On a journey to make sustainability the new normal.
To continue on our journey to sustainability, we have defined 10 pathways. Each pathway reflects a specific area for which we have formulated relevant action steps and targets.
01 JOURNEY - 10 PATHWAYS
01 SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS
WHERE WE STAND

• 70% of the production volume of the Autumn/Winter 2021 collection is sustainable*
• Continuously growing range of products with GOTS, OCS, RWS and RDS certification
• Our Cleanest Jeans Project
• Increased use of leather from LWG-certified tanneries (Leather Working Group)


*Marc O’Polo describes and labels a product as sustainable if at least 80% of its essential components (outer fabric, filling material and lining) in the apparel range, all of its essential components (outer fabric, filling material) in the home textiles range, at least one of its essential components (upper material, lining, sole) in the footwear range, and all of its essential components (main material and lining) in the accessories range (bags, small leather goods) consists of sustainable materials. An overview of these sustainable materials can be found here.

2023 OBJECTIVES
  • By 2023, we want our Marc O'Polo and and Marc O'Polo DENIM brands to offer only products that fulfil our high sustainability standards.

02 SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS
WHERE WE STAND
  • Rated “GOOD” in the brand performance check of the Fair Wear Foundation 2021

  • Member of the Fair Wear Foundation since September 2020

  • Amfori BSCI membership since 2009

2023 OBJECTIVES
  • By 2023, we want our Marc O'Polo and and Marc O'Polo DENIM brands to offer only products that fulfil our high sustainability standards.

03 ENVIRONMENT
WHERE WE STAND
  • LWG membership

  • Launch of “Our Cleanest Jeans Project” with the aim of reducing water and energy consumption and using less harmful chemicals

  • Fulfilment of the requirements on using chemical substances (the company’s own “Minimum Requirements of Chemical Parameters”)

2023 OBJECTIVES
  • Using only leather sources from LWG-certified tanneries

  • “Our Cleanest Jeans Project” – 100% denim with a low-impact wash

  • Measuring the social and environmental performance of all wet production facilities (tier 1)

  • Implementing the MRSL of ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals)

04 TRACEABILITY IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN
WHERE WE STAND

- Advancing digitalisation in our merchandise management system

2023 OBJECTIVES
  • Building up digital resources for making the journey of every product transparent

  • Showing our long-term suppliers through photos and site-specific information

  • Mapping our whole supply chain

05 STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
WHERE WE STAND
  • Regular communication of sustainability updates to our sales teams and suppliers

  • Regular customer surveys on the topic of sustainability

2023 OBJECTIVES
  • Sustainability webinar twice a year with our partners

  • Organisation of sustainability events for members and partners

  • Holistically integrating sustainable development goals (SDGs)

  • Transferring sustainability goals to our licence partners across all divisions

06 CLIMATE PERFORMANCE
WHERE WE STAND
  • Long-term partnership with ClimatePartner

  • Calculation of CO₂ emissions

  • Execution of a climate-neutral campaign (through compensation)

2023 OBJECTIVES

- Commitment to the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi)
- Climate-neutral brand
- Developing and rolling out a climate-neutral collection

07 TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS
WHERE WE STAND
  • Internal company car pooling system

  • 10–15% air cargo

  • BahnCard100 railway travel card option for employees

  • Promotion of E-bike leasing and purchases

2023 OBJECTIVES
  • Significant reduction of emissions (Scope 1, 2 and 3)

  • Avoiding air cargo

  • Sustainable mobility concept

08 PACKAGING
WHERE WE STAND

- Reducing the volume of packaging and choosing recyclable options
- Sustainable returns service for the online shop and cooperation with TEXAID
- Avoiding laminated cardboard for online orders

2023 OBJECTIVES
  • Launch of a new, sustainable packaging strategy

  • Integration if packaging that can be returned and recycled

09 ENERGY
WHERE WE STAND

- Annual energy programme
- Energy management system with regular audits at HQ and the stores
- Sourcing green electricity

2023 OBJECTIVES
  • Optimising energy efficiency, including through avoidable server activities

  • Establishing a stronger connection between energy management and CO₂ balance

  • Pushing for more use green energy for our international locations

  • Installing more charging stations for electric cars at our site

10 PEOPLE EMPORMENT
WHERE WE STAND
  • 2nd place in the TextilWirtschaft magazine’s study “Working in Fashion”

  • Fulfilment of requirements for remote working

  • Establishing the “Green Angels” – an open platform for employees

2023 OBJECTIVES
  • Implementation of a strategy for a corporate culture in which the topic of sustainability is firmly anchored

  • Regular in-house seminars on sustainability

  • Establishing further training formats on social and ecological topics

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