Lifecycle studies as well as the Environmental Profit & Loss Account show that the majority of the environmental impact for our products occurs during the raw material creation and processing phases. While the data on social impact is less complete, exposure of hotspots such as child labour in cotton farming or forced labour practices during cattle ranching indicate that the raw material stage has also a very significant social impact. We have therefore set targets for certifications of our main materials, namely cotton, polyester, leather as well as paper and cardboard between 50 and 90% of the production volume.
By doing so, we have focused on leading industry standards. In addition to these materials, we are also targeting the phase-out of hazardous solvents in the production of polyurethane. However, for this material we need to conduct further research before a percentage target can be set.