Amer Sports, the mother company of Salomon, Wilson, Precor, Atomic, Arc'teryx, Suunto, and other sporting goods brands, has released its second annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, which sums up the company's initiatives and achievements in 2015. The group published its first CSR report in June 2015. During 2015, Amer Sports reviewed the materiality matrix, which defines the key areas for its CSR strategy, based on risk mapping findings and stakeholder expectations. These key areas now include: human and labor rights, fair and equal opportunities, health and safety, competence development, business ethics, climate change, circular economy, environmental stewardship, product compliance and materials of concern, community development, and sports community development. The materiality matrix forms a basis for the company's sustainability reporting.
To ensure product quality and safety, during 2015 Salomon and Arc'teryx committed to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the apparel, footwear and home textile industry's alliance for sustainable production, and to start using the Higg Index, a standardized brand and supply chain measurement tool for industry participants.
Also in 2015, Amer Sports' apparel and footwear category developed and launched a Materials Compliance Program to orient the group's core Tier 2 suppliers, which means that fabrics and trims are proactively screened against emerging priority substances. Footwear and apparel revenues of €848 million accounted for 34 percent of the group's revenues in 2015. Amer Sports' apparel category participates in the Bluesign system partner network, a solution for more sustainable textile production.
Salomon executed an internal program to make the Annecy Design Center (ADC) more environmentally friendly, in which it asked employees to contribute ideas and development suggestions. As a result, more than 100 ideas were submitted, of which about 20 will be implemented in 2016. In the area of waste reduction, during 2015 Precor implemented a campus-wide composting program at its facilities in Seattle, to divert food waste and other bio-based items away from landfills.