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Bergans of Norway

GRV Statement

Bergans is a family owned business with a strong Scandinavian mindset: reduced design, clear guidelines and innovative quality oriented material choices. They have formulated a roadmap to sustainability called “Expedition 2020” and published their aspirations on their website to be held accountable for their promises.

Recently Bergans has conducted a Natural Capital Accounting Study, which gives scenically verified insight into product footprint, so they can act according to their findings and improve the product portfolio.

Overall this is a very good way to handle all the complex issues of sustainability effectively.

An outstanding example is their use of the “Ecodear®” fabric in some products which is partially made from plant based Polyester and which shows innovation in resource management.

Brand Statement

“Bergans lives to let people experience the outdoors. Today and in the future. To ensure that the outdoors we have today will be there for the next generation to enjoy, Bergans is committed to step up efforts, by inspiring actions in our own operations and beyond. The primary goal of the expedition is that by 2020 Bergans will be even more sustainable and be a leading actor in the industry. Expedition 2020 is the name of the sustainability journey Bergans has now embarked on.”

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  • Certified by:
    • IEH Ethical Trading Initiative Norway
    • IEH is a resource centre and an advocate for ethical trade practices. Our objective is cooperation on trade which promotes human rights, workers’ rights, development and environmental standards. IEH – Ethical Trading Initiative Norway is multi-stakeholder initiative, represented by NGOs, Trade Unions, Businesses and the Enterprise Federation of Norway. IEH’s aim is to strengthen its members’ efforts to promote decent working and environmental conditions in their supply chains, and to strengthen support for ethical trade in general. We are a member organisation for companies, organisations and public enterprises. Our members range from some of Norway’s largest companies to sole proprietorships, public bodies and organisations. The majority of our members are small- and medium-sized enterprises.
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    • Miljøfyrtårn
    • Eco-Lighthouse is Norway’s most widely used certification scheme for enterprises seeking to document their environmental efforts and demonstrate social responsibility.
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    • Responsible Down Standard
    • The Responsible Down Standard is an independent, voluntary global standard, which means that companies can choose to certify their products to the RDS, even if there is no legislation requiring them to do so. The RDS was developed over three years in close corporation with animal welfare organizations, industry experts, down suppliers, brands and retailers. The standard recognizes the best practices in animal welfare, and excludes those that violate the animal’s well being; live-plucking and force-feeding are strictly prohibited. The RDS is the most widely used animal welfare standard for down and feathers in the outdoor industry and continues to grow in home and bedding products.
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    • bluesign® System Partner
    • The bluesign® system - Managing Inputs. Responsible Actions. The bluesign® system reduces the environmental impact concerning the entire textile supply chain. With its holistic approach the Input Stream Management provides an efficient solution for chemical suppliers, textile and accessories manufacturer as well as fashion brands. Stating the principles and monitoring the implementation of the bluesign® system, bluesign technologies ag encourages the textile industry to increase their efforts in sustainable processes.
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GRV Transparency ToolBergans of Norway

 

2017

Management
Commitment
Products

Brand Management

  • Bergans is privately owned and has a code of conduct, which was formulated with the «Ethical Trading Initiative Norway»
  • bluesign® system partner, Eco Lighthouse certified for headquarters
  • Strategic reduction of CO2e (climate gas emissions), good repair service with local end of use options
  • Bergans invests in social and environmental projects: EOCA, Mountain People, i Care, DNT (Den Norske Touristforening)

Brand Commitment

  • Focus on long-term cooperation and dialog in the supply chain, a strong production control system and a support system to assist suppliers in fulfilling the principles in their Code of Conduct.
  • A recent Natural Capital Accounting study enables Bergans to measure the ecological impact related to product manufacturing.
  • Environmental reporting according to «Ethical Trading Initiative Norway».
  • Part of the SME program for the «design development module» and other modules of the Higg Index.

Products

  • Use of bluesign® approved fabric.
  • Use of innovative materials such as Ecodear®, which is plant based Polyester.
  • 100% Responsible Down Standard, implementation of the Responsible Wool Standard.
  • Fading out of PFC’s by 2020 collection.
  • Brand Management
  • Brand Commitment
  • Products

Brand Management for us at GRV means to look at all the issues, which are directly controlled and integrated by the Brand’s Management towards business and supply chain strategy as a whole.

With Brand Commitment GRV is looking at the pro-active efforts towards sustainable development on all levels like the % of sustainable product lines within the whole portfolio, or life cycle assessments and public reporting. These are key indicators of the engagement of a Brand towards responsibility.

On this level GRV is looking at product related information, like material content, supply chain and certification. Warranty, reparability and „end of use“ advice are also important aspects. At the moment, GRV is looking at selected highlight products from different product lines, which show the special sustainable efforts of the brand. Here is the overview of the products we looked at, if you want to know the details, go to the specific products.

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  • EHS/CSR Staff

    Bergans has designated staff for environmental and social issues. Their defined goal in Expedition 2020, is an annual sustainability training for all Bergans staff, as they ...more

    Bergans has designated staff for environmental and social issues. Their defined goal in Expedition 2020, is an annual sustainability training for all Bergans staff, as they believe, that knowledge is key to empower colleagues, suppliers and customers to take sustainable actions.

    All staff has participated in a program called “Live the product” besides that Bergans gives the opportunity to educate all staff members to be certified DNT Tourguides.

    The Sustainability Training for all staff was concentrated on all employees in Norway and Germany, the next step will be to educate the Staff in all Bergans stores (Outlets, Brandstores).

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  • Certificates

    Bergans is a partner of the bluesign® system, which ensures chemical management, as well as management of natural resources and safe working conditions. Bergans is ...more

    Bergans is a partner of the bluesign® system, which ensures chemical management, as well as management of natural resources and safe working conditions.

    Bergans is Eco-lighthouse (Miljöfyrtårn) certified to continuously improve their own environmental performance. The already have renewable energy for all buildings in Germany and Norway, the next step will be their own stores.

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  • Design Process

    Reduced design, clear guidelines and innovative quality oriented material choices.

  • Emission Management

    In 2016 Bergans has conducted a Natural Capital Accounting in order to understand the environmental impact of their product portfolio better. Bergans goal for Expedition 2020: Verified ...more

    In 2016 Bergans has conducted a Natural Capital Accounting in order to understand the environmental impact of their product portfolio better.

    Bergans goal for Expedition 2020: Verified environmental footprint for Bergans’ products and operations.

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  • Sourcing Philosophy (Tier One- Manufacturers)

    Bergans Code of Conduct guides all sustainability work with manufacturers. Through dedicated projects, like improving social dialogue in factories, they aim to drive measureable improvements. ...more

    Bergans Code of Conduct guides all sustainability work with manufacturers. Through dedicated projects, like improving social dialogue in factories, they aim to drive measureable improvements.

    Bergans is part of two pilot projects with the IEH in China, which focus on Workers Engagement. Bergans is also testing the Higg Index with some selected manufacturers.

    Bergans’ goal for expedition 2020: five supplier projects a year.

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  • Environmental & Social Projects

    Bergans works with DNT (Norwegian Tourist Organization) and other organizations to enable people to share the experience of being outdoors. Education and health are cornerstones ...more

    Bergans works with DNT (Norwegian Tourist Organization) and other organizations to enable people to share the experience of being outdoors. Education and health are cornerstones for building healthy societies.

    Bergans supports Mountain People’s work to build schools and offer basic heath services in Nepal

    and iCare’s work towards Vision 2020 – to eliminate preventable and treatable blindness. Bergans is dedicated to help to stop loss of biodiversity and partner with EOCA . They also support a project called WILD  which aims at documenting some of the most amazing environments on the planet to inspire more people to engage in conservation.

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  • Event Management

    One event booth will be used for at least eight fairs (Ispo & OutDoor). Since a long time, Bergans doesn’t print a catalogue anymore, ...more

    One event booth will be used for at least eight fairs (Ispo & OutDoor). Since a long time, Bergans doesn’t print a catalogue anymore, but uses an electronic work-book.

    Bergans has „green workplace“ initiatives in place for internal events at Head quarters.

    All meetings are held in certified hotels. If possible, car sharing is encouraged to all meetings.

    Reporting in activities at the headquarters is ensured according to Eco Lighthouse.

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  • Product Transport

    Bergans ships as much as possible by boat and minimize air-freight to reduce climate gas emissions. The verified reduction in climate gas emissions is a ...more

    Bergans ships as much as possible by boat and minimize air-freight to reduce climate gas emissions. The verified reduction in climate gas emissions is a strategic issue. Bergans’ goal for expedition 2020: Less than 2% air shipment.

    This is still work in progress.

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  • Packaging & Labeling

    By choosing more and more recycled and renewable raw materials (such as plastic bags made of oyster shells!) for all packaging and making sure to ...more

    By choosing more and more recycled and renewable raw materials (such as plastic bags made of oyster shells!) for all packaging and making sure to recycle it after use, Bergans reduces impacts from logistics. Bergans just launched a Packaging RSL, which all suppliers have to sign.

    Bergans’ goal for expedition 2020: All packaging materials from sustainable sources.

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  • Repair & End of Use

    Bergans aims to maximize product lifespan through guidance on product care and offering repair service. All garments not suitable for sale are sent to their ...more

    Bergans aims to maximize product lifespan through guidance on product care and offering repair service. All garments not suitable for sale are sent to their partner Human Bridge for reuse or recycling.

    Besides that you can take back any Bergans garment, they are also working on the possibility to recycle backpacks and has a first take back system in place (Flagship store in Oslo). For other countries, please ask the local dealer.

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  • Natural Capital Accounting (NCA)

    To learn more about the environmental impact, Bergans assessed their more sustainable choices of materials by Natural Capital Accounting. Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) is a ...more

    To learn more about the environmental impact, Bergans assessed their more sustainable

    choices of materials by Natural Capital Accounting. Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) is a method to calculate environmental benefits in monetary value. It converts the use of the natural resources (of materials, during production, distribution, use and end of life) into a value, which reflects the societal cost of the environmental impacts of the product. NCA helps to find out the most efficient ways of minimizing the ecological footprint of a product, and providing clear guidelines for product design and the use of materials.

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  • Reporting

    Environmental reporting according to «Ethical Trading Initiative Norway».

  • Share of “environmentally friendlier” products

    Bergans works on four key areas to reduce their environmental impact with products: bluesign® approved fabrics, Fading out PFC’s for waterproofing Using more sustainable ...more

    Bergans works on four key areas to reduce their environmental impact with products:

    1. bluesign® approved fabrics,
    2. Fading out PFC’s for waterproofing
    3. Using more sustainable raw materials such as recycled and plant based synthetic materials (like Ecodear) that significantly reduce the environmental footprint of products
    4. Using the RDS (Responsible Down Standard) and the RWS (Responsible Wool Standard) for animal welfare.

     

    The goal to use more the 75% bluesign® approved fabrics:

    The actual % varies from one product category to another. Summer season 2017: The insulated and down products being a leader with 92%, followed by Softshells with 74 %, Fleece with 35 %, Shirts & T-Shirts with 8 % and Shell only 7 % bluesign® approved fabric.

    The goal to be PFC free:

    All new Softshells for the coming summer season will be equipped with PCF free water repellants. The first PFC free products are already on the market: Some Outershells of the mountaineering collection Slingsby and one Hardshell from the Cecilie Skog Collection.

    The goal to use 70% “more sustainable” raw materials:

    The actual % varies from one product category to another for summer 2017: Shirts & T-Shirts 71 %, Softshell 18% and Fleece 13 %, Shell only 4 %.

    RDS (Responsible Down Standard)

    100 % RDS certified down in 2016.
The Responsible Down Standard enables third party verification of the whole down supply chain.

    RWS (Responsible Wool Standard)

    Bergans works on the implementation and are planning to have the first products in FW 18/19 in the stores.

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  • Share of “socially responsible” products

    100% of the products come from manufacturers, which are audited by Bergans staff and need to comply with very stringent criteria. Working conditions, payment and health ...more

    100% of the products come from manufacturers, which are audited by Bergans staff and need to comply with very stringent criteria. Working conditions, payment and health and safety ensure a minimum standard and every manufacturer needs to sign the code of conduct.

    Bergans has long-term relationships to most of the manufacturers (Tier One).

    Suppliers (Tier Two) also need to sign the Code of Conduct and an RSL (Restricted Substance List). Bergans takes part in the HIGG SME pilot project.

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  • Innovation

    Bergans invests into innovative fabrics like Ecodear®, which is a plant based Polyester made from sugar molasses and therefore not competing with the human food supply.

  • Intro

    GRV has looked at Bergans since 4 seasons for the Scandinavian lifestyle Magazine NORR, where Bergans is a green partner. Now Bergans has become a GRV ...more

    GRV has looked at Bergans since 4 seasons for the Scandinavian lifestyle Magazine NORR, where Bergans is a green partner. Now Bergans has become a GRV partner and we will start out by featuring the product, recently published in NORR Magazine.

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  • Featured Products

    Brekketind Pants

    Eidfjord Jacket

    Helium 55

Ole Ferdinand Bergan founded Bergans 1908 in Oslo/Norway. The brand employs ca 150 people worldwide with a turnover of ca 85 Mio €. It is best know for skiing, hiking and mountaineering.