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Responsible management of manufacturing processes and suppliers

To reach our social, environmental and manufacturing goals

A large part of the Calzedonia supply chain is made up of companies that are part of the Group, which we manage directly and entirely. Although we are well aware that there is room for improvement, we’re proud of the social, environmental and manufacturing results we are able to achieve daily.

Information relating to the management of these companies can be found in the ‘Our manufacturing facilities’ and ‘Our people’ sections.

In this section, however, we will summarize the way we manage the purchase from third-party suppliers of raw materials, finished goods, and ‘non-core’ materials (i.e. those not directly linked to the production of the garments we sell in our shops).

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The purchase process in a group that produces widely-consumed products and which wants to keep costs low for the end consumer involves various obstacles:

  • We must find raw materials and products that satisfy consumer demands and tastes;
  • These materials and products need to not only be beautiful, but safe for the wearer;
  • They need to have reasonable, sustainable costs for our business model;
  • Lastly, they need to be manufactured under civil, sustainable conditions.

The way down this path is not always easy, as a series of incidents which have impacted other important groups has demonstrated, and it is important to fully verify the production chain.

It isn’t always feasible to be absolutely sure that things are done in the best way possible, which is why we need everyone's commitment so that, in-line with their business model, the key players in the market and the production and distribution chain can head down a path of continuous gradual improvement.

We have started down this road and we will continue along it with intention and clarity. Here’s how we manage our purchases today and the improvements we intend to implement.

Purchase process

The commitment of all stakeholders to do things in the best way possible

Purchasing raw materials and finished products

Careful selection of suppliers and raw materials in compliance with specific requirements.

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Purchasing non-core materials

Calzedonia designs, develops and buys the materials used to decorate and furnish its sales points, such as shopping bags and product hang tags.

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Paper and cardboard for price tags, shopping bags and paper goods

Optimization of paper use and maximization of recycling.

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Fabric labels and consumables for printing

Oeko Tex certifications and research of efficient printing technologies.

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Plastic materials

Reduction of plastic materials to protect the environment.

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Related risks

Material safety: our priority

Product safety

Textile clothing products are items that consumers come into contact with daily, a sort of second skin.

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Technical Specifications for Compliance

Our specifications consider three main risk types: chemical, mechanical and physical.

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In addition to the commitments stated in the "Production Facilities" section, the Group has set important goals also in the area of ​​suppliers and use of materials:

  • Requiring all our suppliers accept our Code of Ethics as a precondition to working with us;
  • Diminishing the use of non-recyclable materials and unnecessary packaging;
  • Reducing the use of materials of animal origin, such as fur, even if coming from certified farms;
  • Constantly adding to the list of harmful or potentially harmful substances not to be used in our garments;
  • Constantly seeking out environmentally-friendly and sustainable solutions.

We intend to report periodically to our stakeholders on the progress made in various industries.

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We know just how vital a resource water is; for years, the company has been implementing practices to limit the impact of production activities on it as far as possible and developed systems by which to distribute it to employees as drinking water, free of charge, in particular in the geographic areas where access to water is impacted by situations of water scarcity or infrastructural deficiencies.

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The direct management of the production chain assures the dissemination of ethical practices typical of our culture, encouraging a safe, orderly environment and complete respect of the rights of all our workers. The Calzedonia Group works hard to reduce social inequalities: we are aware that a fairer, longer-lasting social and economic development also involves the sharing of operative and technological know-how and this is why we work to make sure that it becomes the heritage of our people and the communities in which they live.

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Calzedonia’s investments in production plants aim to have them evolve technologically, so as to make it possible to develop more sustainable production models: all plants are characterised by cutting-edge machinery, which guarantees safer working conditions, reducing waste, obtaining high productivity and conferring greater value on the raw materials.

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We know just how vital a resource water is; for years, the company has been implementing practices to limit the impact of production activities on it as far as possible and developed systems by which to distribute it to employees as drinking water, free of charge, in particular in the geographic areas where access to water is impacted by situations of water scarcity or infrastructural deficiencies.

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The direct management of the production chain assures the dissemination of ethical practices typical of our culture, encouraging a safe, orderly environment and complete respect of the rights of all our workers. The Calzedonia Group works hard to reduce social inequalities: we are aware that a fairer, longer-lasting social and economic development also involves the sharing of operative and technological know-how and this is why we work to make sure that it becomes the heritage of our people and the communities in which they live.

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Calzedonia’s investments in production plants aim to have them evolve technologically, so as to make it possible to develop more sustainable production models: all plants are characterised by cutting-edge machinery, which guarantees safer working conditions, reducing waste, obtaining high productivity and conferring greater value on the raw materials.

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