Supply Chain

Transparency and responsibility

The quality of a product is the result of the synergy of multiple factors: attention to the safety and health of the user, respect for human and workers’ rights, respect for and protection of the environment and animals. One of MVC Group’s key objectives as a responsible business is to help build more sustainable and inclusive supply chains, through long-term relationships based on trust and authenticity .

Vendors and suppliers involved in the manufacturing of Castelli, Sportful and Karpos products are divided into four macro-categories:

  • Raw materials
  • CMT factories - Cut, Make, Trim hybrid manufacturing with all materials handled by MVC Group -
  • FPP manufacturers - Full Production Package with contract manufacturer sourcing all materials -
  • Service providers.

ESG & QUALITY ASSURANCE

The manufacturing and packaging process for each product is constantly monitored by a team of specialized technicians who verify alignment with the required standards through a rigorous methodology and constant field checks. With regard to service providers, we prefer geographic proximity to our offices in order to create opportunities in the local community, benefit from logistical advantages, and reduce the environmental impact of transportIn 2021, we implemented a sustainability module in our PLM (product Lifecycle management system) with the aim to improve our data based approach on the Suppliers and Materials Choices, based on sustainability attributes. The digitalization of all data will allow us to define a clear action plan and setting SMART targets.

Within H1 2022, we’ll complete procedures for ISO 9001 - the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS).

Each supplier, in order to enter the MVC network, must declare its compliance with the MVC Group Code of Ethics -a confirmation of compliance to the highest standards of business ethics and the law - and, at the time of supplying any product, its compliance with the EU REACH standards.

Raw Materials

Raw Materials

Vendors’ and suppliers’ scouting who adopted the highest certification standards for their fabrics, represents one of our pillars. In 2021, we counted on a network of 104 suppliers of raw materials - including fabrics and accessories like ribbons, zippers, buttons etc.. - from Italy, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Hungary, Nederland and Japan. Vendors’ and suppliers’ scouting who adopted the highest certification standards for their fabrics, represents one of our pillars. At the moment, 44% of the 619 fabrics and ribbons used for our collections are certified with one or more of following certifications: STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® , bluesign® ,Global Recycled Standard (GRS).


As for the treated fabrics used for our water-resistant products, they represent the best solutions available on the market (C6) and, for some collections (fi. Sportful Fiandre) , we even choosed PFC- Free (C0) solutions. Our goal is to improve the quantity of PFC-Free DWR solutions while maintain excellent hydrophobic properties of our clothes.

Manufacturing

In 2021 we included environmental and social certifications availability in the criteria for supplier evaluation and selection.

>At the moment, 10% of our suppliers is certified with one or more environmental or social certifications and within 2022 we’ll set SMART goals to increase this rate.

ISO 14001: the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS).

ISO 5001: is a voluntary standard for designing, implementing and maintaining an energy management system

ISO 9001: is the international standard for a quality management system (“QMS”). The standard is designed to help companies focus on customer and regulatory requirements, focused on continuous improvement.

SA8000: is an auditable certification standard that encourages organizations to develop, maintain, and apply socially acceptable practices in the workplace.

Manufacturing

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