Our Focus is Sustainability

For a sustainable future in textiles, we aim to offer innovative approaches to your processes with transparency and traceability in the supply chain, raw materials from sustainable resources, eco-friendly and circular designs,  social compliance procedures and reporting services.

Consultancy Services

The core value of Orbit Consulting is based on creating value for the customer via its services. Following the practices of our consultancy services with measurable criteria and a collaborative approach are important factors to improve the client’s processes in an efficient and integrated manner. All services that comply with these principals complement each other and serve the customer to gain competitive advantage by embedding sustainability values both in the short term and long term across their facilities.

Measuring Sustainability | "Orbit Criterias"

” Orbit Criteria ” is the baseline of Orbit Consulting’s services. This tool, which is created by taking into consideration the current sustainability issues of the textile industry and international and local principals and requirements, is a scoring system obtained by answering 180 questions. Orbit Criteria, which gather the important analysis of the sector under 6 main headings, have been developed in order to determine the current status of the customer’s operations and to direct the services by creating common denominators.

Corporate Sustainability

It is a wide set of services that are designed to integrate sustainability into the company strategy, to integrate it within the corporate culture and to bring it to a traceable format within the company.  The main goal is to create accurate and reportable tracking tools by creating feasible road maps for companies.

Sustainability Business Models

There are different methods available to adapt the sustainability principles to the client’s main strategy. These are services designed to provide solutions for clients’s to find out which of these methods are applicable within their company and how the processes can be implemented in the most efficient way.

Sustainability Marketing Communication Strategies

Sustainability is one of the most important value to be revealed today. Having new communication methods and sustainability messages that is align with the current goals of textile industry plays an important role for companies to make a difference. It is a set of services that create the tools for companies where they can demonstrate their strengths and support the development of presentation methods in order to increase their visibility and awareness.

Sustainability Capsule Collection Development

It is a support service that is created by using sustainably resourced  raw materials. Production processes can be tracked and the ecological footprints are minimised at different stages of the production of these raw materials.

Green Facility Transformation Services

These services, which cover the basic parameters of production, energy efficiency and environmental impacts, have been created to help companies overcome their sub-structural challenges and adapt innovative production methodologies to their businesses. After assessing all the transformation options, solutions are decided and applied by determining the most value-added solutions.

Sustainable Digitization

We offer digitalization solutions specific for textile industry. Digitalization is the most important commercial added value of our age. In order to increase efficiency, it is aimed to create an innovative structure in the processes by applying digital transformation solutions to be adapted to company operations and processes performed by various teams.

Sustainable Raw Materials

Raw material selection is one of the most important step of sustainability improvements. Adding innovative options to the product portfolio directly affects the competitiveness of the companies. Under this service, we support our clients to source sustainable raw material, to provide circular design suggestions and sustainable supply chain improvements, and to communicate the distinctive product features with their customers.

Industry Standarts and Certificates

Efforts on international standards and local practices are important for clarifying the position of companies in the sector and determining their targets. Under this service, we define the appropriate certifications needed for the company and assist the related teams to provide the necessary documentation and pass the required audits.

Sustainability Reporting

Reporting services are essential for the long-term analysis of sustainability efforts and the progress of the development activities implemented each year.  With sustainability reporting, company successes and development points can be transferred to both customers and industry stakeholders. The follow-up activities can be carried out through this report and the company’s sustainability story can be reported on an annual basis.

Sustainability Reporting

Orbit Consulting provides Sustainability reporting services in different formats. It is among our services to prepare GRI reports for textile companies and to follow up the application processes.

About GRI
There are 3 guides that set internationally valid standards for corporate sustainability reporting studies: Today, the most preferred reporting standard in the world is the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
• Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
• United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
• Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) Standard

How to Prepare GRI Sustainability Report?
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI); It is an international independent organization that guides businesses, governments and other institutions and organizations to understand their impacts on issues such as climate change, human rights and the fight against corruption and lead them to develop sustainable methods. GRI Sustainability Report understands the effects of actions such as population growth, energy use, industrialization, urbanization on sustainable economy and encourages companies for risk management and improvements. Institutions and organizations in different regions and sizes can apply. GRI Reporting is prepared within the framework of many standards determined under the economic, environmental and social pillars of the companies. As a result of reporting, the sustainability of the company is evaluated at a measurable level.

What are the GRI Sustainability Report Standards?
The system, which continues to be updated over the years according to the renewed conditions and technologies, has increased its reliability from the G4 guide to the GRI standards since July 1, 2018. The headings of the system are as follows:

It has 3 titles:

• Universal Standards (GRI 101-103)
• Organization (GRI 101: Foundation)
• General Disclosures (GRI 102: General Disclosures)
• Management Approach (GRI 103: Management Approach).

Topic-specific standards are;

• Economic Standards (GRI 201-207)
• Environmental Standards (GRI 301-308)
• Social Standards (GRI 401-419)

How Should a Good Sustainability Report Be?
A good sustainability report should be transparent, comparable and understandable. It should evaluate the company’s sustainability performance in the broadest framework. Priorities should be determined and data should be collected in detail. It should be reported annually or biennially to follow the continuity and changes. Successive reports should be consistent and able to improve. They should aim to explain and improve the organization’s environmental, social and economic improvements. Additionally, they should be able to lead to innovative approaches and respond to risk management needs.

What To Avoid While Preparing Sustainability Report?
What To Avoid While Preparing Sustainability Report?
The report should not only be seen as a marketing element, but the concept of sustainability should really be adopted. Otherwise, no improvement can be performed and this will lead to loss of faith in sincerity. It should be seen as one of the main strategies of the company, not as a corporate social responsibility to be implemented as an additional work. It should not be done only for reputation. It should be made in a scale not too limited, but large enough to evaluate sustainability performance in the broadest way.

Economic Topics

• Economic Performance
• Market Presence
• Indirect Economic Impacts
• Procurement Practices
• Anti- Corruption
• Anti-Competitive Behaviour
• Tax

Environmental Topics

• Materials
• Energy
• Water and Effluents
• Biodiversity
• Emissions
• Wastes
• Environmental Compliance
• Supplier Environmental Assessment

Social Topics

• Employment
• Labor / Management Relations
• Occupational Health and Safety
• Training and Education
• Diversity and Equal Opportunity
• Non-discrimination
• Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
• Child Labor
• Forced or Compulsory Labor
• Security Practices
• Rights of Indigenous Peoples
• Human Rights Assessment
• Local Communities
• Supplier Social Assessment
• Public Policy
• Customer Health and Safety
• Marketing and Labeling
• Customer Privacy
• Socioeconomic Compliance

Orbit Implements a 5-Stage Methodology:

1. Evaluates the current situation of the customer according to “Orbit Criteria”.
2. Identifies customer needs and determines road map.
3. Creates goals and performance criteria.
4. Implements consultancy and training services.
5. Reports impact measurement and targeted performance results.

Sustainability management is the intersection of business and sustainability. It is the practice of managing a firm’s impact on the three bottom lines — people, planet, and profit — so that all three can prosper in the future. Sustainability needs to be positioned as a company culture. It is important to invest in people and make employee welfare a priority.  The Sustainability Management criteria title evaluates the initiatives that are performed in this direction.

Social Compliance processes are a set of initiatives, evaluations and progresses performed in order to comply with the ethical trade business principles of the textile sector which are widely accepted for many years. The companies are being assessed and evaluated in terms of workplace safety, employee rights and basic working principles. This section and its questions are set in the light of international and local standards, that would examine the company within social compliance requirements..

Green Business is the heart of production. It is unlikely to facilitate on sustainable basis without having a green production approach. This section covers the Green Business Principles comprehensively; It evaluates the performance on the titles of Water, Air, Energy, Waste, Chemical and Main Principles and acts to understand the baseline of the company in this regard. These questions, which can provide a starting point to decide on improvement areas are also useful in understanding the current situation and expanding the options of the business in terms of financing.

Raw material selection is the top priority and the most important area for improvement opportunities. In this area great changes can be achieved by choosing materials produced with recycling, organic and sustainable basis. Sourcing eco-friendly fibers will play a big role. Raw materials related questions, serve great understanding and reveal the company’s initiatives in raw material selection process. They aim to determine the steps that can be taken in a transparent way and to create a road map.

In the textile industry, where transparency and traceability plays a big role, companies that can present their supply map today can make a huge difference. The methods that will be develop with the sub-contractors for mapping and tracking will bring common earnings and can provide  good results in this direction. This issue requires a more advanced commitment and progress.These questions can be used as a tool to understand the whole picture and enable to set the strategy.

Digitalization, which is the most important subject of our era and described as a new industrial revolution, plays a big role in textile industry and provides opportunities for fundamental changes and progress improvements. In this aspect, where some old methods can become more efficient with digitalization, new products and business approaches can also be implemented. Digitization related questions will guide us to examine the current situation of the company and how digital transformation can be applied from easy to difficult processes.

Awareness leads to change!

With our Green Line Sustainable Offices Program, we aim to increase the awareness of employees through the adaptation of practices for conscious use of resources for companies that want to make sustainability a culture in their businesses.

Green Line Sustainable Offices Program concludes Green office integration, energy and waste management, monitoring of emission values, establishment of employee health and safety, as well as actions for managing some activities such as Information Technologies, conference and event organization in accordance with sustainable business criteria.

The Green Line Program allows companies to create their own environmental management system and to improve their respective savings items by regularly monitoring the consumption of office resources.

Let your office be sustainable!
Contact us at info@theorbitconsulting.com to get information and apply for the Green Line Sustainable Offices Program.

For detailed information, please see the Green Line Sustainable Offices Program document.