Sustainability

Xandres is investing in a better future, where quality and sustainability go hand in hand. We are developing a six-pillar plan to make our entire production process as sustainable as possible, from yarn and fabrics to the garment in your wardrobe, and long after.

Sustainability

Xandres is investing in a better future, where quality and sustainability go hand in hand. We are developing a six-pillar plan to make our entire production process as sustainable as possible, from yarn and fabrics to the garment in your wardrobe, and long after.

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MATERIALS

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MATERIALS

GOAL

We work with sustainable materials that are safe for the people & the planet

GOAL

We work with sustainable materials that are safe for the people & the planet

What we do now

WE SOURCE FROM A LIMITED NUMBER OF SUPPLIERS

When it comes to directly sourced materials, we consciously buy our fabrics and materials from a limited number of suppliers in a limited number of countries, such as Italy, Bulgaria, China, Portugal and Japan. In this way, we try to retain control of the chain.

OUR PARTNERS SIGN OUR CODE OF CONDUCT

80% of our partners signed our Code of Conduct to guarantee good working conditions. The full Code of Conduct is available via this link and takes into account specific principles for socially responsible supply chains like ‘no forced labour’, ‘no child labour’, ‘no discrimination’, ‘wages are paid’ and ‘safe and hygienic working conditions’.

WE INVEST IN LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS

In our aim to work with reliable partners, we not only want to focus on auditing and certification, but we also believe in strong long-term relationships. Those relationships enable us to work together respectfully, start conversations and look for a more sustainable way of working together. In volume (meters of fabric bought), our > 5-year fabric suppliers represent more than 90%:

WE CHOOSE QUALITY AND BAN HARMFUL CHEMICALS

We choose quality and ban harmful chemicals by requesting and checking technical data sheets and Oeko-Tex certificates for our raw materials.

WE HAVE AN ANIMAL WELFARE POLICY IN PLACE

As defined in our Supplier Framework, we have an animal welfare policy in place which forbids the use of fur, Angora or hides/leathers from exotic animals.

What we do now

WE SOURCE FROM A LIMITED NUMBER OF SUPPLIERS

When it comes to directly sourced materials, we consciously buy our fabrics and materials from a limited number of suppliers in a limited number of countries, such as Italy, Bulgaria, China, Portugal and Japan. In this way, we try to retain control of the chain.

OUR PARTNERS SIGN OUR CODE OF CONDUCT

80% of our partners signed our Code of Conduct to guarantee good working conditions. The full Code of Conduct is available via this link and takes into account specific principles for socially responsible supply chains like ‘no forced labour’, ‘no child labour’, ‘no discrimination’, ‘wages are paid’ and ‘safe and hygienic working conditions’.

WE INVEST IN LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS

In our aim to work with reliable partners, we not only want to focus on auditing and certification, but we also believe in strong long-term relationships. Those relationships enable us to work together respectfully, start conversations and look for a more sustainable way of working together. In volume (meters of fabric bought), our > 5-year fabric suppliers represent more than 90%:

WE CHOOSE QUALITY AND BAN HARMFUL CHEMICALS

We choose quality and ban harmful chemicals by requesting and checking technical data sheets and Oeko-Tex certificates for our raw materials.

WE HAVE AN ANIMAL WELFARE POLICY IN PLACE

As defined in our Supplier Framework, we have an animal welfare policy in place which forbids the use of fur, Angora or hides/leathers from exotic animals.

 

QUALITY HAS ALWAYS BEEN KEY TO US. IT IS AT THE HEART OF OUR COMPANY AND PROCUREMENT PROCESS. EACH FABRIC WE SELECT HAS TO LIVE UP TO OUR STANDARDS. WE HAVE AN EXPERIENCED TEAM TO MAKE SURE THE RIGHT QUALITY LEVELS ARE MET. IN THE FUTURE, WE WANT TO MAKE THIS MORE MEASURABLE, ENABLING US TO REPORT ON IT CLEARLY AS WELL.

- Katrien Kennis, Sourcing, Buying and Production Director

 

 

 

QUALITY HAS ALWAYS BEEN KEY TO US. IT IS AT THE HEART OF OUR COMPANY AND PROCUREMENT PROCESS. EACH FABRIC WE SELECT HAS TO LIVE UP TO OUR STANDARDS. WE HAVE AN EXPERIENCED TEAM TO MAKE SURE THE RIGHT QUALITY LEVELS ARE MET. IN THE FUTURE, WE WANT TO MAKE THIS MORE MEASURABLE, ENABLING US TO REPORT ON IT CLEARLY AS WELL.

- Katrien Kennis, Sourcing, Buying and Production Director

 

 

What we'll do

in the future

We aim to increase the number of ‘audited factories’ and will simultaneously continue investing in long-term relationships and define clear targets to rise our > 5 years suppliers.

We set targets to increase the number of partners with Oeko-Tex certification to guarantee safe materials and no harmful chemicals.

By 2023, 100% of our suppliers must have signed our Code of Conduct.

We aim to increase the use of sustainable materials year by year as defined in our Material Matrix.

What we'll do

in the future

We aim to increase the number of ‘audited factories’ and will simultaneously continue investing in long-term relationships and define clear targets to rise our > 5 years suppliers.

We set targets to increase the number of partners with Oeko-Tex certification to guarantee safe materials and no harmful chemicals.

By 2023, 100% of our suppliers must have signed our Code of Conduct.

We aim to increase the use of sustainable materials year by year as defined in our Material Matrix.

DISCOVER OUR FRAMEWORK

FOR RESPONSIBLE SOURCING

We have developed a framework for responsible sourcing to push things further. With this framework, we want to increase the use of ‘sustainable materials’. The framework provides a clear definition of what these sustainable materials are, accounting for social & environmental aspects, and product & supplier level. We also want to increase the number of ‘audited factories’. We track the number of factories audited by a certification body, and we track audits on social compliance and eco-friendliness of the production sites. Our preferred suppliers are either long term relationships located in Europe which we visit regularly, or new suppliers or suppliers in the Far East, for which we prefer to work with certification systems instead.

 

→ FRAMEWORK FOR RESPONSIBLE SOURCING     → MATERIAL MATRIX

DISCOVER OUR FRAMEWORK FOR RESPONSIBLE SOURCING

We have developed a framework for responsible sourcing to push things further.

With this framework, we want to increase the use of ‘sustainable materials’. The framework provides a clear definition of what these sustainable materials are, accounting for social & environmental aspects, and product & supplier level.

We also want to increase the number of ‘audited factories’. We track the number of factories audited by a certification body, and we track audits on social compliance and eco-friendliness of the production sites. Our preferred suppliers are either long term relationships located in Europe which we visit regularly, or new suppliers or suppliers in the Far East, for which we prefer to work with certification systems instead.

 

→ FRAMEWORK FOR RESPONSIBLE SOURCING

→ MATERIAL MATRIX

Want more numbers and details?

Read the full Xandres Sustainability Report

 

SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2021

Want more numbers and details?

Read the full Xandres Sustainability Report

 

SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2021