Our
Partners

Sustainability in the apparel industry is a global and multifaceted task that we can best accomplish in cooperation with strong partners. We seek to achieve the greatest possible leverage through memberships and active participation in local and international initiatives. Because we believe that if companies, associations, civil society, politicians and consumers pull together, we can succeed in meeting the social and ecological challenges in the supply chain and in our markets with effective solutions. Let’s do it.

The s.Oliver Group has been a member of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles since 2015. As part of this multi-stakeholder initiative, we work to improve production conditions in global textile supply chains. To this end, our Sustainability Team allocates experts to various specialist groups that work to achieve joint progress on issues such as social standards, sustainable cotton, wastewater management, and transparency in the supply chain. As a Partnership member, we also commit ourselves to individual corporate goals and report comprehensively on them in the form of an annual roadmap and an externally audited progress report.

Following the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in 2013, s.Oliver Group was one of the first companies to sign the ‘Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh’. As a contract partner to international trade unions and in solidarity with many other international brands, we pursue the goal of effectively preventing accidents and fires at local textile factories. With success, as the ACCORD statistics show. In addition to our own checks, ACCORD carries out independent safety inspections and safety training at the textile factories participating in ACCORD. In 2018, we committed ourselves to continuing these inspections and training until 2021 by signing the ‘Transition Accord’. Once the technical and organisational conditions are in place, the ACCORD functions are to be transferred to the responsibility of a state supervisory authority in Bangladesh in the medium term.

The Fair Labour Association (FLA) is another important partner for compliance with and improvement of social standards in the supply chain. We have been a member of this association of companies, science and non-governmental organisations since 2010. Our membership allows us to contribute to the setting of industry-wide standards. At the same time, we benefit from FLA assessments and observations at the factory-level, and FLA support in understanding remediation and responsible purchasing practices.

Together with the children’s rights organisation ‘Save the Children’, the s.Oliver Group launched the ‘Work2Learn Advanced’ vocational training project in Bangladesh in 2010. By providing specialist training, we support young workers in the garment industry and give them the opportunity to find appropriate employment with higher pay.

As a Cotton Made in Africa (CmiA) partner, we have been helping cotton farmers in sub-Saharan Africa to help themselves since 2009 while also helping to protect the environment. Instead of pure donations in kind or in cash, we support small farmers by agreeing to buy a fixed quota of the cotton certified there on a sustainable basis, and pay a licence fee for use of the CmiA label. The proceeds from these licences are used for independent on-site inspections to ensure compliance with standards, for training in sustainable cotton cultivation and business management skills, and for the promotion of women.

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We also promote sustainable cotton as a member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). We work with weaving mills, textile factories and textile companies to achieve improvements in the environmental and working conditions in cotton cultivation. Growers certified to sell Better Cotton into the supply chain must meet certain social and environmental criteria and demonstrate continuous improvement.

As a signatory of the international Fur Free Retailer Program, which is represented in Germany by the animal welfare organisation VIER PFOTEN, the s.Oliver Group is setting a clear sign for fur-free fashion. Already since 2006 we do without real fur and real fur trimmings in all our collections.

With the aim of improving the environmental performance of our suppliers' production facilities, we became a founding member of the Carbon Performance Improvement Initiative (CPI2) in 2011, and have worked with CPI2 ever since. Factories can use its online tool to record data on their energy, water and chemical consumption and derive measures based on the data. This not only saves costs, but above all has a positive impact on the environment and the climate. CPI2 is active at more than 1,000 factories in 35 countries.

Through our membership in the AFIRM GROUP, we are committed to reducing the use and impact of potentially harmful substances in global textile supply chains. You can find out more about responsible chemicals management at s.Oliver here.