Chaine de production responsable

Safe
supply chain

We work hard at maximizing a positive impact at every stage, from the production of the fabrics used in our products to packaging and logistics, all the while reducing any negative impact on the environment.

Take a look behind the scenes!

65%

of our products are made in factories audited on their social and environmental practice.

32%

of our apparel is made in self-owned local production facilities, in Turkey and Hungary (2020).

MANUFACTURING PARTNERS

Knowing our supply chain thoroughly involves nurturing quality relationships with our suppliers and business partners and requires constant attention.

We successfully manage the first level of suppliers (class 1, products manufacturing), as well as a great part of the second level (class 2, fabric suppliers).

In order to get full visibility on our supply chain in 2023, we are working on being completely transparent about the process.

SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICE

To help our manufacturing partners and follow them on the path to sustainability, we are pursuing a social and environmental auditing policy.

We adopted the standards of the SEDEX SMETA audit format (4 pillars). It is one of most widely used ethical audit format in the world.

It focuses as much on labor conditions and occupational safety (salary and working hours) as on environmental standards and ethical business practices in global supply chains.

CODE OF CONDUCT

Each collaborating supplier is required to sign our Code of conduct which details the values that we expect our suppliers to observe in terms of human rights, business practice, labour relations, health, safety, and other subjects related to responsible and sustainable practices.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR CODE OF CONDUCT

Transportation

Below is the map of the modes of transportation used to get our products from factories to market in 2019:

67% sea transport (Asie)
14% air transport (we endeavor to reduce this number each year)
8% road transport (around Europe)
10% ferry connection (Tunisie)

7% of our CO² emissions comes from the transport of goods and air transport, known for its high level of CO, accounts for 93% of this number.

To reduce our CO2 emissions, we are looking to maximize the transport of goods via sea. We are currently testing railway line transport from China to reduce the impact even more and to get more responsive.

Packaging

Textile product packaging and protection during transportation from production facilities to warehousing has long used plastic bags called “polybag”.

We are working on solutions to reduce the volume of polybags used each season, but it is very hard to do without them.

  • The polybags we use are mainly made of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) which we are gradually replacing with recycled options.
  • We use about 1.5 Million polybags per year, or approximately 45 tons of plastic. We are redefining the model to reduce our plastic consumption and stop using polybags when we can.

We are also considering the use of reusable bags for direct shipping to the end consumer on orders placed via e-commerce. This model will be generalized in 2024.

CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT

Our priority is to manufacture products free from hazardous chemical substances and safe for human beings and the environment. This is the reason why we have put together a list of the chemical substances that we never want to see in our products (Restricted Substance List / RSL). We share this list with our manufacturing partners to inform them about the banned substances from our manufacturing processes in order to prevent their use on finished products.

We based this RSL on strict European (REACH) and international requirements, as well as on more stringent regulations such as Bluesign®, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and particularly Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 in its DETOX to ZERO version, a Greenpeace initiative launched in 2011.

Year after year we evolve that list, following up on regulations as well as on new information regarding the potential risks to health and the environment when using certain substances.

60%

of our fabrics are Oeko-tex® or Bluesign® certified.

BREAKING UP WITH PFC

Water repellency treatments repels water on contact. Waterdrops bead up and run off clothing, leaving the surface dry. This chemical treatment is essential to keep the functionality of waterproof and breathable jackets and was originally made of fluorocarbon (PFC).

Since Greenpeace published its “Detox” campaign report in 2011, these substances have been identified as harmful for the human being and the environment.

To avoid these problems, we have progressively changed the water repellency treatment we use.

76%

of our water-repellent fabrics are PFC-free.

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