We are committed to the fair and clean manufacture of clothing, which means that we advocate reducing the use of chemicals and promote the use of fairly traded organic cotton.
Textile supply chains are often complex: there are numerous processing steps between the raw material and the finished item of clothing. We take a holistic approach to implementing sustainability in the textile supply chain. At various levels, we promote compliance with social and ecological requirements to guarantee the responsible manufacture of textiles.
Guideline on Textiles and Leather
In April 2013, we adopted the Guideline on Textiles and Leather, which regulates the minimum social, ecological and toxicological requirements in both the cultivation of raw textile materials and in their further processing and improves transparency in the supply chain. The Guideline is being implemented in stages until 2020 and will be periodically revised to reflect the latest technology and knowledge.
Voluntary undertaking to reduce chemicals
In our own-label textile brands, we advocate environmentally friendly production and safe and stable working conditions. Since as early as 2012, in our Guideline on Sustainable Sourcing, we have been regulating the use of chemicals that, according to the EU's recognized body (ECHA: European Chemicals Agency) are rated as hazardous. In our Detox Commitment, we go another, major step further: In 2013, we became the first Swiss company to sign a declaration of intent with Greenpeace with the aim of reducing hazardous chemicals in textile production by 2020.
- The Coop guidelines on textiles and leather: Regulate social, environmental and toxicological requirements for farming and processing.
- The Coop negative list of chemicals: Defines the chemicals that must no longer be used after 2020.
- Measurement and publication of environmental data: We arrange for data regarding the biggest textile suppliers to be recorded every year, and these data should be publicly accessible from 2016.
- Regular testing at product level: We have already carried out several test campaigns.
- Continuous internal exchange: Regular discussions in the textiles and leather working group as well as in the chemicals specialist team.
Thanks to our long-standing commitment to Naturaline, we are also the world’s largest provider of organic and fair trade cotton textiles.
Social standards in textile supply chains
We are committed to ensuring compliance with social standards and fair working conditions in supply chains. Over 92 percent of our textile suppliers have now been audited to the amfori BSCI (amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative) standard.
For Naturaline, even more stringent standards apply to the manufacture of and trade in Coop Naturaline textiles and compliance with those standards is rigorously monitored along the whole production chain. In our cooperative partnerships with our partner companies, the focus is on long-term, continuous improvement. All suppliers and sub-contractors must, as a minimum, be amfori BSCI-compliant and attain SA8000 certification in the medium term. SA8000 is a certification based on conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations (UN).
With our Naturaline own label brand, our commitment to fairly produced, organic cotton clothing stretches back over 20 years. Thanks to our longstanding commitment to Naturaline, Coop is the world’s largest supplier of organic and fair trade cotton textiles.
Textile recycling / closing the loop
Our own label brands are designed to last. We are about sustainability, not fast fashion: our focus is on high quality and production standards as well as timeless designs.
To close the loop, we support sustainable solutions for old textiles. The most sensible way to recycle clothing items that are no longer worn by the original buyers is for them to be passed on and remain in use as clothing. In cooperation with Tell-Tex, we are committed to the professional collection and recycling of clothing.