Sartex Group is committed to following – and defending – the best practices of all the accepted international benchmarks and conventions, including ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, BSCI and the UN Global Compact. Sartex Denim House has proudly passed the audits of some of the world’s most socially committed brands. This commitment requires permanent diligence – particularly in the huge efforts that are involved in training our thousands of employees. Sustainability goes beyond the testing and potentially applying of the latest clean technologies. It goes further than being vertically integrated to better control for consistency and efficiency. It’s certainly more than collaborating with chemical companies in the search for clean replacements for stonewash and spray permanganate. Sustainability is also about community: our workforce – some of whom represent the third or fourth generation that work here.
The Sartex Training Center opened in 2012 in collaboration with the German organization Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Geared towards high school dropouts from rural regions, the curriculum combines practice and theory and is taught by both experienced factory workers and international professors. With a capacity of 150 students, the training lasts nine to twelve months. The resulting diploma, certified by German and French experts, is recognized throughout Tunisia. However, the majority of graduates chose to stay in Ksar Hellal and be integrated into the factory’s lines. This is something that makes us proud.