2020 - a year when cooperation has been more important than ever.
2020 goes down in history as a very unusual year. We do not yet know how the pandemic will affect the world in the long run. We know, however, that for the Swedish Textile Service Association it has involved extensive communication with the government, with the aim of showing how the textile service industry is also indirectly affected by the restrictions on travel, gatherings, cultural and sporting events that have been put in place to slow the spread. It is therefore highly reasonable that the textile service industry also receives part of support directed at affected industries. Events like this show the importance of an industry that, despite mutual competition, holds together when the storm blows. We overlook our differences and focus on common issues.
In the wake of the pandemic, questions have also been raised about the use of disposable materials as a more hygienic alternative to textiles. In such situations, it is important to be able to keep several thoughts in your head at the same time. Alongside the pandemic, the climate issue is still a matter of fate. The circular business model that is the basis for the textile service industry's operations is a fantastic example of how we must move towards a service-oriented consumption in order to live within the boundaries of the planet. Going from circular models to linear ones, and thus increasing resource use and waste generation, is therefore not an option. Instead, we ensure our high hygiene requirements and communicate this to the market.
2020 has also been marked by continued discussion about opportunities and conditions for integration in Swedish society and in the Swedish labor market. The statistics compiled in this year's sustainability report clearly show that the textile service industry is an important cog in this context. Since 2014, the proportion of foreign-born in the industry's largest occupational group has increased by 10% units and today the proportion amounts to 49%. A job in the textile service industry has often meant an enormous amount to the individual and his family - materially, but also socially and mentally.
This year's sustainability report clearly shows the great social responsibility that the textile service industry takes. With about 450 workplaces in various company forms and about 5 employees, the industry had sales of almost SEK 000 billion in 5,7. As an industry association, the Swedish Textile Service Association welcomes all members, regardless of ownership - region, state, municipality, large international groups and family-owned businesses.
The Swedish Textile Service Association's sustainability report 2020 is the seventh in a row. By selecting a number of indicators and annually following up and publishing the development within these in our sustainability report, we create an increased knowledge of how the industry is developing and a basis for how the association can support the members in a continuous improvement work.
The Swedish Textile Service Association supports the UN initiative Global Compact and its 10 principles in human rights, work, the environment and anti-corruption. This is concretized, among other things, through the union's cooperation with the Swedish Tax Agency to prevent irregularities, zero tolerance for discrimination and review of the members' environmental and work environment work in the annual authorization inspection.
Chairman of the Federation
Malmö December 2020