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    Announcing Our 2025 Sustainability Goals

    With our vision firmly fixed on a sustainable future, Jacob Holm is proud to announce the official launch of our 2025 Sustainability Metrics. As a global leader of sustainability in nonwoven fabrics, we’re charting a path forward with aggressive goals that will reduce our environmental impact.

    Using our 2018 numbers as a benchmark, we’re committing to the reaching the following sustainable metrics by 2025:

    A five percent reduction in net water usage

    A ten percent reduction in energy consumption

    A fifteen percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

    A thirty percent reduction in waste to landfill

    We’re tracking all these figures for every kilogram of material produced. Not only are we pursuing these goals through smarter, optimized production, we’re also upgrading our materials and technology. We’re already seeing energy savings through initiatives like our switch to LED lighting, the improvement of our HVAC systems, and the optimization of our fabric mix.

    Jacob Holm is also helping our partners both up- and down-stream. With our innovative Jacob Holm eCO 2 -quation app, our customers can track the carbon footprint of the products they order and optimize their selections based on key performance indicators. And by combining our efforts with non-profit partners like Una Ciudad para Todos, “A City For Everyone,” in Spain, we’re redirecting our waste material in conscious, beneficial ways that help us reach toward social sustainability as we reach toward environmental sustainability. 

    Jacob Holm’s 2025 Sustainability Metrics provide a measurable, transparent framework in which to realize our deep commitment to the environment. We’re proud to move forward together with our partners. 

    Announcing Our 2025 Sustainability Goals

    With our vision firmly fixed on a sustainable future, Jacob Holm is proud to announce the official launch of our…

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    Smart Investment Brings Both Business and Environmental Sustainability

    Investing in one aspect of sustainability often makes another aspect possible. Jacob Holm’s supply chain forms the foundation of all our processes. Our sustainable business – and our commitment to quality – depend on its reliability. That’s why we’ve recently invested in the warehousing and converting capabilities of our Sontara® facility in Asturias, Spain. Not only is our supply chain stronger, we’ve been able to reduce our overall shipping load, leading to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. According to the European Chemical Transport Associations, this annual reduction in greenhouse gas amounts to 150,000 kilograms, or 150 metric tons. That’s the equivalent of saving the emissions of a car driving 750,000 kilometers, equal to nineteen times around the earth’s equator or to the moon and back!

    Smart Investment Brings Both Business and Environmental Sustainability

    Investing in one aspect of sustainability often makes another aspect possible. Jacob Holm’s supply chain forms the foundation of all…

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    Donation to Diaper bank of NC

    Jacob Holm is a family business, and we believe all families should have access to proper hygiene. Though we’re most known for our consumer wipes products, we’re also heavily involved in the hygiene market, producing a range of diaper components. ]

    As part of our commitment to social sustainability, we were excited to make a donation to the diaper bank of North Carolina as part of their inaugural fundraising gala in 2019.

    Research shows that providing families with access to diapers leads to improved physical health in children and better mental health in their parents. Another benefit is improved employment consistency for working parents, which contributes to both social and economic sustainability.

    A grassroots non-profit founded by moms, the Diaper Bank has made huge strides toward ensuring no baby in North Carolina goes without the basic necessity of diapers. It’s a simple step toward the overall goal of greater family stability, and Jacob Holm is proud to be a part of it. 

    Donation to Diaper bank of NC

    Jacob Holm is a family business, and we believe all families should have access to proper hygiene. Though we’re most…

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    Meeting our Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

    Through concerted efficiency measures aimed at increasing our overall environmental sustainability, Jacob Holm’s Sontara® plants in Old Hickory, Tennessee, and Asturias, Spain, are on track to meet their annual greenhouse gas reduction targets. Set as part of our commitment to global emissions reduction of fifteen percent by 2025, these greenhouse gas targets showcase our ambitious innovation in sustainable manufacturing. We specifically appreciate the valuable efforts of our production teams in Tennessee and Spain, led by Lee Guthrie and Jose Maria Rodriguez Infanzon. From our board room to the production floor, Jacob Holm is committed to a more sustainable future, all over the globe.

    Meeting our Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

    Through concerted efficiency measures aimed at increasing our overall environmental sustainability, Jacob Holm’s Sontara® plants in Old Hickory, Tennessee, and…

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    Jacob Holm Supports United Way

    Each year, Jacob Holm workers foster social sustainability in the most direct way possible: by giving from their own paychecks. Our employees support the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County with tens of thousands of dollars yearly, and we’re proud to say that we match their donations. In addition to this direct monetary support, we encourage our workers to take an active role in helping United Way, offering paid time off for volunteer events such as the United Way Days of Caring, and other community events like building and renovation projects at local schools . In the United Way, we’ve found a valuable partner to make use of our employees’ generosity and community spirit, and we look forward to our ongoing partnership.

    Jacob Holm Supports United Way

    Each year, Jacob Holm workers foster social sustainability in the most direct way possible: by giving from their own paychecks….

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    Jacob Holm Quality Policy

    Jacob Holm is committed to providing our customers with high quality nonwovens and service. To maximize customer trust in these…

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    Securing Trust Through Sustainability Certifications

    At Jacob Holm, we take our product quality very seriously, and we believe that sustainability and quality go hand-in-hand. To establish our commitment to both, we’ve achieved a range of certifications by putting into place measurable sustainability practices. Though we’re a centuries-old company, our youthful spirit guides us. We value the agility to work with our customers to seek the certifications that fit their end-consumers’ needs and growing desire for transparency in the supply chain. These technologies and certifications symbolize our commitment to quality, sustainability and earning our customers’ trust.

    Sustainable Products

    We offer fabric solutions made from a range of sustainably-sourced, natural, recyclable and biodegradable raw materials. We’ve developed the ability to work with recycled fibers such as cotton and polyester, as well as virgin fibers of natural origin like cotton, organic cotton, hydrophobic cotton and pulp made from bamboo, flax and hemp, as well as plant-based fibers like viscose, lyocell, PLA® and cellulose acetate. 

    We also produce finished goods that are HALAL®-certified, Leaping Bunny-certified and Vegan-certified. 

    Responsible Forest Management

    Bureau Veritas Certification Holding SAS certifies that the company has implemented an FSC™ product group control system according to the Forest Stewardship Council™ certification system.

    Jacob Holm has implemented an FSC™ product group control system according to the Forest Stewardship Council™ certification system in three manufacturing sites:

    • Asturias, Spain (FSC-C140069)
    • Soultz, France (FSC-C001586)
    • Candler, NC US (FSC-C116044)

    This certification guarantees that at these sites, Jacob Holm raw materials procured from forests are handled responsibly and provide environmental and monetary well-being to the forest communities.

    Jacob Holm’s manufacturing site in Soultz (France) also holds the PEFC Chain of Custody certificate and the manufacturing site in Candler (NC, US) the SFI Chain of Custody certificate. PEFC and SFI are eco-labels for responsible forest management. They ensure that forests are managed according to environmental, social and economic criteria.

    Sustainability Certifications of Jacob Holm production plants

    Jacob Holm Industries (France), SAS FSC®PEFC™GOTSOeko Tex®OK Biodegradable SOILISO 9001:2015
    Jacob Holm Industries (America), Inc. FSC®SFI®
    Sontara Old Hickory, Inc. Oeko Tex®ISO 9001:2015ISO 22716:2007
    Sontara Asturias S.A.U. FSC®ISO 14001:2015ISO 9001:2015OHSAS 18001:2007

    Securing Trust Through Sustainability Certifications

    At Jacob Holm, we take our product quality very seriously, and we believe that sustainability and quality go hand-in-hand. To…

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    Building Community through the United Way’s Homework Diner

    Employees at Jacob Holm’s Candler, NC, plant advance social sustainability by engaging in “Homework Diners,” a program of the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. According to the United Way, Homework Diners, which began in late 2016, “are a dynamic, comprehensive strategy that surrounds students and their families with a continuum of coordinated supports including: tutoring, opportunities to build parent-teacher relationships, a free and nutritious meal, connections to community resources and workforce readiness. Jacob Holm employees volunteer as tutors and give ongoing support to local middle school students and their families, continuing virtually even during the COVID-19 crisis. 

    Building Community through the United Way’s Homework Diner

    Employees at Jacob Holm’s Candler, NC, plant advance social sustainability by engaging in “Homework Diners,” a program of the United…

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    Caring for our Workers – Both On and Off the Job

    Jacob Holm aims to provide our employees worldwide with a sustainable working environment. In the US, we work hard to provide the best possible healthcare coverage to all of our employees, and we’re proud to say that more than 90% of our US workers have chosen to participate in our healthcare benefits program.

    While most employers contribute only 82% for their workers’ employee-only plans, and only about 71% for family plans, Jacob Holm pays between 85% -95% of our employee premium, providing a meaningful benefit for our employees.

    In addition, we offer two outstanding options for both medical and dental plans, allowing our employees the opportunity to find the best fit for their needs. Jacob Holm covers our health reimbursement plan 100%, giving our workers peace of mind. Employees choose between dental plans: We cover 65% -70% of one option and 100% of the other. 

    Caring for our workers means valuing their safety and wellbeing in all aspects of life. This is why, in addition to healthcare coverage, we also provide monthly physical and financial wellness programs. In Europe and the Americas, we offer activities that provide employees with opportunities to become more financially aware, so they can be happier and more comfortable with their finances in the future. In addition, we provide financial counselors to help our employees improve their overall financial well-being.

    “Our new team members are always surprised by and pleased with our benefits package and say their employee cost is much less than what was paid at previous jobs” says Robin Devlin, Regional Benefits Specialist. 

    We value our people. Our investment in their physical and financial well-being is one way we have invested in caring for them and their future.

    Caring for our Workers – Both On and Off the Job

    Jacob Holm aims to provide our employees worldwide with a sustainable working environment. In the US, we work hard to…

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    Upcycling For Childrens’ Happiness

    Community outreach is a key pillar of the Jacob Holm social sustainability strategy. As part of these initiatives, we seek sustainable solutions for our production waste that benefit our local communities. We’re proud to say that one of our solutions is the donation of fiber and fabric from our converting site in Madison, Tennessee, to a local company that up-cycles the materials for use as stuffing in teddy bears.

    Upcycling For Childrens’ Happiness

    Community outreach is a key pillar of the Jacob Holm social sustainability strategy. As part of these initiatives, we seek…

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    Celebrating 225 Years in Business

    Jacob Holm values ​​the ability to adapt to changing business needs and has been doing so successfully for the last 225 years. What began in 1795 as a grocery store on the waterfront of Copenhagen evolved into a global nonwovens manufacturing venture today. This longevity testifies to Jacob Holm’s core values ​​of respecting our history and legacy while being young in spirit: Jacob Holm prides itself on the agility and nimbleness needed to meet customers’ needs.

    Find out more and download our historic timeline: https://www.jacob-holm.com/us/en-us/jacob-holm-nonwovens/news/2019/jacob-holm-225th-anniversary/

    Celebrating 225 Years in Business

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    Jacob Holm values ​​the ability to adapt to changing business needs and has been doing so successfully for the last…