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    Pentland reports on modern slavery


    Pentland Brands has produced a report on labor practices in its supply chain. Called Modern Slavery , the report reviews such criteria as geography, political stability and worker demographics to gauge the likelihood of slavery’s use in various parts of the world. Homeworkers appear to be of particular concern ...

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    Odlo is POW’s latest partner


    The environmental NGO Protect our Winters ( POW ) has entered into a long-term partnership with Odlo , effective immediately. The cooperation is embedded in a long-term sustainability strategy by Odlo that is intended to redesign the brand’s presence in the market and in society, according to Knut Are ...

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    Pentland Brands publishes its first Positive Business report


    Pentland Brands has released a new report in which it outlines its new three-pillar “Positive Business” strategy. It is based on: 1) building purpose-led brands; 2) reducing its environmental footprint; and 3) promoting circularity and collaboration. Pentland Brands owns Speedo , Berghaus , Canterbury of New Zealand , Endura ...

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    Deckers Brands highlights CSR goals and achievements in a new report


    Deckers Brands has released its Creating Change FY20 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report , in which the group highlights its achievements toward its sustainable development goals during the reporting year from Apr. 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. Deckers owns a portfolio of footwear, apparel and accessories brands for ...

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    Burton’s Chill Foundation launches a European chapter


    The Chill Foundation , founded 25 years ago by Donna Carpenter and her late husband Jake Burton Carpenter, owners of Burton Snowboards , has set up a European office in Europe. The new Chill Europe is based in Zurich, where Donna Carpenter, joint chief executive of Burton, ...

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    Decathlon strikes a green-energy deal


    Decathlon France has signed a long-term deal with Voltalia to purchase renewable electricity from a dedicated solar farm. The farm will be funded and built by the international green-energy specialist company in southeastern France and should commence operation by 2023. Decathlon will be taking some 16 megawatts of ...

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    Speedo names Cullen Jones as philanthropic sales manager


    Speedo has announced the appointment of Cullen Jones , four-time Olympic medalist, to its North America team as the brand’s ”philanthropic sales manager.” He will be responsible for fund-raising initiatives and activities to build relationships with grassroots teams and community support strategies. Most recently, he was a development manager, ...

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    Vans donates $1 million to tackle mental health concerns through creativity


    Vans will donate a total of $1 million to 10 charities from around the world that work on programs focused on creativity as a way of coping with the stress factors that impact mental health and well-being. Each charity will receive $100,000 from The Vans Checkerboard Fund at ...

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    Arc’teryx promotes second-hand gear for Black Friday


    To shift the focus away from the mass consumption usually associated with Black Friday , Arc’teryx will be rewarding consumers in the U.S. and Canada who trade in their used equipment with a gift card worth 30 percent of an item’s original retail value, a 10 percent increase ...

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    Moncler makes several environmental and social pledges


    Moncler has pledged to make its factories carbon neutral by next year and to be using nothing but renewable energy by 2023. The Italian luxury sportswear company will be recycling certified DIST (Down Integrity System and Traceability) down, and thereby cutting its related water needs by 70 percent, as ...

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    Marchon to use Eastman’s sustainable acetate


    Marchon Eyewear announced that it will be the first eyewear company to produce frames using Acetate Renew , a new, sustainable material produced by the American specialty chemical company Eastman . Unlike other sustainable alternatives, Acetate Renew is indistinguishable from classic acetate, according to Marchon. It plans to start ...

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    Vaude launches an Academy for Sustainable Business


    Together rather than against one another: After Houdini just made the development specifications of one of its most sustainable products available as Open Source, the German outdoor brand Vaude has now announced the foundation of the “ Vaude Academy for Sustainable Business .” The academy is designed to ...

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    Protect Our Winters UK launches an initiative for climate action


    Protect Our Winters (POW) UK launched POW Pledge , a digital portal to equip the industry to take climate action towards net zero. “It’s very simple; our industry has to act on climate change in order to survive,” said POW ambassador Ed Leigh . “The ...

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    Soöruz wins prize from EuroSima and OSV


    Soöruz has won the €5,000 Innovator Of The Year prize from EuroSima and Outdoor Sports Valley (OSV) , chiefly for its its Bioprene and Oysterprene wetsuits. Soöruz beat 12 other companies before a jury of EuroSima representatives, OSV cluster partners, and innovation and sustainability experts. ...

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    YKK wants to be climate-neutral by 2050


    At this week’s Copenhagen Fashion Summit , YKK , the leading manufacturer of fasteners and trims, announced its YKK Sustainability Vision 2050 , which among other things is intended to serve as a roadmap for the company to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The five themes of the mission statement ...

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    Texon unveils new recyclable insole technology


    Texon , the U.K.-based producer of materials for the footwear industry, has unveiled a new insole technology that is based on 85 percent recycled polyester (rPET) and is 100 percent recyclable. Texon Ecoline is produced with a special fusion-bonded process that enhances the internal bond structure of the material’s ...

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    Oberalp's "leader" status is confirmed by FWF


    Three brands of the Oberalp Group – Salewa, Dynafit and Wild Country – have been awarded “Leader” status by the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) for the fourth year in a row. They have actually gained five more points than last year, reaching a score of 84/100. ...

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    Adidas founds the Football Collective


    Adidas has launched the Football Collective in London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo. A form of federation of local individuals and clubs, the Football Collective intends to foster social changes through football. It will be working with local initiatives already set up under the Adidas ...

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    Smartwool Europe partners with POW Switzerland


    For the upcoming winter season, Smartwool Europe has entered a partnership with Protect Our Winters ( POW ) in Switzerland. Founded in 2007 by a pro snowboarder, Jeremy Jones, POW is a global non-profit charity that builds communities of athletes, activists and committed companies to work on ...

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    Adidas completes green bond offer


    Adidas has announced the successful placement of its first sustainability bond, whose offer was more than five times oversubscribed. The €500 million bond carries a 0.00 percent coupon and has a duration of eight years. It is divided into five equal tranches and will be listed on the Luxembourg ...