To manage sustainability along the value chain, the s.Oliver Group has a clearly defined organizational structure. Starting with top management, through our experts at the company headquarters and in the procurement markets, to sustainability ambassadors from various corporate divisions, we ensure that our sustainability strategy is reflected in the DNA of our company and our partners and that it takes an effect on our daily business.

Corporate Responsibility Board

A Corporate Responsibility (CR) Board at the executive level is responsible for strategic decisions on sustainability and corporate responsibility in the s.Oliver Group – along the dimensions of social standards/working conditions (People), environmental management (Planet) and sustainable product development (Product). Chaired by the CEO, this Board drives the strategic development of sustainability in the company. It adresses requirements, defines objectives and commissions areas of social and ecological action to be worked on under the sponsorship of its members through specialist functions and cross-functional teams. Since 2019, these fields of action and the associated projects and activities have been under the Group claim "WE CARE".

Global Sustainability Team

The Sustainability Department, which coordinates the work of the Corporate Responsibility Board and handles sustainability issues operationally, is affiliated to the Global Quality Management Department. Among other things, it controls the audit system for checking responsible production conditions in the supply chain. An international team of sustainability managers and coordinators is responsible for planning and conducting audits in the sourcing markets.
In addition, the Sustainability Department at the corporate headquarters supervises memberships and cooperation with strategic partners on the subject of sustainability. The focus here is on the exchange with internal and external stakeholders. After all, the s.Oliver Group does not determine the focus of its social and ecological efforts alone, but on the basis of an intensive dialogue with its customers and business partners, with the economy, politics, civil society and, of course, its own employees.

Cross-functional Work

In the fields of sustainability communication, sustainable product and fiber management as well as environmental management, the Sustainability Department also acts as a facilitator and change agent at the interface to many other areas and departments. Cross-departmental tasks are handled accordingly in cross-functional project teams, for example together with the Product/Brands, Purchasing, Sourcing Agencies, Compliance, Marketing, Sales, HR or Facility Management departments. So-called "Sustainability Ambassadors" have been nominated from the Purchasing, Product, Marketing and Sales departments as permanent contact persons for successful, long-term cooperation on the topic of sustainability.