Sustainability and climate protection are the big issues of our time!
Green electricity, job bike, WIN-Charta – at the moment there is a lot going on with Daiber regarding sustainability. Environmental protection is important to the company, which is why, in addition to their social commitment, the specialist for corporate fashion is going to increasingly implement measures for ecological sustainability. In this interview, Daiber’s managing director Kai Gminder talks out about the current implementation level and what is planned for the future.
Mr. Gminder, what triggered your increasing commitment in the field of sustainability?
As a textile company, we are aware of our social and ecological responsibility and we are increasingly tackling the issue of sustainability at present as well as in the future. On behalf of Daiber, I recently signed the WIN-Charta, a system of sustainability management of Baden-Württemberg. This shows our commitment to steadily increase our sustainability performance. Of course, we are taking up existing sustainability measures and do not have to start from scratch.
That’s good news! What does sustainability mean to Daiber? It is often mainly defined with climate protection…
For our future sustainability work we set three priorities: energy & emissions, product responsibility and incentives to rethink.
These are based on the principles of the WIN-Charta. The topics suggest that the trend is strongly towards climate protection. So far, our focus was more on social sustainability, which is of particular importance to us. For example, we stand up for fair working conditions along the entire supply chain and maintain long-term partnerships with our suppliers. Now we are going to increasingly add environmental protection to our sustainability work.
By focusing on the protection of the environment you seem to have your finger on the pulse of the time. What has been done for ecological sustainability so far?
Since 2018, together with our partner myclimate and by means of annual analyses, we have kept developing measures to reduce CO2-emissions. To mention a few examples: For the products more and more sustainable materials for example recycled fabrics and organic cotton are used and the emissions caused by the parcels sent by the programme GLSKlimaProtect are offset entirely. Our annual main catalogue is also printed in a climate-neutral way by ClimatePartner.
And what planned measures does the WIN-Charta target concept include?
I can say this much: We still have some way to go. After all, sustainability is not an aim that can be achieved overnight. By completely switching to green electricity as of August 2022 at the headquarters in Albstadt, approximately 300 tons of CO2 can be saved every year. We already have a fleet of hybrid cars, for which charging stations operated with green electricity have been set up.
Thank you very much, Mr. Gminder.