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Total control over the supply chain

The sustainability issues related to the supply chain in the textile and clothing industry are incredibly critical and topical.

We chose to get involved directly in the construction of our factories, which today produce about 80% of the items sold in our shops, giving us almost total control over the supply chain and direct responsibility for how companies are sourced and managed.

Our industrial facilities are found in Italy (Avio, Brentino Belluno, Castagnaro, Vallese di Oppeano, Castiglione delle Stiviere, Castel Goffredo, Segusino, Bologna and Gissi), Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Sri Lanka, Bosnia and Ethiopia.

 

Regardless of their location, we have always sought to identify the best construction technology available to ensure optimum working conditions, choosing the most efficient machinery and plants in terms of performance and energy efficiency.

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For the Calzedonia Group, production means constructive standards that are aligned with Italian and European regulations, including for facilities outside of Italy. For our older facilities, we are currently implementing projects to update and improve energy efficiency. In particular:

  • By 2019, 100% of the energy consumed in Italy by the Group's offices and factories will come from renewable sources;
  • The production site's lighting system upgrade to a more evoluted low-consumption system is at an advanced stage. By 2020, all of the Group's industrial companies will be outfitted with energy-saving LEDs, to be used in the new factories currently being planned. In addition, where possible, we are implementing DALI lighting control systems;
  • In 2018, we started a campaign to monitor the existing heating systems in all our manufacturing sites with the scope of replacing obsolete machines with new, energy-saving systems.
  • Calzedonia production also means water management: for years, we’ve been committed, in collaboration with suppliers of machinery, dye and chemical products, to search for new technology and products to reduce our water use. In the Tibel dye-works (Brentino Belluno), for example, we’ve gone from using 210 L of water per kg of dye to the current 50 L/kg. In the Ytres (Croatia) plants, we’ve cut the amount of dye used to exhaustion by more than 50% by changing the working cycle and the products used, with a significant reduction in the quantity of water to treat in the purifier;
  • At various production facilities, we've installed solar panels to produce energy from renewable sources, with the following results:

Electricity produced by solar panels in 2018

Energy in kilowatt-hours

 

Dossobuono

kWh

287.755

Castagnaro

kWh

1.701.604

Trever

kWh

256.896

Falconeri

kWh

401.973

Total

kWh

2.648.228

Production and Sustainability

Our commitment to a sustainable supply chain

Recycle & Reuse

We collaborate with research institutes to identify technologies and strategies to reuse all materials deriving from our working processes.

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Sustainable manufacturing

During our working processes, we carry out strict qualitative and procedural controls with the goal of reducing wasted materials.

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We're aware of the opportunities for improvement, and we're committed to making them a reality.

 

There are a few particular areas that, despite complying with legal obligations, present slight hurdles to our standards. More specifically, we’re working on:

 

1.  In-house production of accessories and cups for bras in Sri Lanka

Still not up to the standard we'd like. Studies to identify optimal solutions are ongoing.

 

2.  Safety procedures

In order to adapt our activity to the sector's best practices, a monitoring program and study of possible improvements in the maintenance and safety procedures of some facilities has been put in place.

 

3.  Verification of the practices adopted by our suppliers and sub-contractors located in the Far East

    • We launched an awareness campaign on the subject of sustainability. Calzedonia S.p.A. gives its raw material and finished product suppliers a document containing our specifications and requires they explicitly confirm the contents of our Code of Ethics.
    • As of today, no audits have been required by third parties for our suppliers in the Far East. We believe that we must act starting from a phase in which we raise awareness and convey the values that the Calzedonia Group considers essential.
    • Should any issues arise, an improvement programme shared with the supplier is envisaged, with pre-set times subject to verification.
    • In extreme cases, we would cease contracting with the supplier.

 

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