Sustainability philosophy

We are part of the solution

Today more than ever, it is clear that the world needs to change its outdated business models for newer ones that are more inclusive, respectful and democratic, and that maximise opportunities and are willing to take risks to be part of the solution.

We believe that each industry must take responsibility and be committed on a social and environmental level, which is why we place sustainability at the heart of our group. We are building a sustainable business model, one that is capable of generating social, environmental and economic well-being and that, in turn, creates long-term value for shareholders and increases the competitiveness of the company.

We want to foster positive changes in the fashion industry and promote a global balance that meets the needs of future generations.

Certifications

The certifications of our activity are the guarantee that we follow the regulations of the competent institutions by proving, for example, that we do not use substances dangerous to health or that we ensure people’s working conditions are respected.

Sustainable Textile & Leather Production (STeP) is a certification system that certifies the social and environmental respect of production centres in the manufacturing chain.

Independent certification that endorses the use of organic fibres, always taking into consideration the adequate and sustainable use of social and environmental aspects in the supply chain of raw materials.

International, voluntary and comprehensive product standards that set requirements for third-party certification of recycled inputs, chain of custody, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions.

Certifies that the garments are manufactured without substances known to be harmful to health.

One of the world's leading ethical trade organisations. Sedex works with multiple companies to improve working conditions in global supply chains.

Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) is an international voluntary standard that establishes requirements for third-party certification of recycled inputs and chain of custody. The aim of the standard is to increase the use of recycled materials.

ZDHC wants brands and retailers in the textile, clothing and footwear industries to implement the best sustainable chemical management practices throughout the value chain.

Initiatives

Global non-profit organisation and the world's largest cotton sustainability programme. Its aim is to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, for the environment and for the future of the sector.

ZDHC wants brands and retailers in the textile, clothing and footwear industries to implement the best sustainable chemical management practices throughout the value chain.

Application that automates complex tasks of monitoring, management and notification of compliance with Manufacturing Restricted Substances Lists (MRSL) and Restricted Substances Lists (RSL).

Our commitment is firm

Strategy to meet our goals and objectives

Evaluate

Measure

Implement

Improve

  • People
  • Products
  • Planet

A safe, healthy and respectful work environment.
Ethical and transparent governance and behaviour.

2021

Promote ethical and transparent conduct and good governance

Establish business ethics management systems and provide the necessary resources to identify and measure risks and assess compliance. – Portugal, Spain and the United States.

Guarantee transparency through the annual disclosure of the Sustainability Report in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standard – Portugal, Spain and the United States .

2021

Provide a respectful, safe and healthy environment for workers

Evaluate social and labour conditions in our own facilities using the Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (Higg FSLM) – Portugal, Spain and the United States.

Certify integrated management systems: Quality (ISO 9001), Environment (ISO 14001) and Safety (ISO 45001) – Portugal.

2023

Provide a respectful, safe and healthy environment for workers

Achieve a score of 80% on the Higg index (FSLM) verified in our own facilities – Portugal, Spain and the United States.

Sustainable raw materials.
Traceability throughout the supply chain.

2021

Sustainable raw materials

Increase the sustainability of our material mix; acquire more sustainable cotton; replace virgin with recycled polyester fibres; and obtain artificial cellulosic fibres from certified non-endangered forests manufactured in a more sustainable way – Portugal, Spain and the United States.

2021

Traceability of the supply chain

Map out and track Tier 1 & Tier 2 suppliers and subcontractors.

2022

Traceability of the supply chain

Assess supply chain sustainability risks and opportunities.

Efficient use of water, energy and chemicals.
Help fight climate change.

2021

Efficient use of water, energy and chemicals

Measure and evaluate the environmental performance of our own facilities using the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM).

Implement energy and water efficiency programmes, in addition to increasing the consumption of renewable energy sources.

Lead the textile industry in reducing pollution from dyeing.

2021

Traceability of the supply chain

Report on scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions in accordance with the Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard of the GHG Protocol.

Set and commit to a science-based goal.

Traceability

We are implementing systems capable of explaining the history of our fabrics and garments throughout the entire value chain. Thanks to these, we can trace, for example, the origin of the raw materials used or determine which supplier has carried out a certain textile process.

The objective is to ensure compliance with fundamental ethical and sustainability standards. For this reason, we work with numerous certifications that guarantee the transparency of our work and that of our suppliers.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Social and environmental commitment is a reality in our business model and, therefore, in the development of our production activity. We thus accept the need to adopt responsible, ethical and good leadership practices that help generate real change in the face of the climate emergency and the demands of an increasingly aware society.

Proof of this is our involvement in the search for more sustainable production systems, in the correct choice of suppliers and subcontractors that share our social and environmental principles, or even in the development of local communities.