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SUSTAINABILITY AT SUMMUM

Care for aware



Care for Aware – that’s our sustainable mission. We want to raise people’s awareness about the importance of sustainability. Sustainability in entrepreneurship, in our products and in our lifestyle.

We are extremely passionate about fashion. Since 1998, we have created a wide range of collections that allow women to experiment and add variety to their own style. Together with our employees, we love designing clothes that make women feel beautiful and look their best.

We are not just a close-knit family that takes good care of our customers and each other.

At Summum Woman, we are also passionate about the people who make our clothes, the animals and the earth. After all, the way we produce our clothing has an impact – and that’s something we take responsibility for.

Sustainability is part of our culture on all levels. Step by step, day after day, we work on our sustainability targets. Structured processes and shared responsibilities mean that corporate responsibility is engrained in our DNA. We have set up a special CSR team consisting of colleagues from various departments – together, we are stronger and achieve the most. Corporate sustainability is a never-ending journey.

And since we value transparency, we also like to show how we do it. That way, you are aware of how we work and you know what you are buying.

Care for Aware


WHAT WE DO, TRY & STRIVE TO DO

There is always room for improvement


What we do now?

Rolling up our sleeves and getting stuck in is in our DNA. With this attitude, we are also committed to respectful entrepreneurship, for people, animals and the earth – every single day. Sustainability starts at the core – in our own collections. We don’t design our collections for just one season, because a style that matches a personality doesn’t go out of fashion. Our collections are made from high quality materials that stay beautiful for a long time and last for several seasons. Every item of clothing deserves our love and respect. Our clothes are not disposable – they guarantee years of wearability and joy. We don’t like waste, so we make sure that we have minimal stocks and don’t cause overproduction. We are constantly looking for sustainable materials for our collections yarns, fabrics and processes that are just as beautiful and comfortable but have less or virtually no impact on our planet. With this in mind, in 2019 we launched our special Aware collection, of items made from at least 50% sustainable materials. The Aware label makes it easy to choose more sustainable fashion items. In so doing, we are creating more transparency in our use of materials and making our collections more sustainable, step by step. In 2016, we witnessed the birth of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile. Together with the central government, collective industrial organisations, sector associations and other fashion companies, we have made agreements to make the fashion sector and our production chain more sustainable. We have also developed a Code of Conduct, which has enabled us to communicate more effectively and make agreements with our partners and suppliers on social and environmental aspects. Recently, we also tightened our supplier selection procedure. We make more effective use of our Supplier Assessments and the results are considered in our decision-making. This creates a better understanding of the working methods used by our partners and helps us ensure that we only work with suppliers who, like us, are committed to responsible, sustainable production. Animal Welfare is a subject close to our hearts. That is why we have drawn up an Animal Welfare Policy and ask everyone who works with us to respect it.

“Buy less. Choose well. Make it last.”

Vivienne Westwood

“Become an active citizen through your wardrobe.”

Livia Firth

How do we want to improve?

With our motto ‘Care for Aware’, we work on creating a sustainable future for fashion every single day. We have the following sustainability targets: – To make our own organisation and supply chain more sustainable on a structural level – To create more transparency for the own internal organisation and stakeholders – To contribute to making the sector more sustainable – To work towards increasing our positive impact We are fully committed to innovative, sustainable materials and are gradually expanding our Aware collection. We are aiming for at least 15% of items we sell to bear the Aware label by 2020. In 2020, we will also focus even more on the key risks in our business operations and supply chain. From a social point of view, the greatest risks are violations to human rights and labour rights and the denial of a living wage to the people who make our clothes. On an environmental level, the main concerns are the use of chemicals and water and the origin and production method of animal materials, especially leather. Our Code of Conduct, Supplier Assessments, Restricted Substances List, Animal Welfare Policy, meetings with our suppliers and factory visits play a key role in identifying, addressing, resolving and preventing the above risks as much as possible. In 2020, we will also draw up a risk analysis for our three largest production countries, Poland, Portugal and China, which will be used in our Supplier Assessment. Supplier assessments will be carried out on our five largest suppliers using the risk analysis. Our field manager also carries out workplace assessments at production sites in Eastern Europe. It is our ambition to become more transparent about what we are currently doing in terms of sustainability and what our ambitions are. By openly communicating about the measures we have already taken, our plans for the future and the challenges we face, we also involve the outside world in our sustainability journey. We are currently working on our first sustainability report for 2019. The report is expected to be published in spring 2020.

Our end goal

After oil, fashion is the most polluting industry in the world. We are well aware of this fact, and that is why want to contribute to making our sector more sustainable. Our ambition is to be part of ‘the change’, the major transition to ‘cleaner’ clothing that we are all working towards. We want to increase and enhance our positive impact and challenge ourselves with ambitious sustainability targets. We are convinced that there is always room for improvement and are always on the lookout for the latest developments and innovations in the field of sustainability that meet our quality standards. Through both our working method and our collections, we want to show that sustainability and fashionable design can go hand in hand. We believe in a sustainable future for fashion and it is something we work towards every day. But we can’t do it alone: we do it together with our partners, suppliers, customers and other stakeholders. In so doing, we are making the world a little bit nicer together. Care for Aware

“There is no question climate change is happening. The only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it”

Sir David Attenborough


HOW?

Now you know the bigger picture, here’s the smaller picture


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