Corporate Responsibility

Focus.

We consider ourselves responsible for what surrounds us. We therefore demonstrate our respective commitment in the countries where our products originate from with a 30 strong CR team that is available to all of the companies we hold shares in. Our CR staff ensure compliance with social standards at the various stages of the supply chain and continuously work on a reduction of the environmental impact, as illustrated by the G. Güldenpfennig GmbH example below.


Raw materials, yarn manufacture, weaving/knitting

Our team’s activities:

Helping to reduce the environmental impact with the aid of BEPI

Every production facility that is involved in the manufacture of our products provides information about its environmental impact on the Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI) platform. The platform promotes supply chain transparency and helps production facilities to focus on the right key areas when it comes to their environmental management. They are obliged to provide this data, which is monitored by our teams. In addition, our teams help them with the implementation of improvement measures.

Material testing for harmful substances

To ensure that our products do not contain harmful substances, we not only test the finished products. Our teams already take samples from ongoing material production runs if they involve material types that inherently harbour an increased respective risk and send them off to a laboratory to be tested.

Additional external audits/checks through independent institutes:

Chemical material testing for harmful substances

Material label specific audits (see below)


 

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Standards that apply to an increasing share of our products with eco-friendly fabrics:

GOTS   RDS  Organic 100GRS


Dyeing, washing, coating

Our team’s activities:

Helping to reduce the environmental impact with the aid of BEPI

During this stage of the supply chain, our teams also help with and monitor the collection of data from all production facilities on the BEPI platform (as described further above) and help with the improvement measures.

Chemical management audits (CMA)

Our teams regularly visit production facilities that specialise in wet production processes (e.g. garment dyeing and washing) in order to carry out a chemical management audit (CMA), which focuses on the factory’s environmental and chemical management. For example, they check whether all of the chemicals and auxiliary substances are registered and whether the factory keeps a record of their use. The CMA result is important for the assessment of how environmentally friendly a factory is and its potential for improvements. The results are taken into consideration when it comes to deciding whether a factory is approved as a production facility.

Chemical inventory checks (CIC)

Our teams maintain a database for the production facilities that specialise in wet production processes with the chemicals used at each factory and check whether there are accompanying documents such as safety data sheets or certificates for all chemicals. The database provides an important basis for the substitution of individual chemicals with more environmentally friendly alternatives.

Sewage sludge and waste water testing

Not only our local teams in the production countries make an important contribution; our efforts in our main country of operations, Germany, also contribute to transparency and to the reduction of the environmental impact of our supply chain. Our “detox coordinators” record the entire supply chain for each product. In addition, they check whether all of the production facilities that specialise in wet production processes can present a valid sewage sludge and waste water test report (that is not older than twelve months) compiled by an independent testing company. Exceeding critical value thresholds or evidence of banned chemicals are potential reasons for the termination of our business relationship.

Environmental compliance supplier training

Together with external experts, our teams carry out training courses and sessions in selected factories that contribute to firmly embedding an awareness of the complex issue of environmentally friendly production and the responsible use of chemicals in the factories. If a production facility that specialises in wet production processes is not willing to develop further into a more environmentally friendly factory, we will in future no longer collaborate with this facility.

Additional external audits/checks through independent institutes:

Chemical management audits (CMA)

Sewage sludge and waste water analysis


 

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Cutting, sewing, quality control, packing

Our team’s activities:

Helping to reduce the environmental impact with the aid of BEPI

During this stage of the supply chain, our teams also help with and monitor the collection of data from all production facilities on the BEPI platform (as described further above) and help with the improvement measures.

Social monitoring audits

Our local social compliance teams regularly carry out their own audits on the basis of the BSCI auditing standards in the production facilities. They focus particularly on identifying respective deficiencies in the factory.

Help with rectifying the deficiencies

Our local teams help the factories to rectify the deficiencies identified in the course of our social monitoring or external BSCI audits.

Social compliance supplier training

We regularly host meetings in the production countries where we train our producers in all aspects of responsible production, discuss this issue with them and raise their awareness.

Additional external audits/checks through independent institutes:

BSCI audits

Chemical material testing for harmful substances of the finished products


 

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