For BESTSELLER it is very important that our products are safe for the consumers, for the environment as well as for the people working for our suppliers. Our chemical restrictions are of course very important but they are not enough.
To improve the performance of our suppliers, BESTSELLER arranges training in our chemical restriction for chosen suppliers. Recently we have had special focus on China and 131 suppliers attended our training on chemicals. The test ratings of the suppliers who have attended the seminars have shown improvement meaning that there are less fails in their chemical testing.
Our experience has taught us that a close relationship to our supplies is essential if we want to influence them in order to change their production or substitute unwanted chemicals.
By focusing on supplier relationship management, Gabriel has created a strong cooperation with our main suppliers, which is a key element in creating a strong and transparent supply chain. In the supply chain, we use each other as sparring partners to evaluate possibilities for improvements continuously to be at the forefront when it comes to the management of chemicals.
Gabriel has a close collaboration with our partners in the supply chain regarding labelling schemes. Labelling ensures compliance with the manufacturing requirements for products to be verified by third parties. Gabriel uses internationally recognized labels. The EU Ecolabel, Oeko-Tex, Cradle to Cradle and the Nordic Ecolabel, the Swan, are selected as these are widely known and recognized. Furthermore, Gabriel is certified under ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, which ensures systematic control of parameters in product development and production in outsourced processes.
To be on the forefront regarding environmental and CSR related topics, Gabriel has a long-standing partnership with various knowledge partners, including Dansk Mode & Textil, Network for Sustainable Business Development in Northern Denmark, EPEA Hamburg and Aalborg University as some of the more important partners.
It is a complex and very important task to be knowledgeable about the chemistry used in the manufacturing of our products. This to protect the workers in the factory, the clients and the environment. We have been working on this task for many years in collaboration with our suppliers. When we develop a new product, it is an incorporated part in the development process that we always consider the use of substances in our products. We are convinced that the close collaboration is the way to go, to avoid the use of harmful chemistry in products. It is a long learning process for both suppliers and Kvadrat.
IC Group urge suppliers to purchase dye stuff, pigments and textile auxiliaries from reputable suppliers, such as ETAD members (www.ETAD.com), e.g. BASF, CHT-Bezema, Clariant, Dystar, Huntsman and Rudolf. Products purchased with these suppliers and applied appropriately will minimize the risk for chemical failure. The same when working with GOTS, BlueSign and Oeko-tex certified suppliers.
For leather Production, we see that the way in the future to control chemicals will be by using tanneries audited by the Leather Working Group.
IC Group work actively for suppliers to be BSCI audited and IC Groups code of conduct is the same as BSCI’s.
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Find more information on our website on “Working with Chemicals in IC Group, our Chemical Processes and Workflows and the latest RSL.
Questions and comments about the guideline can be directed to Louise Fredsbo Karlsson (email@example.com) from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.