Alone we can do so little,Helen Keller
together we can do so much.
Author and political activist
Striving for a more sustainable world puts us all on the same team. To do our part and become an ever more sustainable company, we depend on what our stakeholders and industry peers share with PUMA. The feedback and expertise of our stakeholders, as well as the collaborations with our industry peers is indispensable for our progress.
Talks at Banz
What are the key sustainability issues that PUMA is facing and what do experts expect from us? To find the answers, we meet up once a year with our stakeholders.
Since 2003, we have invited representatives from NGOs, industry, suppliers, universities, private organizations such as WWF, bluesign®, Better Work, Borussia Dortmund, Harvard University to our Talks at Banz in the Banz monastery in Bad Staffelstein, Germany.
What started off as a small discussion in roundtable format has now evolved to a forward-thinking, renown conference. The intense, sometimes heated, discussions with stakeholders have always provided us with constructive feedback on our sustainability strategy and supported our progress.
Some of the key take-aways of the last years were
Our sustainability efforts need to expand deeper into PUMA's supply chain
PUMA should implement an ambitious cotton strategy
PUMA should develop a science-based CO2 target to support the 2° Celsius limit
Complete phase-out of poly-fluorinated hydrocarbons within two years until December 2017
PUMA's Most Material Aspects
Feedback from our stakeholders has helped us identify and focus on PUMA’s most essential aspects with the highest influence on business success. We have separated these into environmental, corporate, supply chain, and product related goals.
We work together with a number of national and international organizations and programs, and engage extensively with stakeholders and experts to cover all bases.
ILO Better Work
As a Buyer Partner of the Better Work Program, PUMA commits to use Better Work audits in lieu of our own social assessments in Vietnam, Cambodia, Jordan and Bangladesh. The aim is to relieve our suppliers from social audit fatigue.
Fair Labor Association
As an active and accredited member of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), PUMA continues to work towards improving the labor conditions in supplier factories.
Fair Factory Clearinghouse
The Fair Factory Clearinghouse (FFC) facilitates informed ethical business decisions by providing a shared database to brands like PUMA. We have partnered with FFC to support shared social compliance monitoring and collaboration with other brands.
Social & Labour Convergence Project
The Social & Labour Convergence Project (SCLP) seeks to improve working conditions by creating one converged assessment for suppliers within the global apparel and footwear supply chain. PUMA actively supports and engages in the development of this assessment, seeing the advantage of reducing audit efforts within the industry and allowing a shift towards capacity building measures.
Right to Play
PUMA and the international humanitarian organization Right to Play have signed a three-year partnership. The aim is to reach Right to Play Programs abroad and giving stakeholders in Germany, such as volunteers working with refugees and PUMA staff, the chance to help implement sports and play activities for disadvantaged children and young people.
The consultancy twentyfifty supports us in our human rights due diligence process by executing human rights impact assessments on a corporate and supply chain level.
UN Global Compact
The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is a United Nations initiative encouraging 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.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees
PUMA additionally works with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Turkey to support the integration of Syrian refugees into the Turkish labor market by providing chances at our supplier factories.
Health and safety
The Bangladesh Accord
PUMA signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, a legally binding agreement between apparel brands, retailers and trade unions designed to build a safe and healthy Bangladeshi Ready-made Garment (RmG) Industry. With this, we wholeheartedly agree to prevent fires, building collapses, or other accidents with reasonable health and safety measures.
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Program
PUMA has the vision of a widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry and best practices. We became a founding member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Program, where we work together towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the textile and footwear industry with the goal to improve the environment and people's wellbeing.
The AFIRM Group is a cooperative effort of chemical management professionals from leading brands, working to harmonize and promote restricted substance management across the industry. PUMA wholly supports AFIRM’s mission to reduce use and impact of harmful substances. We lend our voice to the cause for the benefit of supply chains, policy makers, the greater industry, and the consumers.
The independent bluesign® system pursues the unique approach to minimize the environmental impact throughout the production process. PUMA has been a bluesign® system partner since 2014 with the goal to increase the use of bluesign® approved materials in our collection.
Better Cotton Initiative
BCI is a not-for-profit organization that exists to make the global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. PUMA joined the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) as a member in 2016.
Leather Working Group
The Leather Working Group is a multi-stakeholder organization. It maintains a protocol to assesses the environmental compliance of leather manufacturers and promotes sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry.
Forest Stewardship Council
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) sets the standards for a responsibly managed forest on an environmental and social level. FSC forest management certification confirms that a forest is managed in a way that preserves the natural ecosystem and benefits the lives of local people and workers, all while ensuring it sustains economic viability.
CDP – formerly called Carbon Disclosure Project – is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. PUMA has been participating in the project since 2006, annually publishing precise emission figures and specific goals.
Stiftung 2 Grad
The Stiftung 2 Grad (Foundation 2° – German Businesses for Climate Protection) is a CEO initiative to limit average global warming to well below two degrees Celsius. PUMA CEO Bjørn Gulden personally supports this cross-industry platform for active collaboration between science, politics and private sector.
International Finance Corporation
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is the largest global-development institution focused exclusively on the private sector of developing countries. In cooperation with other major brands and the IFC, PUMA has launched a new supply chain climate change program to promote renewable and efficient energy consumption in our supply chain.
Water and Air
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Program
PUMA’s investment in reducing the discharge of hazardous chemicals in the textile and footwear to zero reflects on the impact on water and air. By introducing widespread sustainable chemistry and best practices, we also reduce negative influences on our most important resources.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Through PUMA’s collaboration with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), we work on reducing the environmental and social impacts of our apparel and footwear products.
Partnership for Sustainable Textiles
The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles is a multi-stakeholder initiative involving the textile and clothing industry, retailers, trade unions and civil society. It pools the strengths and expertise of its members to bring about social, ecological and economic improvements throughout the entire textile supply chain.
Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs Beijing
The Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) is a non-profit environmental research organization. It’s dedicated to collecting, collating and analyzing government and corporate environmental information to build a database and provide real-time information on pollution. The waste water test results of Chinese PUMA suppliers are publicly reported on this platform.
UN Global Compact
The ten principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) also serve as constant guidance for PUMA and all of our actions to reduce our impact on the environment and give people the chance for a better life.