Corporate and Social Responsibility
As part of the Oberalp Group, Wild Country belongs to a family of outdoor brands that take Corporate and Social Responsibility seriously. We are committed to make environmentally friendly and socially responsible products throughout their lifecycle.
Our Code of Conduct (CoC) is our prerequisite for the collaboration with partners along our supply chain. We decided to adopt a management system that allows us to regularly verify that the principles contained in this document are respected by and collaboratively implemented with our partners. Our main partner to work towards fair working conditions in our supply chain is the Fair Wear Foundation.
Fair Wear Foundation
Wild Country is a member of Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) that works with brands to improve labour conditions in the garment industry. Wild Country works to make step-by-step improvements for the workers who make the clothes we sell. FWF assesses our progress and reports on it at www.fairwear.org.
Wild Country monitors conditions at the factory it works with. FWF checks that [BRAND] uses its influence to support better labour conditions and doesn’t contribute to bad labour practices.
FWF also provides support and tools to continue working towards factories that are safe, where workers get paid living wages, with fair working conditions. FWF’s approach is based on 8 Labour Standards and on closely working together with factories and workers.
Creating sustainable change takes time. That is why FWF and its brands believe in a step-by-step approach. To transform the garment industry, FWF also works closely together with other industry stakeholders.
More than 85 companies representing around 120 brands are FWF members, committed to make a positive impact on the life of garment workers. Together we work on practical and innovative solutions to labour rights violations. Read more on www.fairwear.org or watch the video below.
SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Despite socially responsible manufacturing, we thrive to constantly increase the use of environmentally friendly materials and technologies. This in particular means selecting low impact fibers and technologies that are based on renewable resources and free of harmful chemicals. The following partnerships and measures have already been undertaken to push environmental efforts beyond legal compliance requirements.
We have been bluesign® system partner since 2011. In 2017, 18% of our textile products use bluesign® approved and 46% OEKO-TEX® 100 certified materials. The bluesign® system eliminates harmful chemicals at the beginning of the manufacturing process and supervises compliance with principles regarding safe, environmental production. To learn more about bluesign®, watch this video or visit http://www.bluesign.com/
Restricted Substance List (RSL)
In order to ensure that also the 36% of our this years´ used non-certified fabrics comply with our high chemical safety standards, we have created a “Restricted Substances List (RSL)” in partnership with the University of Innsbruck. We test selected fabrics that are neither bluesign® approved nor OEKO-TEX® 100 certified against this RSL. The RSL is currently revised and will be available online again shortly.
The most important function of PFCs is the addition of water-resistant characteristics to materials. Recent studies revealed that these compounds are environmentally harmful because they cannot break down in the environment. As a first step, we eliminated the more harmful long-chained C8 and only use the less harmful short-chain C6. We work intensively to eliminate the use of PFCs and find alternative solutions to offer PFC-free waterproof products of the same performance.
NATURAL FIBERS & TECHNOLOGIES
TENCEL® is the lyocell fiber from the raw material wood produced by the company Lenzing. The fibers are made by the extraction of cellulose contained in the wood. The production process features a nearly complete closed-loop process and has received numerous awards, among them the European Flower. In 2017, we use TENCEL® in 14% of our apparel styles. To learn more, please visit Lenzings website.
The S. Café® technology takes used coffee grounds and infuses them into the polyester yarns surface to give the fabric a faster drying time, improve the ability to absorb odors and reflect UV rays. To learn more about this technology, please visit their website.
Since 2011, the Oberalp Group publishes a bi-annual CSR Report for all its brands. The Reports can be downloaded here:
To learn more about the CSR engagement of the Oberalp Group, visit the website: www.csr.oberalp.com
If you have any further questions in regard to our sustainability commitment, please get in touch with us.