Stakeholder Engagement

You can’t change an entire industry alone. It is only through joint efforts that a truly circular economy can be achieved. That’s why our key word is cooperation. We need companies to work together and collaborate in order to share huge quantities of knowledge and open up opportunities. The system can only be changed if the entire industry unites behind certain standards and puts competition slightly to one side. As a member of diverse multi-stakeholder initiatives and organisations, we combine our strengths with other representatives from the textile industry and share experiences, solutions, research results and best practices. This unconditional transparency is a prerequisite for the transformation of the textile industry to a socially and environmentally responsible, circular industry.

Sympathy Lab

We rely on cooperation within the outdoor and textile industry, and since December 2021, we have been leading a visionary, open dialogue with the webinar series Sympathy Lab. In cooperation with various, high-profile partners and change leaders, Sympathy Lab hosts regular industry discussions. It is a platform for instigating change and learning how a circular economy can work for the entire outdoor and textile industry. The aim is to create a shared resource, therefore, Sympathy Lab invites all participants to share relevant information here – only together can a much larger movement occur.
Sympathy Lab

Multi-stakeholder initiatives

The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles is a multi-stakeholder initiative led by the German government with the aim of achieving sustainable social, environmental and economic improvements across the entire textile value chain. The partnership focuses on community projects, shared learning and individual responsibility. Every two years, every member identifies the opportunities and risks within their own business processes with the help of a roadmap and sets out measures to progress towards the partnership’s aim of a sustainable textile value chain. Sympatex has been an active member since 2015.
Find out more on our partnership member profile

The European Outdoor Group, founded in 2003, has developed into a high-profile, dynamic organisation that represents the outdoor sector. It was originally founded by 19 of the world’s largest outdoor companies, who recognised the need for a stringent, cross-border approach to representing the outdoor sector. Sympatex joined the EOG in 2018.

Sympatex has been a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) since 2015. The initiative is made up of over 250 brands and retailers as well as manufacturing companies from the footwear and clothing industry that work together with trade associations, non-profit organisations and academic institutions to reduce the environmental impact of their products worldwide. The aim of the SAC is to develop a universal approach to measuring the sustainability performance of a company.

With the 2011 Higg Index, SAC has developed a tool that measures and evaluates the sustainability performance of companies, products and processes across the entire supply chain and identifies priority areas of action and opportunities. It comprises a total of five modules. Sympatex works with the “Brand and Retail Module (BRM)” and has therefore committed itself to improving the company’s Higg Index annually. Sympatex also uses the product-specific “Materials Sustainability Index (MSI)” for all raw materials. In addition, Sympatex® assists various suppliers that work with the “Facility Environmental Module (FEM)” and/or the “Facility Social and Labor Module (FSLM)” and supports them in developing measures to improve performance.

amfori is a global business association that brings together over 2,400 retailers, importers, brands and associations from more than 40 countries. The aim is to embed ethical, transparent and sustainable practices in business. With the help of two initiatives, the BEPI (Business Environmental Performance Initiative) and the BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative), amfori members can monitor and assess their social and environmental performance, including that of their partners (e.g. suppliers). Participants of this initiative commit to continual improvement, collaboration and empowerment.
Sympatex has been a BSCI member since 2015 and we use the code of conduct as a guide for our business practices. In addition, we guide and support many of our suppliers in their efforts to continually improve working conditions for all employees.

We are one of the “Best for the World” B Corps! The B Corp Movement is a global movement led by companies that actively work towards an environmentally sustainable and socially fair future. It is an internationally recognised label and represents an approach to business that is not based solely on maximising profits but also on a deep commitment to transparency, environmental protection and social responsibility. In 2018, Sympatex was certified as one of the first German B Corp companies. In 2019, 2021 and 2022 we were in the top 5% of all B Corps in the environment category and were recognised as a “Best for the World” B Corp. Find out more

Our suppliers

We are committed to transparency
We believe that a sustainable circular supply chain is not possible without transparency. That’s why we have begun efforts to make our supply chain public. Through social monitoring, our industry will be in a position to quickly identify any “bad eggs”. We aim to build trust by acting honestly and showing our hand in order to achieve real change without wasting time with traceability bureaucracy.

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Choosing suppliers & empowerment
Trusting and cooperative partnerships are essential to a good supply chain and transparent communication – that’s why we visit our suppliers regularly. These visits are a valuable opportunity to strengthen our personal relationships and communicate face to face, not just over the internet.

Performance measurements
The performance of our suppliers with regard to sustainability is checked on a regular basis. To do this, we work with various tools such as Texpert, the Higg Index and the BSCI to identify possible areas for improvement among our suppliers and develop solutions together. We are therefore well prepared for the Supply Chain Act that comes into effect on 1 January 2023 and requires companies to conduct supply chain due diligence.

Personal relationship
Trusting and cooperative partnerships are essential to a good supply chain and transparent communication – that’s why we visit our suppliers regularly. These visits are a valuable opportunity to strengthen our personal relationships and communicate face to face, not just over the internet.

Local production
We source in Europe and Asia. Depending on where our customers are based, we try to produce as much as possible locally to avoid unnecessary transportation.