TOWARD A SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION SYSTEM

OUR APPROACH

We are convinced that the path to improve our socio-environmental impact must involve all stakeholders of the company, starting with our family of employees, the local community, end consumers, and our network of partners and suppliers. 

Our Strategic Plan for a sustainable development is based on the digital transformation, analysis, and control of data related to these 5 strategic areas: our carbon footprint, waste & packaging management, building an ethical supply chain, social responsibility, building a circular business model.

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ENLIGHT OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

We are commited to lighten our carbon footprint, by increasing the use of renewable energy, implementing a certified environmental management system and promoting sustainable mobility.

Dove siamo oggi:

Energy
Water
Materials
GHGs
Biodiversity
Land use
RENEWABLE ENERGIES

RENEWABLE ENERGIES

At the Italian HQ of MVC Group (offices and warehouses) we only consume electricity from renewable sources. In 2021, the 72% of it was self-produced by our photovoltaic panels and the remaining 28% was sourced from Italian wind farms.By 2025, our goal is to achieve 100% green electricity in all branches of the group.
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SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY

As cycling and outdoor apparel company, we are committed to promote and encourage a sustainable mobility system. The parking areas of the Italian HQ, warehouses and first retail store, are equipped with charging stations both for e-cars and for e-bike.  Starting from 2022, all new vehicles added to the group's fleet will be electric and / or hybrid.
SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

By 2022 we will have implemented the UNI EN ISO 14001 environmental management system, which will allow us to ensure compliance to international laws and regulations, monitor our environmental performance and reduce our waste.
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REDUCE OUR OWN WASTE

Waste is a significant problem throughout the world. MVC Group’s waste consists primarily of paper and cardboard packaging materials, office waste, and fabric waste. To reduce this waste and manage it in a sustainable manner, we focus on three key words: upcycle, recycle, and redesign!

Dove siamo oggi:

Gender inclusion
Quality education
Health & safety
Economic growth
Community resilience
Upcycling

Upcycling

We constantly research and develop solutions to reevaluate the waste we produce, with particular regard to fabric processing waste and warehouse stocks, in order to gradually reduce the volumes of waste we produce. KARPOS RINA BAG is the first capsule collection created with upcycled fabrics and accessories.
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Redesign

In 2021 we have launched studies to rethink our products, starting from the design, not only in terms of the materials used, but with the objective of making them more durable, reusable, easily repairable, and recyclable. In 2022 we will distribute guidelines for the design, purchase, and production of more sustainable packaging and visual merchandising — plastic-free materials, displays that can be reused over the seasons, etc
Redesign
Recycling

Recycling

Beginning with the FW21 collection, 70% of polybags for product packaging are made with 100% recycled plastic. To further optimize consumption, the format in size and weight has been standardized for all brands. Graphics have been reduced in order to reduce the use of ink. It will soon be used for all products of the three brands. Our goal is to implement the use of 100% recycled plastic by 2022 and go plastic free within 2025.  Shopping bags at our retail store in Italy are made with 100% recycled and FSC-certified paper.
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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.

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.



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 transport.

In 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).

Dove siamo oggi:

Gender inclusion
Collaboration with associations
R&D and innovation
Transparency
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.
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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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