New ETSA Chief’s Focus: Sustainability & Green Innovation


Elena Lai, the recently named secretary general of the European Textile Services Association (ETSA), says she’s eager to work with laundry operators, suppliers and industry trade groups across Europe and North America in order to advance solutions to challenges, including COVID-19 relief/rebuilding, healthcare textile supply chains, advancing a pro-environmental “circular” economy, promoting equal opportunity in a diverse industry and more.

Penn Emblem to Work with James Emmett and Co.


Penn Emblem Co., Trevose, PA, recently announced a new partnership built around inclusivity in the workplace, specifically targeting people with disabilities. In November 2020, the company solidified its work with James Emmett & Co., a team of disability consultants that supports companies in launching relationships with local disability employment vendors and helps build the internal capacity to recruit, hire, train and retain employees with disabilities, according to a news release.

TRSA to Host Jan. 14 Roundtable Event for Industry Women


TRSA will begin its 2021 professional-development opportunities with a virtual roundtable event designed for women who hold mid-level and higher positions in the linen, uniform and facility services industry. Those participating in this free event will seize an opportunity to virtually network and create opportunities for future collaboration. Employees of TRSA operator members and supplier partners are encouraged to participate; there is also an opportunity for nonmembers to participate for just $35.

TRSA Adds DEI Topics to HR Resources on Website


Since June, the TRSA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) task force has held regular meetings to review and research resources for members seeking to enhance their understanding of issues that could pose obstacles to promoting open and honest relationships in the workplace. The resources are now available on the TRSA website.

Diversity Now – Q&A with Minority-Owned Metro Laundry


Metro Laundry Service (MLS) provides laundry services for hotels around the “DMV” (i.e., the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia) region surrounding the nation’s capital city. Founded in 2002 by Bernard Young and now led mainly by his nephew, COO Steven Young, the company has seen significant growth in recent years, but – like hospitality laundries nationwide – it has suffered from COVID-19-driven losses in business and leisure travel. Diversity issues also have had an impact on this company in Capitol Heights, MD.

VF Promotes Guthrie to Lead Global Inclusion & Diversity Efforts


VF Corp., Denver, recently announced that it promoted Lauren Guthrie to vice president, global inclusion & diversity (I&D). In this role, Guthrie will oversee VF’s global I&D efforts and will direct, develop and operationalize the company’s strategy with a focus on transformational change, according to a news release.

Battling Unconscious Bias – A ‘Journey to Inclusion’


Amid the public furor over recent police shootings of young black men in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the topic of diversity awareness – including strategies on how companies can tackle “unconscious bias” against employees from varying backgrounds, has taken on a new urgency. TRSA members gained strategic insights on how they can enhance their companies’ approach to inclusion/teamwork during an Aug. 27 webinar by HR specialist Gloria Sinclair Miller.

VF Claims Top Spot on List of Socially Conscious Companies


Barron’s recently reranked its annual list of the 100 Most Sustainable Companies that it originally released in February. The updated list placed a renewed focus on social commitments as the world continues to grapple with COVID-19 and protests over racial inequality. Based on this new analysis, TRSA associate member VF Corp. moved up from No. 21 in February to claim the No. 1 spot in June, according to a news release.