile industry is to reduce water consumption. Many of our plants – from Schwarzwald to Bangladesh – filter wastewater and process it into drinking water. In addition to this, 100% of the electricity consumption at our plant in Gutach im Breisgau comes from hydropower.


The increasing demand for environmentally friendly thread products continues to drive innovation.
For this reason, we have developed a variety of recycling threads whose raw material is derived from PET bottles.

recycled sewing threads


We have been complying with the specifications and guidelines of the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 for many years. We are also committed to avoiding the use of certain chemicals in our production. In addition, we also comply strictly with the European chemicals regulation REACH. And this applies not only throughout Europe, but in the whole world, ever since our merger in 2014 as an international thread manufacturer. We also aim to have a zero-waste policy.

OEKO-TEX® zertifiziert

Our sewing threads, fabrics and additional haberdashery articles fulfil the strict audit criteria with regard to low pollution. They are harmless and certified according to OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100. We will be happy to send you the respective OEKO-TEX® certificate via e-mail on request:

REACH Bestätigungsschreiben

Creating added value through responsibility: Our products and packaging materials as well as those of our suppliers do not contain any substances from the REACH candidate list according to Article 59 (1, 10) of Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006:
REACH confirmation letter / 417 KB

Mitglied der ZDHC Initiative

Together for a responsible chemicals management: A&E Gütermann is proud to be a member of the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) initiative. We are thus committed to eliminating hazardous chemicals in our manufacturing process and complying with the Manufactured Restricted Substances List / 8.7 MB

Higg Index Zertifikat

The Higg Index, an assessment tool for measuring sustainability performance along the textile value chain, has been common practice at A&E Gütermann since 2014. Thanks to our transparent sustainability concept, our European headquarters in Gutach received the Higg Index certification for the first time in 2016:
Higg Index Certificate / 115 KB

SEDEX / SMETA Zertifikat

For us, social responsibility means safeguarding the safety and human rights of every one of our employees, banning child labor and providing a comprehensive health service. We thus meet the international requirements of the Global Conformity Program and the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) Base Code according to SMETA: SEDEX/SMETA certificate / 528 KB

Energiemanagement zertifiziert

Staying ahead through efficient energy management: We continuously improve our energy performance certificate and take the regular revision of our energy targets seriously. Our energy management certification in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001:2011 also proves this:
DIN EN ISO 50001:2011 Certificate / 454 KB