- "Tradition meets Innovation" -

Bergans of Norway

  • Achievments:
  • bluesign® System Partner

    • 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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  • EOCA

  • Expedition 2020

  • Great Repairability

GRV Statement

Bergans is a family owned business with a strong Scandinavian mindset: reduced design, clear guidelines and innovative quality oriented material choices. The last five years, they have successfully focussed their sustainability achievements according to a roadmap called “Expedition 2020”. They continue to push forward their aspirations and are formulating a roadmap for “Expedition 2030”.

They show a strong commitment to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions wherever possible, like pioneering product transportation from Asia by train to Europe.

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

 

2019

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.
  • 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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  • Integration of Sustainability

    Bergans has designated staff for environmental and social issues. They have added a team member who is also part of the top management. Annual sustainability ...more

    Bergans has designated staff for environmental and social issues. They have added a team member who is also part of the top management. Annual sustainability training for all Bergans staff ensures knowledge and empowerment for colleagues, suppliers and customers to take sustainable actions.

    Since 2018 one CSR team member is especially looking after environmental and social issues along the supply chain.

    All staff is participating 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, Guidelines and Standards

    Bergans is a bluesign® system partner, which ensures chemical management, as well as the management of material resources and safe working conditions. Almost 75% of all ...more

    Bergans is a bluesign® system partner, which ensures chemical management, as well as the management of material resources and safe working conditions. Almost 75% of all products are made of bluesign® approved materials, even though they are not labelled especially (see Resource Management/label reduction policy).

    An internal Bergans team is visiting all tier one (Manufacturing) and some of the tier two (Material suppliers) partners regularly to ensure Quality Management.

    Social Management for the whole supply chain is covered by a partnership with the ITH (Ethical Trade Initiative) in Scandinavia.

    Bergans is Eco-lighthouse (Miljöfyrtårn) certified to continuously improve their own environmental performance. The already have renewable energy for all administrative buildings and wear houses in Norway and Germany, and in their shops in Norway and in Hamburg/GER.

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  • Design Process

    Reduced design, clear guidelines and innovative quality oriented material choices. Strong focus on design to repair, which means, that all pieces are especially designed to ...more

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

    Strong focus on design to repair, which means, that all pieces are especially designed to last a long time through wear and tear.

    They have conducted workshops with all members of the product design department to implement this philosophy.

    They are investigating into rental and leasing especially of the kids collections.

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  • Sourcing Strategy

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

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  • Material Program & Testing

    They are using the brand and retail module of the Higg Index since 2016 to measure environmental and social impact,  gradually including their suppliers. Bergans is ...more

    They are using the brand and retail module of the Higg Index since 2016 to measure environmental and social impact,  gradually including their suppliers.

    Bergans is using the comprehensive Material Restriced Substance List (MRSL) of bluesign® Technoligies (BSSL), which is updated regularly.

    Bergans runs a small own laboratory for garments and other material, finished products are tested with their extensive team. Feedbacks are directly linked to R&D.

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  • Resource Management

    Bergans leads the EOG project to reduce Single Use Plastics in the Outdoor Industry. By choosing more and more recycled and renewable raw materials (such ...more

    Bergans leads the EOG project to reduce Single Use Plastics in the Outdoor Industry.

    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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  • Product Transport

    Bergans is pioneering a new way of „low greenhouse gas emission“ product transportation between Asia and Europe, by transporting part of their products (the whole ...more

    Bergans is pioneering a new way of „low greenhouse gas emission“ product transportation between Asia and Europe, by transporting part of their products (the whole Stranda Collection) from China to Germany by train.

    As for all other products, Bergans ships as much as possible by boat and minimise air-freight always trying 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.

     

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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. One of their staff members lives part time in Nepal and volunteering at grass root level.

    During the refugee crisis in Europe, they have given work to refugees to integrate them in the Norwegian society.

    Bergans partners with EOCA to stop the loss of biodiversity.

    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. Since a long time, Bergans doesn’t print a catalogue anymore, but uses an ...more

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

    No single use plastics for catering.

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

    All (sales-)meetings are held in certified hotels. If possible, car sharing is encouraged to all meetings. They are constantly looking to find the best solution for transportation, like hybrid cars for the sales staff and some electronic cars for shorter travel distances.

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

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  • Repair & End of Use

    Bergans aims to maximise product lifespan by „design for repair“ and through guidance on product care (See also Design Process). They have an effective repair ...more

    Bergans aims to maximise product lifespan by „design for repair“ and through guidance on product care (See also Design Process). They have an effective repair service.

    By the means of a „Repair and Re-Design bus“, they tour Norway from shop to shop to make new things out of old products, which have reached their end of life and therefor make the materials live longer. All other garments, retuned to Bergans by the consumer and not suitable for sale are sent to their partner Human Bridge for reuse or recycling.

    They are also working on the possibility to recycle backpacks and have 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 in 2016. Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) is ...more

    To learn more about the environmental impact, Bergans assessed their more sustainable choices of materials by Natural Capital Accounting in 2016. 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.

    „We use an internal definition for “more sustainable” products, containing more sustainable raw materials mentioned above.

    The share of these vary for different product groups since challenges are different for different kind of materials, but we have had progress over the past 5 years and are coming closer our goal of 70 % more sustainable products until the year 2020.

    Additionally we strive to produce more and more products containing bluesign approved material and have almost reached our goal of 75 % of all products.“ Christoph Centmayer, CSR Bergans

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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.

    „We do not have a definition for a socially responsible product since we try to guarantee our social guidelines and general rules with ALL our manufacturers and suppliers, which means that this should apply to all our products.“ Christoph Centmayer, CSR Bergans

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  • Stakeholder Dialoge

    Bergans tries to communicate more openly on what they have done, where they stand and what they still have to work with – in contrast to ...more

    Bergans tries to communicate more openly on what they have done, where they stand and what they still have to work with – in contrast to before when they rather avoided to communicate in fear of being criticised. Additionally they communicate more directly with end consumers now, and are committed to do their part for helping them to use the products in a more sustainable way with suitable services for increasing product lifetime. They are also part of different industry-wide and cross-industry collaboration projects, for example the ongoing research on micro fiber.

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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.

  • Integration of the Economy of common goods into business

    Bergans has had a bigger focus on Circular Economy in the past two years and trying to develop products and services that fits into a ...more

    Bergans has had a bigger focus on Circular Economy in the past two years and trying to develop products and services that fits into a circular business model, thus taking responsibility in shifting the way we all do business and so adapt to a more sustainable way of doing it. For their new sustainability strategy, which they are working with right now, they also try to integrate their commitment for bringing more people out into nature, whilst increasing the awareness of protecting it. Both approaches are also covered within the Sustainable Development Goals, especially in goals no. 3 (good health) and 12 (Responsible Consumption).

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  • Engagement in Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives

    Bergans is part of the Ethical Trade Initiative Norway (ETI Norway) which sets a framework and social guidelines for our supply chain. They also have ...more

    Bergans is part of the Ethical Trade Initiative Norway (ETI Norway) which sets a framework and social guidelines for our supply chain. They also have to report each year to ETI on how and from where they source and what they do to improve ethical trading within their supply chain.

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  • Expected Progress in the next three years

    Bergans has to finalise and then implement their new sustainability strategy “Expedition 2030” which sets out the direction for the coming 10 years, including more and more ...more

    Bergans has to finalise and then implement their new sustainability strategy “Expedition 2030” which sets out the direction for the coming 10 years, including more and more specified goals for different business areas. This document will provide them with targets and the direction for their business for the coming years.

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  • 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.