Sustainability – what we do at Outnorth for a better future
As Scandinavia's leading outdoor supplier, we have a responsibility to conduct our business as sustainably as possible. Our goal is to inspire more people to spend time outdoors, and therefore we must do our part to ensure that this will be possible for everyone in the future as well. Here you can find Outnorth's first sustainability report. Like all companies, we have many challenges to face, but we take sustainability issues very seriously, and will work hard and long-term to be a role model in the industry. The report tells you what we have achieved so far and what our goals are.
In our sustainability work, we cooperate with several partners. In the area of chemicals, we benefit greatly from our membership in the Chemicals Group coordinated by the Swedish research institute RISE. Not only do we strive to train our suppliers in European chemicals legislation and monitor compliance with it, but we have also taken initiatives of our own, for example, to reduce highly fluorinated substances (contained in impregnations and ski wax) and biocides, which are contained in antibacterial coatings, for example.
In the fight for environmental protection and against global warming, we have set long-term goals to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and become completely climate neutral in the long term. We support the Paris Agreement and in particular pursue the goals that are affected by our own business activities. The climate goal is perhaps the most important of them. But we also see microplastics in the oceans, working conditions of our subcontractors, chemicals and sustainable consumption as very important issues for our company.
For social issues, we significantly benefit from our membership in amfori BSCI by auditing our subcontractors according to the joint code of conduct and helping factories to improve working conditions for their employees.
Through our Urberg brand, we are also a member of 1%ForthePlanet and every year we donate substantial funds to environmental organizations. For example, we have supported the WWF and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. We are also associated with the “Fur Free Alliance” and require our suppliers to ensure that merino wool is Mulesing-free.
We try to encourage more people to spend time outdoors, and we are proud to support organizations such as the Swedish Outdoor Association, the Swedish Tourist Board and the Adventure Academy.
If you want to learn more about our sustainability work, you can download our sustainability report here.
Outnorth is a BSCI member and we only work with factories inspected using BSCI standards. You can find a list of those factories Outnorth uses when we produce our own products here.
Outnorth produce a fair amount of leather shoes for our brand Urberg. All of these shoe factories are checked according to the BSCI-standards. The tanneries these shoe factories buy their leather from are all listed here.
1% for the Planet
One of our own brands, Urberg, is a member of "One Percent for the Planet", an international organization where members devote at least one percent of their annual turnover to environmental issues. The mission is “to build, support and activate an alliance of companies that are financially committed to creating a healthy planet.” In 2019, through Urberg, we have donated 1% of our total turnover to the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and the WWF. It is important for us to protect our beautiful nature so that we can enjoy it for generations to come.
Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
In 1909 Sweden's largest, oldest and most important environmental organization was founded – the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. Today it has become evident that its hundred-year history and work has led to results in many of its most important areas of activity: Climate, the sea, forests, agriculture and environmental toxins. For example, it has saved the peregrine falcon from extinction, and hundreds of unique forests from being cut down. In 2019, Urberg and Outnorth voted on which organization we should give money to for the planet through the 1% initiative, and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation came out on top.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is one of the largest international private environmental and nature conservation organizations. It implements projects to save endangered species and forests, to protect the oceans and to address many other environmental issues worldwide. In order to achieve its goals, it works both at the political level and in the field, and in close cooperation with other organizations as well as the local population living near endangered areas. WWF is present in over 100 countries and, given its considerable activities around the world, we have decided to contribute part of our total turnover to it through 1% for the Planet.