Pentland has released its latest update on corporate responsibility in its UN Global Compact Report, detailing a refreshed CR strategy, and progress made in 2016.
The new strategy has three focus areas:
1.Building brands with social purpose
This is about using brands to play a positive role in society. As the name behind some of the world’s leading sports and outdoor brands, Pentland Brands want to get more people benefiting from being active. The Berghaus Get Out Game, Canterbury All Schools Programme and Speedo Swim Generation programme are examples of this principle in action.
2.Future-proofing the supply chain
This is about making the supply chain more robust and sustainable, by taking care of the natural ecosystems and resources it relies on. Significant progress in 2016 included piloting an industry leading Higg Index tool to monitor environmental impacts across the supply chain, and, using more recycled materials in Berghaus and Speedo products.
3.Tackling inequality and protecting human rights
This is about continuing to conduct business ethically and fairly, respecting everyone involved in making Pentland Brand products. In 2016 good progress was made on stepping up due diligence on modern slavery, promoting social insurance in China, and the right to collective bargaining in Indonesia.
Supply chain transparency
The report also details a commitment to transparency in the supply chain, an underlying principle that is fundamental to having a more constructive, open and collaborative dialogue with suppliers, other brands, NGOs and consumers.
Human Rights Watch highlighted Pentland Brands last week as one of the latest brands to sign up to their Transparency Pledge.
Pentland Brands has produced an interactive map detailing its production and assembly sites, where products are finished and assembled. It has also started a project to map all tier 2 suppliers that produce materials and component parts, hoping to continue the good progress in 2017.
You can read more in the Pentland Group CR Review.