PUMA continues to place strong emphasis on stakeholder dialogue and industry collaboration. Therefore, the PUMA sustainability team works with a number of national and international programmes and engages extensively with stakeholders and experts on a regional and international level. Our main global industry initiatives include the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the ILO/ IFC Better Work Programme, the Fair Labor Association, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Foundation, as well as the Apparel and Footwear Restricted Substances Management Group. Furthermore, we partner with more material specific organisations such as bluesign technologies, the Leather Working Group, the Better Cotton Initiative, and the Forest Stewardship Council. Our global initiatives are supported by regional initiatives like the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, the Indonesia Protocol on Freedom of Association, or working with the Chinese National Apparel and Textile Council on wastewater quality, as well as joining forces with the UNHCR on promoting legal employment for Syrian refugees in Turkey. In addition, we partner with the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and are a member of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry.
Civil Society and Public Organizations
Fair Labor Association
PUMA is an active and accredited member of the Fair Labor Association and continues working towards improving the labor conditions in the supply chain through the FLA sustainable compliance initiative. Please visit our section External Audits to learn more about PUMA’s collaboration with the FLA.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)
PUMA’s collaboration with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) continues with PUMA playing an important role in several important SAC milestones, most notably the testing, development and launch of the Higg Index 2.0 that measures the environmental performance of apparel products. The SAC is an industry-wide group of over 60 leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, suppliers, nonprofits and NGOs working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world.
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme
PUMA is a founding member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme. The mission of the ZDHC Foundation is to advance towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the textile and footwear value chain to improve the environment and people's well-being. Its vision is widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry and best practices in the textile and footwear industries to protect consumers, workers and the environment. The ZDHC Programme includes a collaboration of 22 signatory brands, 24 value chain affiliates, and ten associates.
Better Work Program
In 2012 PUMA deepened its engagement with the Better Work program by becoming a Buyer Partner. As a Buyer Partner, PUMA commits to using only Better Work audits in lieu of its own social assessments in relevant markets in Vietnam, Cambodia, Jordan and Bangladesh as part of a strategic commitment to bring down social audit fatigue. PUMA also supports Better Work’s expansion to related industries such as footwear and other strategic growth areas.
Partnership for Sustainable Textiles
The Textiles Partnership was established on 16 October 2014. The multi-stakeholder initiative, comprising textile and clothing industry, retailers, trade unions and civil society, will pool the strength and expertise of its members in order to bring about social, ecological and economic improvements all along the textile supply chain. In so doing, the Textiles Partnership aims to tackle common challenges more effectively, exploit synergies through joint projects on the ground, learn from one another and thus improve underlying conditions in the producer countries.
Leather Working Group
The objective of the multi-stakeholder group "Leather Working Group" is to develop and maintain a protocol that assesses the environmental compliance and performance capabilities of leather manufacturers and promotes sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
FSC was founded in 1993 as an outcome of the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. FSC is a global not-for-profit organization that sets the standards for what is a responsibly managed forest, both environmentally and socially. By consulting with businesses, NGOs, communities, workers, and Indigenous Peoples, they continually develop, and strengthen, FSC forest management and chain of custody standards. FSC forest management certification confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves the natural ecosystem and benefits the lives of local people and workers, all while ensuring it sustains economically viability. The FSC label can be found on products worldwide, providing an assurance that the product you are buying is made from wood from responsible sources.
The Bangladesh Accord
Even though PUMA did not source from Rana Plaza, where the tragic building collapse happened in 2013, we joined the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh when it was launched. It is a legally binding agreement between apparel brands, retailers and trade unions designed to build a safe and healthy Bangladeshi Ready-made Garment (RmG) Industry. It works on preventing fires, building collapses, or other accidents, with reasonable health and safety measures.
United Nations Global Compact
The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is a United Nations initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation. PUMA remains committed to the UNGC and its ten principles on Human Rights, Labor, Environment and Anti-Corruption. We have also aligned our 10FOR20 Sustainability Strategy to the Sustainable Development Goals.