Natural Capital Accounting
- Natural Capital Accounting
- Eco-Lighthouse is Norway’s most widely used certification scheme for enterprises seeking to document their environmental efforts and demonstrate social responsibility.
- Recycled Content
Product description by Bergans of Norway
Lightweight pants specially designed for ski touring and mountaineering in a very flexible softshell fabric with high breathability. Carefully designed functionality and details including pocket for transmitter/receiver and good freedom of movement. Can be tightened around the waist and has belt loops for use with or without a belt. Brekketind is the perfect design for active mountaineers. The reinforced areas at the bottom of the pant leg counteract wear and tear and provide protection when wearing crampons. The adjustable leg width allowing for a wide range of footwear makes these pants a firm favorite among mountain guides.
Wind and water-repellent 4-way stretch material that is quick-drying and has high breathability. Product contains bluesign® approved fabrics.
Through open pockets.
Front pockets and back pocket (men) in mesh for optimum breathability and ventilation. The front pockets are diagonal to prevent interference with movement. Transmitter/receiver (avalanche beacon) compatible thigh pocket. Small loop inside the pocket to retain a transmitter/receiver.
Belt loops. Internal suspender loops. Velcro-adjustable waist (extra width for optimum ventilation in high activity). Articulated knee sections. Button holes for attaching optional elastic on the inside leg.
Bergans recently conducted a Natural Capital Accounting Study and these pants were part of it. This is one scientifically approved method to get guidance and an idea on the real ecological footprint of material choices and processes. It also gives guidance on the areas for improvement on the ecological performance.
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GRV Transparency ToolBrekketind Pants
- 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)
- 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.
- These timeless pants are made from 95% Polyester and 5% Elastan.
- The fabric contains 74% recycled polyester and according to the Natural Capital Accounting Study that Bergans conducted recently, the emissions (especially CO2) is 65 % lower compared to a comparable pants with conventional Polyester.
- All fabrics are bluesign® certified, which guarantees a comprehensive chemical management.
- Sufficient social standards follow the guidelines of BSCI and ILO.
- Bergans has a good transparency into its supply chain, with personal visits and quality control.
- Equipped with PFC chemistry (C6). Bergans plans to fade out PFC’s but only with an alternative chemistry, which guarantees the same performance to keep the fabric dry.
- Brand Management
- Brand Commitment
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.
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).less
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.less
Reduced design, clear guidelines and innovative quality oriented material choices.
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.less
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.
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.less
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 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.less
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.less
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.less
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 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.less
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 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.less
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 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.less
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 raw materials such as recycled and plant based synthetic materials (like Ecodear) that significantly reduce the environmental footprint of products
- 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.less
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 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.less
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.
Design & Material
With 95% Polyester, of which 74% are recycled and 5% Elastane, these pants are durable and designed for a long life.
These pants contain 74% recycled content. Thanks to the 95% polyester they could be recycled chemically.
Bergans nominates all fabrics and has a direct business contact to fabric suppliers (tier two) where they source all fabrics, which will be delivered to the manufacturing (tier one).
Manufacturing & Certificates
Manufactured in Myanmar, Bergans checks the factory on a frequent basis (Tier One). All fabrics are bluesign® certified, which guarantees a comprehensive chemical management (Tier Two).
Chemical Management (PFC’s)
Face fabric has a C6 PFC chemistry, which is regarded as a hazardous substance. The decision to use this chemistry was made to guarantee the technical performance. Bergans has the goal to fade out PFC chemistry by 2020.less
Thanks to the results of the natural capital accounting Bergans decided to source another recycled raw material, which saved 65% of the CO2 emissions versus the old virgin material. Bergans also strives to reduce their CO2 emissions. These pants are shipped per boat to the central distribution hub in Europe (Hamburg, Germany).less
Social & Environmental Responsibility
Bergans is visiting their factories on a regular basis to make sure, production goes according to their environmental and social guidelines.
This product contains no animal product and is therefore vegan.
Two years on the manufacturing, five years on the materials. Bergans has a sophisticated repair program.
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.