The fashion sector was not a pioneer in environmental safety, like many other companies, but we are aware of the need to change our practices. We are convinced that it is possible to conciliate respect for the environment and appealing fashion.
To achieve this, we are focusing our actions on economic resource management, reducing pollution and respect for biodiversity through better traceability. As a major operator on the shoe and clothing market, our duty is to embrace a path of progress and lead by example.
Objective: reduce our energy consumption by 20% by 2020 for all of our sites.
Gémo: the only fashion brand that is ISO 50 001 certified for energy management
Gémo has already exceed the objective in three years. At the end of 2016, the brand recorded a 28.7% reduction in its energy consumption compared to the reference year 2013. The brand’s recruitment in 2015 of an energy expert helped accelerate these results. Gémo implemented an ambitious policy to reduce energy use not only through behaviours but by choosing more energy-efficient equipment and installations as well, earning it ISO 50001 certification.
As for city centre brands – Eram, Bocage, Heyraud, TBS – two types of actions have been put into place simultaneously:
> Eco-action awareness
> An improvement plan and refurbishment work on all stores that use a great deal of energy
The circular economy
Sorting waste: the first phase in a circular economy policy
In 2009, the Group implemented a waste management policy in its out-of-town warehouses and stores. In 2014, selective waste sorting at the head office mobilised all employees and gave our waste a second life.
Cotton and leather: two sensitive raw materials
Our priorities are focused on leather and cotton, the two raw materials that have the most significant impacts from our activity. We have undertaken a traceability approach for each to follow the value chain all the way to the production site. Our goal is to map out the entire supply chain to be able to analyse the risks and measure the impacts. This initial step is an essential starting point to reduce our GHG emissions and assess the consequences on biodiversity. Our objective is to have 100% of the information about our materials by 2020.
And in our products?
The project began this year with our first experiment with recycled fibre jumpers at TBS and Parade, our brand of safety wear for the workplace.