From politics to production. From nationwide industrial networks to global collaboration projects. There are many ways of working together to make a difference. Here, you will find an overview that is intended as a guide to how we collaborate on sustainability issues.
The bangladesh accord
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is an international agreement with action plans pertaining to construction, fire and electrical safety. The agreement results from the desire to create safer factories in the Bangladesh clothing industry. The need for doing so became painfully clear following the Rhana Plaza collapse that occurred in 2013 at the capital city, Dhaka, where 1,129 workers lost their lives. The Accord is a collaboration between international and local unions, clothing companies and trade organizations. In total, more than 1,600 factories are covered by the programme. Gina Tricot signed the agreement in 2013 and the company also signed Accord 2018, which covers a three-year period starting in May 2018.
Better cotton (bci)
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes a better future, both for people and communities involved in cotton farming and for industry where cotton plays an important role. Within the context of BCI, farmers are trained on more sustainable methods that include everything from water use to fertilizers and insect control. The aim is not to produce organic cotton, but to help bring about more sustainable cotton production on a larger scale and improve the conditions for cotton producers. Gina Tricot has been a member of Better Cotton Initiative since 2011.
Amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is an organization that strives to bring about better working conditions in the supply chain. At the present time, BSCI has succeeded in getting more than 2,000 companies to agree on a shared Code of Conduct and it provides support on efforts to address social and environmental issues in the supply chain. Gina Tricot has been a member of BSCI since 2011. As a member, we are committed to implementing the Code of Conduct in our supply chains. It also gives us access to a platform where information on audits and about our suppliers is collected. It serves as an important tool in our continuous efforts to evaluate and monitor production.
CanopyStyle is an initiative to ensure that supply chains are free of viscose manufactured from wood that comes from virgin or endangered forests. As part of this initiative, the non-profit environmental organisation, Canopy, collaborates with companies in the textile industry in a joint effort to influence fibre manufacturers and help speed up the process. The goal is to protect endangered forests and develop innovative solutions for more sustainable fibre production.
Gina Tricot contributes to the initiative by getting our suppliers involved and creating transparency further down in the viscose supply chain. By documenting our viscose supply chain, we hope to ensure, to the extent possible, that we do not rely on any wood that comes from virgin or endangered forests.
Research project on microplastics - minshed
Swerea IVF is leading a research project called MinShed aimed at zero emissions of microplastics and a better understanding of microplastics contamination both nationally and worldwide. The Swedish School of Textiles at University of Borås is also involved in the project. The aim of the project is to increase knowledge, produce guidelines and look at technical solutions on a scientific basis to help the textile industry reduce the emissions of microplastics from their products.
There will also be studies on how the design of washing machines can reduce emissions by, for example, equipping them with filters that can help lower microplastic emission levels.
Gina Tricot is one of several companies from a variety of industries participating in the project in order to create solutions to this problem that concerns us all. The project will run between 2018–2020.
Fur free retailer
Fur Free Retailer is a world-leading programme initiated by Fur Free Alliance; an international coalition of animal and environmental protection organizations. The programme involves and motivates companies to work together and become fur-free. It also helps increase transparency for consumers interested in fur-free products. The initiative has resulted in a digital list that guides consumers to companies that are involved in the programme. Gina Tricot joined the initiative in 2011.
Human Bridge is a professional organization specialized in supply of medical equipment. The organisation supplies hospitals around the world with used but well-functioning equipment. It also supplies clothing and other materials in places where there has been a humanitarian disaster. Gina Tricot has collaborated with Human Bridge and Fretex, its Norwegian equivalent, since 2010. Through this collaboration, Human Bridge/Fretex manages the products that our customers take to stores for reuse, recycling or because the item is defective.
The chemicals group
The Chemicals Group is a network for sharing knowledge and news about chemical and environmental issues with its member companies. Through this network, more than a hundred companies have joined forces to tackle issues having to do with legal requirements and chemicals. They also share knowledge and information on responsible chemicals management. The network is run by Swerea IVF together with government authorities and experts from academia.
Swedish chemicals agency
The Swedish Chemicals Agency is a supervisory authority under the Government of Sweden. It is responsible for ensuring that companies and society at large conduct controls of chemicals in an acceptable manner. Gina Tricot participates in the Agency’s dialogue with industry which brings together government authorities, professional organisations, manufacturers and distributors. Together, we discuss industry-specific issues and create action plans for a toxic-free everyday environment.
The swedish association for sustainable business (nmc)
The Swedish Association For Sustainable Business (NMC) has been in existence since 1994. The Association engages Swedish companies and organisations that would like to exchange knowledge, experience and ideas on how to work with sustainability in a proactive, integrated and successful way. NMC does this through cross-sectoral exchange of experience and knowledge between sustainability managers and key actors in society.
One bag habit
One Bag Habit is a joint effort by retailers to raise awareness among consumers about sustainability and lower the consumption of plastic bags. As of 1 June 2017, we charge for the bags sold at our stores and encourage customers to purchase sustainable bags that can be reused. All of the proceeds from the sale of bags goes to charitable organisations that focus on sustainable development regarding environmental and social issues. Gina Tricot has been a member of the initiative since its inception.
The swedish trade federation’s network on animal welfare
The Swedish Trade Federation arranges network meetings to discuss issues concerning animal welfare and materials which originate from animals. In 2017, as a result of the group’s efforts, the Swedish Trade Federation was able to launch an animal protection policy aimed at increasing knowledge and raising awareness of animal welfare issues. The policy has also been supplemented with a guide for purchasers and designers on materials which originate from animals.
SIPTex, the Swedish Innovation Platform for Textile Sorting, is a research project that looks into automated ways of sorting textiles such that the sorted textile fractions have both higher sorting quality and higher purity. The project is financed by Vinnova, Sweden’s Innovation Agency under the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation. Gina Tricot joined the project in 2016 along with others including Human Bridge, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and Swedish Chemicals Agency.
Textiles for recycling initiative (t4ri)
Textiles for Recycling Initiative (T4RI) was set up as an initiative of a few member companies of the Swedish Trade Federation. T4RI would like industry to take its share of the responsibility for ensuring that textiles have a longer life, or even a new life. With a focus on environmental benefits and a circular economy, the idea is that first and foremost, textiles should be reused. After that, they should be recycled in the best possible way by creating new fibres. Gina Tricot’s role in the initiative is to collaborate with the other companies in the reference group in order to create the conditions for doing this, discuss solutions for better reuse and recycling in the textile industry and promote a healthy atmosphere for taking responsibility.
Swedish textile importers association
The Swedish Textile Importers Association monitors trade policy issues and helps importers with issues having to do with customs, rules of origin, free trade agreements, CSR and other politically important issues. Lectures and seminars are set up that provide members with opportunities for exchanging experience and knowledge in this area.
UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) is a United Nations program that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance, along with disaster prevention and preparedness via its field offices throughout the world. Gina Tricot began collaborating with UNICEF in 2011, focusing on education of small children in Bangladesh. The project ran for more than 6 years. It has resulted in 26,500 children (4-5 years old) getting access to an education. In 2017, a new collaborative project got underway, this time, with a focus on education in factories. In recent years, Gina Tricot has also held store campaigns that provide additional support to UNICEF.
Un women sweden
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women, is a United Nations entity working for the empowerment of women. It was set up in 2010. UN Women is the global champion for gender equality and a world that is free of violence and discrimination against girls and women. In addition to its field offices in more than 90 countries, the organisation is also represented in national committees, including Sweden. The national committee promotes political initiatives associated with UN Women’s core issues. Furthermore, it collects grants, and provides information and training on women’s rights. Gina Tricot started collaborating with UN Women in 2017.