Corporate Social Responsibility

Together we can change the world. By continuous improvement of all aspects of sustainability as an integral part of our strategy and of what every employee in our companies does every day — day in and day out.

Sioen Apparel is part of the Sioen Group. Being a large international company, we are aware of our social, environmental and economic responsibilities in society. Therefore, Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of our company strategy.

Sioen’s Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility refers to “the responsibility a company has when it comes to the effects they have on society, taking into account social, environmental and economic considerations into the overall management” (source ). On our dedicated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) website you can find the many actions Sioen is involved in. Those include sponsorships, sustainable products, the umbrella associations we are part of and the certificates we hold, among others.

Our CSR approach

Our CSR approach is based on four different views. The first one is the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), which address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and injustice. The second view is based on the Triple Bottom Line framework: People, Prosperity and planet. We have added two more “P’s”: Partnership and Peace. This 5 P’s approach helps us measure our business when it comes to sustainability.

For the third view, we have selected five topics that we call our Sioen Focal Points. The topics that we will give extra attention are: energy, waste, sustainable products, credentials and human resources. Our final view focuses on certificates, memberships and awards. They reflect our dedication to CSR-related themes and they prove that what we’re claiming are not just hollow words.

Our certificates

Our certificates show our commitments. Please also consult our CSR website for more information about our certificates and memberships.

ISO 9001

Quality management systems - Requirements are directly audited by a third party.

ISO 14001

ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. It can be used by any organization that wants to improve resource efficiency, reduce waste and drive down costs.

Human rights

The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. source: www.unglobalcompact.org.

REACH

We guarantee that we are fully REACH conformant. REACH is the European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use. It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances. Reach aims to enhance the human health and environment through a better and faster identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances.

Confidence in textiles

For pro-active sustainable product development.

STeP

Sustainable Textile Production — STeP — is the new OEKO-TEX® certification system for brands, retail companies and manufacturers from the textile chain who want to communicate their achievements regarding sustainable production to the public in a transparent, credible and clear manner. As market leader, we want more than high quality products. We also want our production processes to be sustainable.

We are the first PPE manufacturing company to receive a STeP certification. The audit revealed that Sioen Apparel complies with the highest requirements of STeP by the OEKO-TEX® standard level 3 in regard to our structures, processes and management systems.