Sustainability for A&E Gütermann means the constant effort to seek harmony between economy and ecology. We aim to create sustainable value in each and every respect. As the European Headquarters of the A&E Group, A&E Gütermann makes an important contribution to achieve the global environmental and sustainability goals.

Reduktion Treibhausgase und Stromverbrauch

A&E Gütermann is committed to reducing its global GHG intensity and global energy intensity each year, reducing its global power consumption in KwH per kilogram
of thread since 2006 by 7%.

Carbon Footprint Reduction

Since 2006, A&E Gütermann reduced its carbon footprint measured in CO2e per kilogram of thread by 11%. A&E Gütermann is committed to helping
protect the environment.


A&E Gütermann researches water-saving technologies, investing over $12 million in state-of-the-art wastewater treatment and recycling technology since 2010.

Kein Deponie-Abfall

16 A&E Gütermann Operations and support facilities have achieved 100% zero-waste-to-landfill status in 2017 from just two in 2015.

Reduktion Wasserverbrauch

A&E Gütermann has reduced its global water consumption in litres per kilogram of thread by 48% since 2006.

Investment in modernste Abwasseraufbereitungs- und Recyclingtechnologien

A&E has recycled and reused over 1.5 billion litres of wastewater since 2013.


The following steps have been established in the production of our premium sewing threads and have been a lived practice at A&E Gütermann for many years:

1. Reduced CO2-emission (global carbon footprint)
2. Water conservation and recycling
3. Energy conservation
4. Sustainable packaging
5. Waste reduction and recycling
6.  Sustainable products
7.  Global EHS and social responsibility
8.  Supply chain sustainability
9.  Eco-Driven product stewardship
10. Eco-Driven employee education and involvement


We strive continously to improve our performance in key areas of environmental sustainability, while acting transparently and ethically. Each year, we measure our performance against the targets outlined in our 10 Threads of Sustainability. The theme of this year's Sustainability Report is 'A focus on the future'. It is this futuristic focus that drives us to keep in mind how all of our actions and activities will affect the world both today and in the future. Because our responsibility starts at our own doorstep – and applies worldwide.