Sustainability and social responsibility have been at the heart of Odlo's corporate culture since the company was founded 70 years ago. As a quality-conscious Swiss company with a long family tradition, it is particularly important for us to run our business in line with these principles. We take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously, as we want future generations to also enjoy sporting activities in a beautiful natural environment.
10 GOOD REASONS TO BUY ODLO - WE CARE. WE ACT. WE SHARE!
- Our products are designed to last.
We take great care in selecting top-quality materials, wich allows us to create products that are long lasting and durable.
- 70% of our products are made in Europe, 50% in our own factories.
ODLO has state-of-the-art production facilities in Portugal and Romania, where a variety of social and environmental activities are organized every year.
- We have been a proud member of the Fair Wear Foundation for over 10 years.
ODLO is a member and leader of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), wich endeavours to improve labour conditions in the textile industry worldwide.
- We adhere to a strict code of conduct.
It provides ethical guidelines and norms with wich we must comply when acting on behalf of the ODLO Sports Group and is a foundation for all service providers we work with to verify they act in an ethical and responsible manner.
- We believe in long-term collaborations.
ODLO attaches a great deal of importance to building long-term working relationship with suppliers at all levels. We recognise that working together in collaboration with other stakeholders to tackle bigger issues allows us to effect greater than working on our own.
- We are a proud member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
By joining a multi-stakeholder initiative of the global footwear and apparel industry, we are collectively commited to improving our environmental sustainability performance throughout the supply chain.
- We use high quality materials.
We use mainly synthetic fibres and work to create sustainable dyeing and finishing processes. Animal welfare is important to us and we make it a priority for our wool and down products. 95% of our DWR finished products are PFC free.
- Our underwear and midlayers are Standard 100, certified by Oeko-Tex.
ODLO only works with materials suppliers who are Oeko-Tex and/or Bluesign certified, have their own certified testing facilities or work very closely with an independant laboratory.
- We are transparent.
We communicate our commitments, the measures we take and the progress we achieve in our Sustainability report.
- We care about the impact of our transport.
We do our best to ensure that materials are sourced from regions close to the manufacturing site to keep transport distances short.
The best way to reduce the environmental impact of the products we buy and use it to choose clothing that is durable and take care of it while we still use and wear it. Each washing of clothes consumes water and energy and therefore 20% of the environmental impact within a products life are caused by the laundry we do at home. Following the proper washing instructions significantly extends the life of your clothing and decreases its environmental impact. All products are labelled with their material composition and care instructions.This helps our customers to care for their products properly and prolong their active use! An important part of a textile product's total environmental impact is related to how long the product can be used before it is worn out. Odlo only manufactures and sells products that are guaranteed to be durable and long-lasting. We believe this makes an important contribution to promoting sustainability in our society. A number of different management systems and measures have been put in place to ensure we continue to provide our customers with this guarantee in the years to come.
- Employment is freely chosen
- There is no discrimination in employment
- No exploitation of child labor
- Freedom of association and collective bargaining
- Payment of a living wage
- No excessive working hours
- Safe and healthy working conditions
- Legally binding employment relationship
FWF shares its knowledge and (local) contacts with its member companies, providing them with access to information on local legislation, labour legislation and culture. Members are required to set up an effective monitoring system, including factory audits, factory trainings and factory visits. FWF has a complaint procedure that enables factory workers to anonymously report any abuses related to labour conditions. For more information about Fair Wear Foundation: www.fairwear.org
The Coalition's main focus is on building the Higg Index, a standardized supply chain measurement tool for all industry participants to understand the environmental and social and labor impacts of making and selling their products and services. By measuring sustainability performance, the industry can address inefficiencies, resolve damaging practices, and achieve the environmental and social transparency that consumers are starting to demand. By joining forces in a Coalition, we can address the urgent, systemic challenges that are impossible to change alone." To learn more, have a look at http://apparelcoalition.org/ From January till May 2017 the first assessment of the HIGG-Index will be done internally. You will hear more details about the membership activities after having the results and conclusions from Odlo's first HIGG-Index.
We do our best to ensure that materials are generally sourced from regions close to the manufacturing site in order to avoid unnecessary transportation. Where possible, we avoid the use of PFOA/PFOS in our water-repellent finishes. 95% of Odlo products with a DWR (durable water-repellent) finish are treated using a fluorocarbon-free product, and we are working hard to ensure that we hit the 100% FC-free mark as soon as possible.
Odlo only works with material suppliers who are Öko - tex and/or bluesign-certified, have their own certified testing facilities or work very closely with an independ - ent laboratory. The company's underwear and Tec Shirt ranges are Ökotex 100-certified.
Of course Odlo also avoids the use of PVC and nickel in its components and, here too, only uses products that have been tested for their environmental compatibility. We take great care to select top-quality materials, as this lays the foundation for creating products that are designed to last.
Odlo attaches a great deal of importance to building long-term working relationships with suppliers at all levels. As a result, in many areas we have the exclusive rights to particular materials.
PRINCIPLE 1: OWN PRODUCTIONWhenever possible in terms of capacity and know-how, new garments or additional production volumes are manufactured by our own factories in Portugal and Romania.
PRINCIPLE 2: LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIPSMany other brands use hundreds of different manufacturers, encouraging them to compete with each other and changing them every season. Odlo aims for longterm partnership with a small number of manufacturer and prefers to follow its motto of “less is more”. This policy enables the manufacturers to plan for the long term, which increases their stability and job security.
ODLO IS LOOKING TO THE FUTURE...
The experiences of recent years have motivated us to intensify our commitment to the future. The textile val ue chain is long and complex, as is the list of social and environmental challenges that we face. We understand our responsibilities. We believe our contribution to society and the environment is also contributing to Odlo's success as a company. This belief lies at the heart of Odlo's ongoing CSR strategy. We are expanding our sustainability strategy throughout the value chain in terms of the environment and society.
... AND INSPIRING OTHERS TO JOIN IN!
We cannot do it alone. Sustainability affects everyone, whatever their age and wherever they live. We can only make this next step with our products if we work with our stakeholders to find new ways of building success - ful, sustainable businesses. This is our contribution to society and to a sustainable future. We believe the social and environmental challenges that society is facing harbour the potential for great innovation. We intend to take this opportunity to continue to build the Odlo brand and let our products inspire our customers to ever greater heights in their sporting activities.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING TOGETHER FOR A SUSTAINABLE, INSPIRING FUTURE
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