BESTSELLER’s releases Sustainability Report 2015/16

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Nov-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (25 november 2016), we launch BESTSELLER’s Sustainability Report 2015/16 – a report that captures how far we have come in our efforts towards being among the most sustainable high street fashion companies.

“This year, we have adjusted our strategy in order to ensure that it continuously reflects a high commitment and ambition level and that it embraces new sustainability tendencies and focus areas. We have set a new goal to reduce the amount of virgin plastic in our packaging and in our supply chain, and we have emphasised our commitment to integrate animal welfare in our buying practices to a higher degree,” says Mogens Werge, Communication & Sustainability Director.

The core of BESTSELLER’s sustainability work is continuously to ensure responsible supply chain management in all production countries. As of 31 July 2016, BESTSELLER’s supply base includes 425 suppliers manufacturing at 831 factories, and the compliance rate is stable at 93%, while the last 7% are under remediation.

“We address many complex issues that cannot be solved over night or by BESTSELLER alone. Therefore, we engage in various multi-stakeholder collaborations to find joint solutions to these issues at industry level,” says Mogens Werge

This year, BESTSELLER has become a Foundation Stage Member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the world. BESTSELLER has also become a member of the Ellen McArthur Foundation CE 100 group with the aim of understanding and assessing the challenges and opportunities of bringing circular economy into a business context.

We have come far in our work and achieved satisfactory results, but our work continues. What’s most important is that we keep making progress on our goals and work proactively to make continuous improvements in our supply chain,” says Mogens Werge.

Read the Sustainability Report 2015/16 here

For further details, please contact:
Sustainability & Communication Director Mogens Werge
mogens.werge@bestseller.com
+45 27 95 87 13

Source: Bestseller

BESTSELLER JOINS THE BRITISH ETHICAL TRADING INITIATIVE

BESTSELLER HAS BECOME A FOUNDATION STAGE MEMBER OF THE BRITISH ETHICAL TRADING INITIATIVE (ETI), WHICH IS A LEADING ALLIANCE OF COMPANIES, TRADE UNIONS AND NGOS THAT PROMOTES RESPECT FOR WORKERS’ RIGHTS AROUND THE GLOBE.

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — By becoming a Foundation Stage Member of the ETI, BESTSELLER has committed to adopting the ETI Base Code, a model code of labour practices, as well as following ETI’s Principles of implementation. This means that we will work in close collaboration with the other ETI members to tackle the many complex questions about how to trade ethically and how to make a positive difference to workers’ lives. After two years of being a Foundation Stage Member, BESTSELLER will become a Full Member, taken that the commitment during the trial period has been demonstrated in practice.

Ethical trading is not new to BESTSELLER
Back in 2008, BESTSELLER was one of the founders of the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH) which is the Danish sister organisation of ETI consisting of a broad variety of Danish companies. However, after 7 years, BESTSELLER has decided to resign and instead join the ETI to engage with other large international fashion companies that are met with the same expectations and face the same challenges.

“Through our membership of DIEH we have already participated in some of ETI’s working groups, but becoming a member ourselves will leave us with much better opportunities for influencing the work within the groups and help drive positive changes,“ says Mogens Werge, Sustainability Director in BESTSELLER.

BESTSELLER is also engaged in other multi-stakeholder initiatives, such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) that works to find a universal approach for measuring sustainable performance.

“As a single company we often have very little leverage to tackle issues that are deeply rooted in country cultures and that require fundamental changes. Therefore, joining forces within the industry and taking a collaborative approach is the most efficient way of making real sustainable improvements when working with complex supply chains as in the apparel and footwear industry,” says Mogens Werge.

Read more about ETI here: http://www.ethicaltrade.org/

Corporate Communication
Phone: +45 99 42 16 62
E-mail: communications@bestseller.com

BESTSELLER LAUNCHES ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

TODAY (20 November 2015), BESTSELLER’S ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY REPORT IS LAUNCHED. READ ABOUT THE INITIATIVES BESTSELLER HAS TAKEN TOWARDS BECOMING A MORE SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS AND THE RESULTS ACHIEVED SO FAR.

Brande, Denmark, 2015-11-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the Sustainability Strategy ’20by20’ BESTSELLER has defined 20 broad goals, which will guide the sustainability work towards 2020. In the Sustainability Report 2014/15, BESTSELLER presents the results of the work carried out so far and addresses some of the issues and challenges BESTSELLER meets on the way.

“In general we are satisfied with this year’s results. We have been working hard within a wide range of fields, and we have made good progress on most of our goals, but we acknowledge that there is still a lot of work to be done.” says Mogens Werge, Sustainability Director in BESTSELLER.

The core of BESTSELLER’s sustainability work is to ensure responsible supply chain management in all production countries, and this year 669 audits have been carried out by external and own auditors. As of 31 July 2015, 95% of the factories are in compliance with BESTSELLER’s Code of Conduct, and the rest are under remediation.

“We are very satisfied with the factory compliance level, and we believe that the collaboration between our suppliers, our own local sustainability colleagues and third party auditors has been essential for creating these positive results.”

Besides BESTSELLER’s general work with the audit programme, a lot of resources have been dedicated to meeting the requirements of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety. By the end of the financial year, all BESTSELLER’s 47 supplier factories in Bangladesh had been assessed according to the standards of the Accord.

“None of our suppliers’ factories had immediate risks to remediate, but some important issues, like missing or inadequate sprinkler systems, were found. Our suppliers are now working in close collaboration with our local sustainability team in Bangladesh to remediate these issues.”

BESTSELLER has also joined a social dialogue pilot project as well as engaged with the Danish union 3F’s local representative in Bangladesh to promote better workplace dialogue.

“By promoting the Scandinavian model for social dialogue we encourage workers and factory management to sit down together and discuss workplace related issues and negotiate better working conditions.”

Another important focus for this year was to provide consumers with more sustainable collections and increase the use of sustainable cotton (see below facts box).

“In the coming year, we will strengthen the collaboration with other textile companies. Within the industry network Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) we will focus on implementing the HIGG tool for assessing social and environmental impact of our business as well as on developing a common audit protocol,” Mogens finishes.

Read BESTSELLER’s Sustainability Report 2014/15 at www.bestseller.com/sustainabilityreport

Watch BESTSELLER’s sustainability film here.

FACTS FROM THE REPORT
• On 31 July 2015, 95% of the factories BESTSELLER collaborates with were in full compliance with BESTSELLER’s Code of Conduct, and the last 5% were under remediation

• More than 12,100 women in Bangladesh and India have benefitted from the HER Project – a workplace training programme that aims at increasing women’s health awareness and access to health services

• Today, 1/6 of all cotton used for BESTSELLER products comes from sustainable sources

• 25% of the cotton used for JACK & JONES and SELECTED HOMME products is Better Cotton

• This year, NAME IT has sold more than 4.9 million pieces of clothes made from organic cotton

• This year, VERO MODA has sold 1,500,000 pieces of GREEN ATTITUDE products which is an increase of 50% in comparison to last year

• At JACK & JONES, 24% of the jeans are now categorised as Low Impact Denim

SOURCE: BESTSELLER

BESTSELLER TO PRESENT ALL BRANDS DURING COPENHAGEN FASHION WEEK

THIS YEAR BESTSELLER WILL AGAIN PRESENT ALL BRANDS TO THEIR CUSTOMERS DURING COPENHAGEN FASHION WEEK.

Brande, Denmark, 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER’s female and male fashion brands can be found at a united BESTSELLER fair at a central and unique location in Papirhallen at Papirøen.

“Our focus is on our strong product portfolio and by presenting all our brands in one central venue, we expect to be able to serve our customers in the best possible way”, says Communication Director Mogens Werge.

Customers are welcome at Papirhallen from 4 – 6 August.

The BESTSELLER office at Lindencrones Palæ will be home to BESTSELLER’s children brands: LITTLE PIECES, LP BOYS, MINIMIZE & NAME IT, as well as maternity wear MAMALICIOUS and plus-size brand JUNAROSE. Lindencrones Palæ is for invited customers only. There will also be some sales activities at BESTSELLER’s office at Holmen where SELECTED, VILA, FIRST & I, Y.A.S and PIECES will show selected collections to invited customers.

SELECTED, VILA and JACK & JONES PREMIUM are also represented at CIFF with a focus on attracting new customers.

Brands at Papirhallen 4-6 August:
• ADPT
• JACK & JONES JEANS INTELLIGENCE
• JACK & JONES VINTAGE CLOTHING
• JACK & JONES FOOTWEAR
• ORIGINALS BY JACK & JONES
• CORE BY JACK & JONES
• JAQUELINE DE YONG
• NOISY MAY
• ONLY
• ONLY PLAY
• ONLY & SONS
• OBJECT
• PIECES
• SELECTED
• VERO MODA
• VILA
• YAS

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BESTSELLER TO PRESENT ALL BRANDS DURING COPENHAGEN FASHION WEEK

BESTSELLER TO PRESENT ALL BRANDS DURING COPENHAGEN FASHION WEEK

BESTSELLER arranges world-wide charity day across all its brand and countries on 10 April

Brande, Denmark, 2015-4-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER is arranging a world-wide charity day across all its brand and countries. ‘One day to unite and do good’ is what it’s all about. The name of the event is GIVE-A-DAY and the concept is simply ‘Everything our customers spend on 10 April is given to charity’.

ABOUT GIVE-A-DAY
“In BESTSELLER we are privileged to be able to make a positive difference for others and the world around us. Therefore, we have decided to give something back to the communities, where our customers have helped us grow,” says BESTSELLER Corporate Sustainability & Communication Director Mogens Werge.

What it means in practical terms is that BESTSELLER will donate an amount equalling the net turnover of all BESTSELLER-owned and partner-owned retail stores, all BESTSELLER-owned online shops plus the net turnover of our b2b sales on 10 April 2015. So no matter which of the BESTSELLER brands’ stores or online stores customers visit on the 10 April – JACK & JONES, VERO MODA, NAME IT or any other BESTSELLER brand – the full turnover of that day will be donated to charity.

LOCAL CHARITIES
50% of each country’s net turnover will be donated to local charity causes in the countries where BESTSELLER has its stores.

“We have asked our local colleagues in our retail countries to find charity organisations, which have a charity course that resonates with them and our customers,” says Mogens Werge.

“GIVE-A-DAY is about giving something back to the communities, where we have built our success, and to help people in need. We want to make our colleagues proud and to raise awareness about the charity causes we support both locally and globally,” Mogens Werge adds.

GLOBAL CHARITIES
The other 50% will be donated to major global charity causes. BESTSELLER has chosen to cooperate with Save the Children, UNICEF and GAIN as global partners.

BESTSELLER and Save the Children will support the Dream School project that will ensure proper school attendance and a chance for a better future for tens of thousands of children in rural China.

Together with UNICEF – the United Nations Children’s Fund – BESTSELLER will support a project to significantly reduce the child mortality caused by malaria in Angola, Kenya and The Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is an international organisation driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition. In India, 48% of children under the age of five are suffering from chronic malnutrition, and one in every three malnourished children in the world lives in India. The goal is to improve nutrient intake amongst hundreds of thousands of children and mothers in India by bringing together groups of women and training them to run their own businesses producing nutritious foods.

In addition to the three global projects the BESTSELLER FUND will also team up with M-Kopa Solar in a project called ‘Light Up Villages in East Africa‘, which will provide more than 150,000 people in rural villages with the benefits from solar power lightning systems.

Read more and see the list of country-specific charity organisations at bestseller.com/giveaday. Here it will also be possible to see the donation amount accumulate during the day.

More info
www.bestseller.com/giveaday

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BESTSELLER arranges world-wide charity day across all its brand and countries on 10 April

BESTSELLER arranges world-wide charity day across all its brand and countries on 10 April