High standards for a fair and sustainable world
We are achieving our mutual goal of a fair and sustainable world with the continuous improvement of our supply chain. In line with PUMA, we only work with partners who fulfil the environmental, chemical, health and safety related, and the social requirements, which are set out in PUMA’s sustainability manuals. These requirements apply even if they are stricter than or contradict local standards. Find out more about Puma’s sustainability management here.
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BJØRN GULDEN CEO
As one of PUMA’s key values, sustainability is an integral part of our operations and the basis for working faster towards a fairer and more sustainable world.
three brands – one mission
With our brands and products, we see ourselves as game changers, innovators and trendsetters in our industry. We design our products and processes in a way that achieves the most positive social and environmental impact possible and generates added value for companies and society.
We are systematically expanding our sustainability initiatives across our entire brand and product range and our company processes. In doing so, we consciously and comprehensively bring in all our pooled resources – i.e. our staff commitment, professional know-how and organisational competence.
OUR STRATEGIC PRIORITIES
Questions & Answers
Sustainability subjects such as environmental protection and human rights are incredibly extensive, multi-faceted and very complex. Therefore, we have answered questions that we are frequently asked as compactly as possible.
Enforcing the PUMA Code of Conduct worldwide requires not only conviction but also committed employees who inspect and audit factories. Find out how these audits are conducted here.
In 2011, Greenpeace succeeded in bringing the issue of environmental pollution in the footwear and clothing industry to the attention of the interested world public with the DETOX campaign. More than 60 brands and trading companies from Europe, the USA and Asia have now committed to the core demand on the industry to eliminate eleven hazardous chemical groups from global production by 2020.
Our licensor PUMA was the first company to support the Detox campaign and is also a co-founder of ZDHC, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals
Initiative, which aims to ban harmful pollutants from production. As part of our licensing partnership, we have thus been following the “Roadmap to Zero” for many years, guided by PUMA, and systematically and sustainably reducing the chemical footprint of our products and production sites.
To ensure that no pollutants are released into the environment during production, PUMA follows an integrated chemical management approach that protects consumers, workers and the environment against potential hazards.
The linchpin here is safe raw materials: If hazardous chemicals do not enter factories in the first place, their control during production is eliminated and they do not end up in the products.
To achieve absolute protection for everyone who wears our products, PUMA works with the Restricted Substances List (RSL) of the industry’s own AFIRM Group, of which PUMA is a founding member. This lists not only the potentially hazardous chemicals used in the industry, but also information on safe concentrations. The data are based on the strictest regulations worldwide. Every year, external laboratories test thousands of materials against this list. Only materials with good test results are then used in PUMA products.
Prohibited substances are documented in the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL). These are primarily chemicals classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic to reproduction, persistent or environmentally bio-accumulative, the use of which is prohibited in the manufacture of PUMA products. PUMA’s MRSL was developed by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Foundation (ZDHC), a foundation that PUMA co-founded. The aim of the ZDHC is to enable brands and retailers in the textile, apparel and footwear industry to implement sustainable best practices for chemical management throughout the value chain. Through collaborative engagement, standard setting and implementation, everyone is working towards the common goal of achieving “zero” discharge of hazardous chemicals.
ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) is an association of 166 international companies and organisations (as of May 2020) who are working together on the elimination of hazardous chemicals from the textile industry.
By eliminating hazardous chemicals from textile production, the ZDHC works with its members to achieve environmental and health improvements.
By identifying more environmentally friendly and less hazardous alternatives through the ZDHC Gateway, the ZDHC supports the entire textile and leather production supply chain in establishing a more sustainable chemical management. Cooperation with existing and recognised certification systems and standards is an integral part of the holistic approach.
The aim of the ZDHC is to enable brands and retailers in the textile, apparel and footwear industry to implement sustainable best practices for chemical management throughout the value chain. Through collaborative engagement, standard setting and implementation, everyone is working towards the common goal of achieving “zero” discharge of hazardous chemicals.
PUMA wants to achieve the ten “10for25” sustainability goals by 2025. This involves improvements in the areas of environmental protection, health and safety at work, human rights, circular economy, and much more. Find out everything about PUMA’s ambitious objective, in which we are involved as a licensing partner, here.
A resounding yes. Sustainability is one of PUMA’s defined core values and an integral part of any collaboration. Sustainability is consistently implemented and has been deeply anchored in our core processes and products for many years.
Do you still have questions or are some topics still unclear? Our Sustainability Team looks forward to hearing from you.