We can only bring about positive changes by starting with ourselves.
We know that our business activities have an impact on the regional and global environment. Needless to say, it is a key priority for us to reduce this impact, which unfortunately tends to be mostly negative. This is also one of the tasks of our group’s Corporate Responsibility department. For example, our Corporate Responsibility team focuses on essential issues such as climate change, pollution and the sustainable use of resources, and is charged with finding effective strategies to tackle them.
The ongoing negative human impact on the environment demands that our company group aligns its strategy to reduce our environmental impact. This is why we are developing a comprehensive strategy for our group in order to make effective, sustainable changes. Among other things, since 2017, we have been tracking the carbon footprint of the entire Wünsche Group in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. This information provides us with valuable insight into the greenhouse gas emissions that our business activities produce and their impact on global warming. It also helps us to identify relevant emission drivers within our company group.
We are setting targets to cut emissions and consistently developing environmental protection measures based on the knowledge obtained from our carbon footprint analysis. These measures include, for example, using and producing our own renewable energies, offsetting business flights and adapting our everyday work life to make it more environmentally friendly. By calculating the carbon balance year-on-year, we can track progress and monitor how effective our measures are.
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Moreover, in 2013, amfori BSCI was expanded to include the Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI) to address the challenges of environmental protection in the supply chain. The purpose of this initiative is to record environmentally relevant data and measures at a factory level (for example, water and energy use) in order to develop and implement effective reduction methods to conserve resources. We, the Wünsche Group, actively support these goals by working with suppliers that meet the requirements of the BEPI system.
We place an emphasis on chemical management within our textile supply chains. In addition to the high level of water consumption, the use of harmful and polluting chemicals for washing and dyeing textiles is particularly problematic. The toxic by-products created in the process are a subject of criticism among our customers and NGOs and are unacceptable. This is why many of our customers have since developed their own chemical management programmes. We actively support our customers in advancing the detoxification of supply chains. Our expert staff regularly visit local washing facilities and dyeing mills and offer both advice and support on the use of and proper management of chemicals used in their production. Through repeated testing of wastewater and sludge, we verify their compliance of critical limit values in accordance with the specifications of the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) Wastewater Guidelines or our customers’ specifications. If critical limit values are exceeded, we support our supply chain partners by analysing the causes and offering recommendations for improvement. If no improvements are made, we reserve the right to terminate the business relationship with the washing facilities or dyeing mills.
Click here to view our Company Carbon Footprint (CCF) reports:
- CCF Report 2019 english (animated e paper)
- CCF Report 2019 english (PDF)
- CCF Report 2018 english (PDF)
- CCF Report 2017 english (PDF)
As of February 2022
The joint environmental report for the reporting years 2020 and 2021 will be published in Q2 2023.