Much has happened in the field of sustainability in recent years – and this is also true for us. We have identified five central fields of activity within our core business that we consider to be particularly relevant to this topic. For us, sustainable business is a process that develops step by step. It takes time to achieve lasting change and improvement. Similarly, we strive every day to comprehensively meet our social and ecological responsibilities throughout the supply chain and at our headquarters.
Transparency is a cornerstone of our business: we cultivate direct business relationships and know every link in our supply chain right down to the particular spinning mill. This is how we ensure that our sustainability standards are adhered to and know where our goods come from.
We take social responsibility seriously and work constantly to ensure that the people involved in the assembly of our products have safe and fair working conditions. To this end, we have developed comprehensive regulatory systems and have experienced local teams in Bangladesh and China on hand.
Textile products have to be treated and finished with chemicals and dyes to lend them the colours and functions we want. In order to protect the environment, we apply a comprehensive chemical management process at all the wet production facilities in our supply chain.
Product sustainability begins with design. The decisions made there are not just about the look of a garment but also about the use of sustainable and innovative fibres, raw materials and finishing processes. The main motivations behind choosing sustainable materials and processes are ecological concerns, animal welfare, social justice issues and the need to conserve resources.
We are also committed to addressing environmental issues at our headquarters in Quakenbrück. We are involved in a range of social projects there and provide training in various areas.
It is particularly important to us to take action on our own initiative to fulfil our responsibilities. Many years ago, we established our own in-house teams specialising in environmental and social compliance and staffed by experts in Bangladesh, China and Germany.
You can find a wealth of further background information and details about our sustainability activities in the Güldenpfennig Sustainability Report.