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Environmental responsibility

 

The quality of our products is essential for commercial success and at the same time makes an important contribution to the sustainability of our product range. This also includes continuous optimization of environmental protection measures in the supply chain and strict control of the chemicals and materials used.

The environment in our supply chain

The environment and the considerate use of resources are important issues for the TOM TAILOR Group. We can actively exert a positive influence on our products and our supply chain. Our focus here is on reducing the chemicals used, the use of sustainable materials, the lifespan of our products and compliance with local legal regulations. As a member of the BSCI (amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative), we have voluntarily committed ourselves to its code of conduct to comply with country-specific environmental protection laws.

As we source the majority of our products from manufacturers in Asia and Turkey, the transport of finished articles from producer to distribution centre is a significant issue in producing CO2 emissions. In order to make long term reductions in pollution, transport processes are being constantly optimized, for example in the implementation of improved container usage.

Strict limits in the use of chemicals

The TOM TAILOR Group launched its own DETOX initiative in 2015 to eliminate environmentally harmful chemicals from production and gradually replace them with more environmentally friendly alternatives. Over the years, we have developed our own guidelines for the use of chemicals by our suppliers.  Some of these internal limits are more exacting than those of the strict European statutory requirements. Numerous spot checks by our TOM TAILOR Group teams in our sourcing offices on site as well as in external laboratories ensure compliance with the requirements.

Our suppliers are also prohibited from using PFCs (perfluorinated compounds) and APEOs / NPEOs (alkylphenol ethoxylates / nonylphenol ethoxylates). In order to further develop the subject of chemicals management, we have also formed teams in all sourcing offices of the TOM TAILOR Group and trained them in an internationally recognised laboratory. A Chemical Handbook has been developed to which all our suppliers adhere to as well as to our Chemical Compliance Letter.

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