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Uniquely designed corporate wear, made with respect for humanity and the environment. We are committed to a fair production of sustainable clothing. We take steps to lower our environmental impact and we are a dedicated employer. We achieve this through maintaining close relationships with our customers, suppliers, and value chain partners.

Social conditions

FAIR
HEALTHY
SAFE
ETHICAL

Sustainable products

CIRCULAR PRODUCTS
INNOVATION
ORGANIC
ANIMAL WELFARE
CHEMICALS

Environmental impact

TRANSPORT
PACKAGING
SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATION

Social participation

VITALITY
SUSTAINABLE EMPLOYABILITY
INVOLVEMENT

Social conditions

Social conditions

fair – healthy – safe – ethical

Our production network consists of some 40 factories in nine countries, most of which we have been working with for over five years. These long-standing working relationships improve mutual understanding and, consequently, ensure healthy working conditions.

Our corporate wear should be manufactured under fair conditions: human rights have to be respected and a healthy and safe working environment needs to be created. This applies to the entire value chain. We expect our suppliers to uphold our requirements, including fair wages, a statutory maximum of working hours, prohibition of child labour, workplace safety, abolishment of forced labour, and so on. Annual audits at factories help to ensure our requirements are being met.

  • Since 2014, we have been a member of the Amfori BSCI platform (Business Social Compliance Initiative). Previously, from 2007, we were a member of Fair Wear Foundation.
  • We have implemented BSCI’s Code of Conduct, which includes requirements for fair working conditions.
  • In 2014, we signed the Accord on Building and Fire Safety Bangladesh, and on 23 April, 2018 we signed the supplementary Accord.
  • On 14 November, 2016, we signed the Convenant Duurzame Kleding en Textiel (Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile).
more in our procurement policy

We expect integrity and fair conduct from our own staff, in addition to the requirements we impose on factories and our partners within the value chain.

  • Our code of conduct for ethical business management includes, for example, anti-corruption, fair competition, and fair pricing.

Sustainable product

Sustainable product

CIRCULAR – INNOVATION – ORGANIC – ANIMAL WELFARE – CHEMICALS

We supply corporate wear with a unique look, made from responsible materials. We try to find circular solutions and use sustainable and animal-friendly materials. Harmful chemicals have been banned from the production process.

1. CIRCULAR PRODUCTS

At the moment, we primarily use raw materials that are new, including wool, cotton, and polyester. In order to close the gap in the textile product life-cycle, and to sustain the value of materials and to reduce pressure on natural resources, we investigate circular solutions.

  • During the design stage, we encourage awareness of fabric structure and garment deconstruction opportunities, as these will enhance the recyclability of garments once they are worn out.
  • In collaboration with Dutch Awareness, we explore techniques to apply used corporate wear and workwear as raw materials.
  • ETP Think Tank is a project in which we, together with our value chain partners, investigate circular solutions.
read more in our report 2017

2. INNOVATION

Creating more value while simultaneously reducing raw materials, is a real challenge. We can achieve this using innovative materials and solutions.

  • ETP is a partner of REMO (The Recycle Movement), a collaboration aiming to boost the use of, for example, recycled raw materials.
  • We offer fabrics made out of recycled PET plastic bottles.
  • We use recyclable fabrics and trimmings.
  • Little worn or unworn workwear finds a new purpose through our digital app.

3. ORGANIC

ETP provides sustainable concepts for customers that want to reduce their environmental impact. We research and test organically produced fabrics.

  • We offer, for example, corporate clothing made from ecologically bleached organic cotton, as well as organically printed hang tags from recycled paper.
  • We use packaging of biodegradable plastic (poly) bags for our corporate wear.
  • Cotton bought through the Better Cotton Initiative is a possibility.

4. ANIMAL WELFARE

We only use animal materials obtained from animals that are treated properly. Wool forms a significant part of our collections.

  • We work with fabric manufacturers who only use wool obtained through non-mulesing procedures.
  • The use of fur, down, and angora wool is prohibited in accordance with our policy.
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5. CHEMICALS

Fabrics for our corporate wear may be bleached, dyed, and finished at any time during the production process. The use of chemicals is set to strict rules, ensuring the factory workers’ health, as well as minimizing the environmental impact locally.

  • We apply a list of high-risk chemicals (the so-called RSL, Restricted Substances List) for production partners.
  • We review the RSL annually. In addition, an independent party tests our clothing periodically for compliance with our RSL standard.
more in our procurement policy

Environmental impact

Environmental impact

TRANSPORT – PACKAGING – SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATION

The packaging and transport of our corporate wear impact the environment. Likewise, our office and daily operations contribute to CO2 emissions. We aim to reduce our environmental footprint.

TRANSPORT
ETP reduces the environmental impact of its transport from production countries to the Netherlands, as well as its transport from warehouses to customers. We focus on efficiency and a reduction of transfers, including orders made through our webshop.

  • Transport from manufacturing countries takes place predominately by boat, which is less environmentally damaging than transport by aircraft or truck.
  • Each cargo entering Europe by container, must hold a free of gas declaration.
  • We combine transport of hanging and folded garments, which reduces the number of transfers from our distribution centre to our customers.
  • We encourage periodical ordering sequences for our customers’ staff, so as to cluster the transport of packages. This halved our traffic since 2017, as compared to the previous year.
read more in our report 2017

PACKAGING

Package materials from manufacturing countries to the Netherlands usually consist of recycled plastics and cardboard. Customer deliveries, including webshop orders, are packaged with the utmost efficiency and eco-consciousness.

  • ETP only uses FSC certified paper and packaging products.
  • We explore ways to reduce the environmental impact of our packaging; for instance, we investigate optimum sizes for our cardboard boxes, which will enhance efficient transport.
  • We collect packaging materials separately for recycling purposes.

SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATION

Our organization reduces its CO2 emissions through energy consumption and mobility.

  • Our head office uses 100 % green electricity, provided by wind and solar sources.
  • Half of our company cars and vans are electric or hybrid.
  • We plan our business trips with the utmost efficiency.
read more in our report 2017

Social participation

Social participation

VITALITY – SUSTAINABLE EMPLOYABILITY – INVOLVEMENT

ETP is a dedicated employer, concerned for its staff’s vitality. In addition, we welcome people whose job opportunities are not wholly ideal.

We invigorate our staff’s health, we provide training opportunities, and we offer coaching for personal development.

  • We offer opportunities for personal lifestyle advice, free public transport for commuter traffic, flexible working hours for new mothers and fathers, and coaching consultations.
  • We offer training programmes, both for individuals and groups, and career coaching. ETP is a recognized training company, offering certified courses for its staff.
read more in our report 2017

We welcome the exceptionally talented, and we offer apprenticeships for people whose prospects on the job market are not ideal.

  • One of our co-workers is coached by Biga Groep, an organization that helps people find suitable jobs. If possible, we will enlist additional Biga Groep coachees for project-based contracts.
  • We support a number of programmes, both locally and abroad, that try to find new purposes for our corporate wear. We donate clothing, for example, to Heart for Gambia and to LINDA.foundation.
read more in our report 2017