The right thing, not the easy thing: Pentland Group Corporate Responsibility review

We believe our performance is about more than just the numbers – it’s about the impact we have on the world and the communities in which we operate.  The latest Pentland Group Corporate Responsibility review looks at the positive changes Pentland Brands has made in 2018, the areas we’ve improved on and where there are still opportunities to drive change.

Within our 2018 Corporate Responsibility review, we’ve highlighted the UN Sustainable Development Goals where we believe we can have the most impact.

Responsible consumption and production

In an age where sustainability has never been more important, we continue to find innovations for the materials of tomorrow, while making sure our products remain the highest quality.

20% of Speedo’s water shorts range is now made from recycled materials, while its H2O Active women’s swim range uses recycled nylon made from fishing nets. In 2018, Berghaus joined the conversation around microfibres by developing Polartec® fleeces made from recycled plastic bottles – diverting more than two million bottles from landfill. 100% of the durable water repellent waterproof fabrics in Endura’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection are PFC-free.

We’ve also looked at our environmental impact. In the UK, our offices use 100% renewable energy and anything that can’t be recycled is used to generate energy.

Decent work and economic growth

We want our people to know they belong to a company that puts them and their interests at the heart of all it does. In 2018, we introduced our Corporate Responsibility Charter for suppliers. It outlines our ethics and governance requirements and how we expect our suppliers to protect people and the environment. We contacted every supplier and asked them to commit to the Charter in 2018.

We’re also supporting our own people to make sure they’re confident in partnering with the right suppliers. This year, we developed a guide to ethical sourcing to support our buying teams in selecting new suppliers and ensuring existing suppliers comply with our standards.

In 2018, Kickers was nominated for ‘Best Sustainable Initiative of the Year’ in the Drapers footwear awards for promoting good employment and better wages for homeworkers.

Reduced inequalities

We believe that every individual has the ability to shape our future, and we support our people to do so.  This year, we have enhanced our diversity and inclusion strategy, and nurtured an inclusive culture by refreshing our guidelines on flexible working and improving our support for people returning to work after leave. All our senior leaders have undertaken training on identifying and tackling unconscious bias.

Good health and wellbeing

We offer a range of resources to promote employee wellbeing. In 2018, we piloted an online tool to support mental health and wellbeing, which we’ve since rolled out to our employees globally.

We want to help more people get fit and stay healthy. In 2018, we chose five new charity partners with the goal of inspiring more young people to get active. Over the next three years, we aim to inspire 5,000 young people in the UK to get involved in sport with the charities Panathlon and SportInspired.

We’re passionate about supporting disadvantaged communities. In 2018, we helped 195,863 people access safe, clean water close to their homes and 6,149 young women build confidence through sport, working with British Red Cross and United Purpose respectively.

Stephen Rubin, Pentland Group Chairman, says, “As a Group, we have long maintained a commitment to treating the people in our business, those in our supply chain, and the environment around us, fairly and with respect. We are aligned with the fundamental aspects of the United Nations Global Compact in ensuring the way we operate is sustainable and socially responsible.

“Every year, the importance of being a responsible business grows, and we recognise that our employees play a vital role in helping us to deliver our corporate responsibility ambitions.”

You can download the full report here.

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