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Sustainablility

Environment – Social Issues – Economy

Protection is ORTOVOX’s central core brand value. Protection does not just mean that provided by our products, but also protection of mankind, the environment and animals.  There are various opportunities for promoting sustainability in our company, with our suppliers, on our Tasmanian 

wool farms or on the mountain. We view every one of our initiatives not as a one-off undertaking, but as a lasting endeavor that we pursue with conviction and self-commitment. We have already implemented the following milestones and wish to pursue them on a permanent basis. 

FAIR WEAR FOUNDATION

FOCUS ON WORKING CONDITIONS

Fair Wear Foundation working guidelines
Logo Fair Wear Foundation On-site visite in a factory

Since July 2015, we have been a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). The Fair Wear Foundation is an independent non-profit organization that is cooperatively led by retailer organizations and representatives from the textile industry, trade associations and non-government organizations with the aim of improving working conditions in the textile industry worldwide. 
To do that, the foundation has defined the following working guidelines, which are to be implemented in the ORTOVOX factories:

  • Free choice of work
  • No discrimination in the workplace
  • No exploitation through child labor
  • Freedom of association and the right to collective actions
  • Payment of a living wage
  • Reasonable working hours
  • Safe and healthy working conditions
  • A legally binding employment contract

 

THE FAIR WEAR FOUNDATION MONITORS ITS MEMBERS' IMPROVEMENTS THROUGH:

  • Yearly performance reviews at the company headquarters (questionnaires plus interviews and document inspection)
  • Factory audits
  • The opportunity for factory workers to lodge complaints.

 

THE FOUNDATION OF THIS IS A THREEE YEAR PLAN THAT DEFINES THE FOLLOWING GOALS:

  • After one year, 40% of the production must come from audited factories or “non-risk” countries.
  • After two years, 60%
  • After three years, 90% or 100% 
  • ORTOVOX Supply chain

Currently our textile production chain consists of 30 companies in 10 countries. 65.5% of all products come from Europe. When choosing suitable factories, we use the Fair Wear Foundation guidelines as a basis and work exclusively with companies that share our ethical and moral principles and advocate suitable working conditions. The continual improvement of working conditions is an ongoing process without an end date. We are determined to follow this path so that we can continue to wear our products with a clear conscience in the future! 


ORTOVOX SOCIAL REPORT

TRANSPARENCY IN THE TEXTILE SUPPLY CHAIN

First published in 2016, our Social Report discloses all of the measures implemented concerning CSR (corporate social responsibility) and provides perspectives for the future. In addition to an insight into the supply chain, we also explain the product cycle and provide information about the results of supplier auditing.


THE PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE TEXTILES

IMPROVEMENTS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY SUPPLY CHAIN

  • Partnership for sustainable textiles

We joined the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles in June 2015. The Partnership was founded in 2014 and consists of representatives from business, civil society, local organizations and trade unions. The aim of the multi-stakeholder initiative is to continuously improve the social, environmental and economic conditions along the entire supply chain in the textile and clothing sector. The Partnership has more than 180 members. At the beginning of 2017, the first roadmap was created including objectives in chemical management, social responsibility and natural fibers. We were particularly involved in the wool sub-group.


EOCA

GLOBALLY ACTIVE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

  • EOCA - European Outdoor Conservation Association

Since summer 2016, ORTOVOX has been a member of the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA), which promotes environmental protection worldwide. The group of companies from the European outdoor industry has been collecting donations for charitable projects since it was founded in 2006. These projects are not tied to geographical locations: 
From creating an environmental path in Nepal and waste disposal projects in Kyrgyzstan to protecting brown bears in Spain and protecting peat bogs in Ireland, the EOCA supports projects across the entire world.


ORTOVOX Wool policy

SHEEP IN FOCUS

ORTOVOX WOOL POLICY - A maximum of transparency
Sheep in focus Kenilworth - One of our six farms in Tasmania

In 2013, we decided to purchase our merino wool from six selected ORTOVOX farms in Tasmania rather than from the wholesale market. The driving factor behind this decision was the aim of providing maximum transparency regarding our source of raw materials. As part of this, farmers must also produce their merino wool in accordance with our ORTOVOX WOOL POLICY. In this way, we can guarantee the following points

1. CARE
Providing conditions and treatment that prevent mental suffering. For example, mulesing is not practiced at any of our six farms.

2. MEDICAL SUPPORT
Taking precautions and ensuring quick diagnosis and treatment.

3. ANIMAL WELFARE
Providing ample space and clean facilities for the sheep to share with their fellow species.

4. COMFORT AND PROTECTION
Providing an appropriate environment with shelter and a comfortable resting area.

5. FEEDING CONTROLS
Ensuring the sheep have constant access to fresh water and food that provides a healthy source of energy.

DISCOVER OUR TASMANIAN MERINO FARMS

SWISS WOOL

REGIONALITY MEETS SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT

  • Merino wool from the Swiss alps

We have been using Swiss wool as a filler material for our insulating products since 2011. The SWISSWOOL® products are characterized by their regional origin, short transport routes and the fact that they are processed entirely in Europe. To this end, 26 collection points have been set up across Switzerland to which even the smallest wool farms can send their wool in return for fair payment. The Swiss wool industry, once presumed dead, has been revitalized thanks to the SWIS<input type="image" class="c-inputButton" name="_saveandclosedok" src="https://www.ortovox.com/typo3/clear.gif" title="Save and close document" />SWOOL® initiative.