At its very core, sustainability is the art of creating allies of diverse stakeholders who champion divergent interests. At Arvind, we are not just ensuring that our business remains fundamentally right but also contributes towards achieving the sustainability goals set by our clients and staying true to the expectations of our varied stakeholders. We remain well poised to match up to their expectations and perform at par with the international benchmarks. Our USP has turned our partners into allies, who are now aligned with our business.
Thus, a core tenet of Fundamentally Right is to proactively seek and cultivate allies to achieve larger sustainability goals faster.
We harness methodologies and promote responsible farming techniques like organic farming and Better Cotton Initiative to ensure that cotton farmers, the communities, and mother Earth reap the benefits of our fabrics. We have also started a new initiative around Regenerative Organic farming, aiming at the holistic development of farms and farming communities. We are working closely with more than 80,000 farmers covering an area of 300,000 acres for cultivation of sustainable cotton with reduced environmental impacts and to generate positive social impact.
To keep our 30,000+ workforce updated, we design and implement the comprehensive employee engagement and development programs, foster a conducive work environment and consistently provide opportunities for professional and personal development. We have spelled out guidelines to ensure that we engage in fair labour practices. This includes payment of minimum wages, protection of human rights, prevention of child/forced labour and encouraging best practices of health and safety.
This year, we expanded our facility at Santej Textile Complex, India’s largest rooftop solar power generation facility. This plant now has an installed capacity of 18.7 MW and can generate up to 26 million kWh of energy every year. This takes our total Solar capacity across various sites to 25 MW.
We have achieved 90% usage of recycled water across our various production units. Most of our production units are operating on 100% recycled water. We also have India’s largest Zero Liquid Discharge plant with a recycling capacity of 18 million litres per day. During the reporting period, we also focused on rainwater harvesting and saved water for washing, which is a high water consuming process.
The more value we generate, the more we can distribute to our stakeholders, and the more we can invest in sustainable innovation. Over the period of time, we have utilized different financial tools to access capital for expanding the capacities, fuelling growth, nurturing talent, leveraging technology, and giving back to the community and environment. Going ahead, Arvind’s value creation agenda involves continuing to scale-up and solidify our core textile business. Also, we aim to consistently grow our asset-light garment business model as a part of our vertical integration strategy.