Thinking about tomorrow today

We are a global player. And the future of the earth is something we don’t play with. Which is why we stand not only for worldwide seam competence, but also for responsibility towards people and the environment. Sustainable production methods are standard for us because that is the only way to make global
success long-lasting.

Living our values

carbon-footprintQuality and sustainability along the entire added value chain create true values – for you, for us and for coming generations. From management to production staff, we are committed to safeguarding these values anew – day in, day out. And the central value for us here is: Respect. We live out this respect every day: In the form of appreciation of and attention towards our employees. They are the foundation of our successful development and their health, safety and on-going training is a central concern for us. We also live out our sense of responsibility towards our customers and suppliers. And towards the planet. Today and for the future.

Quality is sustainable

Thinking and acting economically and sustainably are an important part of our corporate culture. For many years, we have been investing in innovative technologies and manufacturing processes at all of our production locations in order to permanently improve our environmental footprint – with noticeable success! For many years now, we have documented our production in accordance with the specifications and guidelines of OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100. In addition, we ensure minimal textile waste during production, low water consumption, highly economical use of dyes and chemicals and compliance with Europe’s REACH chemical directive:


OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 certificationThe OEKO-TEX® standard 100 is an independent inspection and certification system which applies for all products and processing stages of the textile value added chain - not just therefore for fabrics and finished textile products, but rather also for yarns, twisted threads, sewing threads and accessories such as buttons or zippers.

The OEKO-TEX® label has long been considered as a worldwide quality security system. Only those are awarded who are able to meet the strict test criteria regarding low pollution and harmlessness. In addition to the general conditions for the certification according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO TEX®, product class-specific requirements must also be met. OEKO-TEX® defines the corresponding product-class-specific limit values and fastnesses in appendix 4 and appendix 6. At A&E Gütermann, an effective and comprehensive quality assurance for the highest possible product safety takes priority. For this reason, we actively advocate for the compliance with those limit values and regularly subject our products to OEKO-TEX® audits and certifications. With success. On request via, we will gladly provide you with the desired OEKO-TEX® certificate by e-mail.


REACH confirmation letter use of chemicalsREACH stands for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. This EU ordinance No. 1907/2006 has been in force since 1st June 2007 in order to harmonise and simplify the laws on chemicals in all member states. As the only sewing thread manufacturer still producing their goods entirely in Germany, A&E Gütermann has strictly adhered to the requirements laid down in the EU ordinance with reference to the registrations, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of all chemicals used from the start.

This demonstrates that once again A&E Gütermann is making a contribution to high quality awareness and is adopting ecological responsibility. This is also a major advantage for the numerous clothing manufacturers worldwide who rely on our products and our competence; because they know that they are always on the safe side with A&E Gütermann.
Confirmation letter REACH: Download PDF / 417 KB

Energy Management

Energy Management System A&E GütermannA prerequisite of ISO 50001 certification is the introduction and implementation of a company-specific energy management system which must be continuously optimised. The objective of this is the ongoing improvement of energy certification. A&E Gütermann has been certified according to the Energy Management System (EnMS) based on the ISO standard 50001. This certification includes a detailed analysis of all energy-relevant processes, and defines the energy targets for the years to come.
DIN EN ISO 50001:2011 certificate: PDF Download / 454 KB

Higg Index

Higg Index certificate Sustainable Apparel CoalitionDeveloped by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the Higg Index is an assessment tool that allows companies of all sizes to accurately measure and score their sustainability performance along the entire textile value chain. It includes three modules: the brand, facility and product modules. While the brand module evaluates product-specific practices at the brand level, the facility module is dedicated to the assessment of materials, packaging, manufacturing facilities and suppliers. In the product module, however, product-specific impacts are assessed. The primary goal of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is to create a uniform, international assessment of the sustainability performance of textile and clothing manufacturers.
At A&E Gütermann, the Higg Index has been a common practice since 2014 – it is a valuable assessment tool that enables us to better understand the impacts of our products and manufacturing processes every day while identifying opportunities for innovation and improvement. Creating added value by acting responsibly and actively pursuing a transparent sustainability strategy - that is our commitment and our promise. Thus, we are proud to announce that in 2016, our European headquarters in Gutach received the Higg Index certification for the first time.

SEDEX-Audit according to SMETA

SEDEX / SMETA CertificationBehind the internationally recognized SEDEX/SMETA certification is the SEDEX audit procedure according to SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit). As part of the 4-Pillar model, A&E Gütermann was audited on Labour Standards, Health & Safety, Environmental Management and Business Ethics. The audit has shown that A&E Gütermann has fully met the international requirements of the Global Conformity program for sustainability and thus the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) Base Code, placing great emphasis on ethical and social sustainability principles. A&E Gütermann has always attached great importance to Social Responsibility. This includes not only to operate in a socially responsible fashion, considering the safety and human rights of workers, banning child labor or preventing discrimination within the work place, but also offering comprehensive health services and excellent education / training programs. SEDEX/SMETA Certificate: Download PDF / 528 KB