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Anvil Knitwear joins BICEP as its 20th member
Feb '11
Anvil Knitwear, a century-old apparel brand, announced that it has joined the fast-growing Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) coalition. Anvil becomes the 20th member of BICEP, a group of major American companies committed to working with businesses and policymakers to enact meaningful energy and climate policies.

"For a 100-year-old company like Anvil, sustainable growth is a concept that carries special meaning," said President and CEO Anthony Corsano. "How does an organization sustain itself through a century of good and challenging economic times, of great political change and unprecedented technological advances, of soaring global population growth and diminishing natural resources? Anvil looks forward to working with BICEP to advance more responsible, low-carbon, energy efficient business practices and policies so that we can be here, and thriving, another century from now."

For Anvil, joining BICEP is an important next step toward ensuring sustainable global growth. BICEP's core principles call for reducing greenhouse gases, promoting energy efficiency, and supporting creation of a globally competitive clean energy economy.

Anvil's practices have long been aligned with these principles; the company has taken steps to measure, reduce and report on its own environmental footprint. Its AnvilOrganic and AnvilSustainable brands are among the company's 17 affordable eco styles made from a variety of fibers such as certified organic cotton, transitional cotton, recycled cotton, and recycled PET bottles and blends.

BICEP is coordinated by Ceres, a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change. While Anvil is the newest BICEP member, it joined Ceres and adopted its principles in 2007.

"BICEP welcomes Anvil Knitwear, a company that knows something about being sustainable over the long term," said Ceres President Mindy Lubber. "More importantly, in our current economic and political climate it's more vital than ever to have business voices stepping forward in support of progressive energy and climate policy. These policies are a win-win for our environment, our businesses, our health and for American workers."

Anvil expects that BICEP will become an important partner for its already-robust public engagement initiatives, which thus far have focused on consumer education via interactive platforms, including TrackMyT.com, which chronicles the life cycle of a t-shirt from seed to store. Anvil also produced a digital short, "A Message From Earth: Organic Matters", as part of its commitment to doubling the production of organic cotton in the U.S.

Current BICEP members also include Levi Strauss & Co., Nike, Starbucks Inc., Aspen Skiing Company, Ben and Jerry's, Best Buy Co., Clif Bar & Company, eBay, Eileen Fisher, Gap Inc.,Jones Lang LaSalle, The North Face, Seventh Generation, Stonyfield Farm Inc., Symantec, Target Corp., The Timberland Company, New Belgium Brewing and Outdoor Industry Association.

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