Our
Strategy

Our Strategy

The s.Oliver Group's goal is to create value through sustainability and innovation. This applies to fashion, and to the entire value chain. With its integrated sustainability program, the company has set itself clear goals relating to the areas People, the Planet and the Future (product). In addition to complying with minimum social standards, the fashion and lifestyle company works together with strong partners to achieve fairer working conditions in its production facilities.

By revising our sustainability strategy in 2021, we were able to lay the foundation to further expand our responsibility and reinforce the positive impact we can make within our focus areas: People, Planet and Future.

This revision was based on a comprehensive materiality and risk analysis. From the findings, we identified and prioritized topics and hotspots, and formulated new, ambitious, and clearly defined targets. We gladly accept the challenge of being regularly measured against these goals.

People

We want to improve fairness and diversity. To achieve this, it is crucial that we work in partnership with our suppliers and producers, and gradually work our way deeper into the supply chain.

We have established a Social Compliance Program, which is our main tool in monitoring how well our suppliers comply with our social standards. In addition to safeguarding our production facilities (manufacturers, also referred to as tier 1), our focus in 2022 is to expand the program to include the lower supply chain. In the process, we will use the momentum from every newfound transparency to further improve working conditions, and address issues such as living wages and gender-based violence.

Planet

We believe we have a responsibility to protect our environment and our planet. Our focus is the regenerative use of resources and safeguarding production.

In 2022, we will roll out an Environmental Compliance Program. As well as ensuring product safety and examining legal environmental aspects within our Social Compliance program, it will focus on how production affects the environment. The use of chemicals and water in textile production has an immense environmental impact. The new Environmental Compliance Program addresses two areas: the use of chemicals and the management of wastewater.


Systemically-supported inventory management of all the chemicals used during production will increase transparency and safety. In wastewater management, we are reinforcing our requirements to go beyond country-specific regulations, which are being replaced by the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) industry standard and monitored via regular testing.

Future

Product sustainability should be measurable, and needs to be more visible, relevant, and accessible to customers. Our long-term vision is to drive the transformation from a linear fashion system to a closed loop model.

As part of our sustainability strategy, we have set clear targets for the coming years, establishing product sustainability as a fixed parameter at the start of the collection process. The successive inclusion of new material standards and transformative sourcing approaches is a reflection of our commitment to becoming better, and provides us with the scope we need to achieve our goals.

We also see great potential to become more sustainable in the area of packaging – whether it is for transportation, in service, or directly on the product. Following the many measures that have already been initiated, we intend to further reduce packaging materials and acquire them from more sustainable sources, while focusing on recycling as a central requirement for all materials used.