Sustainability

Our responsibility.

Economic success is a prerequisite for a company to survive in the market long-term. Customers, employees and society expect companies to take responsibility for their actions. 

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Approach.

MARC O'POLO takes on responsibility. Our Ambition? To be economically viable, environmentally friendly and socially responsible. This is why, for us, sustainability means connecting the success of our business with a commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibilty. This includes the following fields of action.

Corporate management

The trust of our employees, business partners and customers is the most important factor of our success. Together, we intend to create lasting values and products of the highest quality. Reliability, a responsible corporate management and forward-looking economic measures are of crucial importance to us.

Products

With our binding sustainability standards, we are taking an important step towards socially responsible and environmentally compatible products.

Suppliers

We are aware of our responsibility along the global supply chain. For more transparency, we rely on a trusting and long-term cooperation with our business partners.

Employees

Creative, passionate and authentic. At MARC O’POLO, we have lived and worked with this philosophy for almost 50 years. Our employees are the key to our success. To learn more visit: 

Career

Environment

As a company with different sites, we have a responsibility for environmental and climate protection. For years, we have successively optimized our in-house processes to increase the environmental friendliness. This includes the decision for a certified energy management system (ISO 50001: 2011) in line with the Energy Services Act. MARC O’POLO commits to an Energy Policy. You can read more about the measures which are taken in the annual energy program section of our:

Sustainability Report

Society

MARC O’POLO is a member of society and is actively committed to it in a variety of ways. In addition to a selected project for the Christmas period, MARC O’POLO supports numerous individual activities through donations in both cash and kind every year. Read more about our contributions and in particular the contributions of the MARC O’POLO Foundation in our: 

Sustainability Report 

Review

Sustainability Report 2016/17

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Sustainable materials.

Acting sustainable means selecting materials that reduce environmental impact throughout the supply chain. The use of natural materials is part of the brand core of MARC O’POLO.

MARC O’POLO Modern Organic Products

Our Modern Organic Products consist of cotton fibers sourced from certified ecological farming. 

For MARC O'POLO products, the minimum organic-cotton content of the material must be 50%.

 

Rules for the cultivation and harvesting include the following:

  • Use of crop rotation
  • Biological methods of pest control
  • No use of synthetic fertilizers
  • No use of genetically modified seed
  • No use of defoliants during harvesting

Recycled material

The use of recycled fibers saves natural resources and reduces the use of chemical substances, which is why MARC O’POLO increasingly uses recycled cotton-polyester and wool fibers. The minimum amount of recycled fibers in the material is 20 percent.

 

For the MARC O’POLO and MARC O’POLO JUNIOR outdoor collections, we use polyester padding made with recycled PET bottles. The products can be identified by the hangtag:

  • THERMORE® ECODOWN® made of 100 % recycled material
  • THERMORE® CLASSIC made of 50 % recycled material
  • THERMOSOFT® made of 50 % recycled material

For more information on both subjects please see our Sustainability Report

 

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Animal welfare.

Our commitment to nature is also a commitment to animals. Appropriate guidelines have been incorporated throughout the company.

Down

The origin of the down and feathers used for the products of MARC O’POLO is checked by the independent institute IDFL (International Down & Feather Laboratory and Institute) through a Supply Chain Traceability Audit. With this measure, we aim to ensure for our products, that no animals are force-fed and that no down is obtained from living animals. Labeled MARC O’POLO down products are from a supply chain audited by the International Down & Feather Laboratory and Institute.

Leather & Fake-Fur

MARC O’POLO only uses leather from farm animals, e.g. beef, lamb or goat and renounces the use of exotic leather. We also reject the use of real fur and have written a fur waiver to the FUR FREE Alliance, an international coalition of leading animal and environmental protection organizations. With this, we, as FUR FREE RETAILER, underline our longtime practice of renouncing the use of real fur and substituting fake-fur.

Angora

MARC O’POLO does not use angora in its products.

Labelling of non-textile components

The European Regulation for labelling and marking textile products (EU) No. 1007/2011 requires, in addition to the identification of fibers, the identification of “non-textile components of animal origin” in products. Such components would include, for example, leather tags or labels, down filling and horn or mother-of-pearl buttons. Our relevant products are all labelled with this information.

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Supply Chain.

Together with its suppliers and producers, MARC O’POLO aims for sustainable cooperation characterized by openness and confidence. 

Worldwide, we cooperate with more than 100 suppliers and their producers. Most of them have been close partners for several years. It is especially important for MARC O’POLO that its products be produced under humane working conditions, and that binding social standards are defined.

That is why MARC O’POLO AG is a member of amfori – Trade with Purpose. For the aim of improving working conditions throughout the global supply chain, we use amfori BSCI.

amfori BSCI principles: 

  • No child labour
  • Special protection for young workers
  • No bonded labour
  • No precarious employment
  • No discrimination
  • Appropriate wages
  • Decent working hours
  • The rights of freedom of association and right to collective bargaining
  • Protection of the environment
  • Ethical business behavior

In order to monitor compliance with the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct, audits are carried out by accredited independent third auditing companies in production facilities (primarily in risky countries).

If you would like to know more about the Code of Conduct or amfori – Trade with Purpose, please refer to our Sustainability Report or to the amfori homepage. MARC O’POLO’s UK Modern Slavery Act Statement can be found here.