- "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: minimalist design, clear guidelines and innovative quality-oriented material choices. Over the last five years, they have successfully focussed their sustainability achievements according to a roadmap called “Expedition 2020”. They continue to push forward with their aspirations and are already formulating a future roadmap called “Expedition 2030”.

They focus on the circular economy with the “Long live the product” project and show a strong commitment to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions wherever possible, by pioneering product transportation from Asia to Europe by train.

 

Brand Statement

“Sustainability is strongly integrated into our business model. Our vision is to “lead and inspire towards a sustainable future”.

“Responsible” is one of our core values, and we are committed to be socially and environmentally responsible throughout our entire value chain.

At Bergans we are passionate about nature and the outdoors. We want to inspire people to explore the outdoors and enable them to enjoy the wonders of nature.

Our business depends on nature and the changing seasons and we depend on natural resources to make our products, and we develop products intended to be used in the outdoors – in all seasons. So, we work hard to protect the planet and ensure the future of the seasons, for today and for future nature-loving generations.

Bergans has a product life cycle approach to sustainability.

We need to be responsible in everything we do – throughout the total lifespan of our products; from design, material choices, production and transport to prolonging the life by offering rental, repair, reuse, redesign, and recycling. “

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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

 

2020

Management
Commitment
Products

Brand Management

  • Bergans is privately and family owned and has a code of conduct, which was formulated with the “Ethical Trade Norway”
  • bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER and Eco Lighthouse certified for headquarters
  • Strategic reduction of CO2e (climate gas emissions), good repair service with local end of use and rental options
  • Bergans invests in social and environmental projects: EOCA, Mountain People, i Care, DNT (Den Norske Touristforening), Friluftsfrämjandet, WWF

Brand Commitment

  • Focus on long-term cooperation and dialogue 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 Trade Norway”
  • Bergans is reporting to and contributing to further development of the Higg Index

Products

  • Use of bluesign® APPROVED fabrics
  • Limited use of PFCs (C6) only for the highly functional waterproof range
  • Use of recycled polyester, polyamid, wool, down and cotton
  • 100% Responsible Down Standard (RDS), implementation of the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS)
  • Use of innovative materials such as Ecodear®, which is a plant-based polyester
  • Investment into a highly innovative material and business model: developing a backpack with Spinnova material (woodfiber) where the consumer buys a share of the project, rather then just the backpack
  • Brand Management
  • Brand Commitment
  • Products

GRV takes a holistic approach to Brand Management. We take into consideration all pertinent topics and issues, which are in direct control of the brand. GRV analyses how the brand utilizes their management in business and in their supply chain.

When determining ‘Brand Commitment’, GRV looks at the pro-active efforts a brand is making towards sustainability.  For example, the percentage of sustainable product lines within the entire portfolio, or the life cycle assessments and public reporting.  We look for 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 who are part of the top management. The Sustainability Team is part of the brand department, ...more

    Bergans has designated staff for environmental and social issues who are part of the top management. The Sustainability Team is part of the brand department, collaborating with the product and quality teams as well as the customer service department (Repair shop)

    Annual sustainability training for all Bergans staff ensures knowledge and empowerment for colleagues, suppliers and customers to take more sustainable action in their daily lives.

    Since 2018 one CSR team member has been specifically charged with looking after environmental and social issues along the supply chain.

    Bergans offers all staff members the opportunity to be educated and certified as DNT Tourguides.

    All current employees have graduated.

    All staff members have gone through internal sustainability training, including all Bergans stores (Outlets, Brandstores).

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  • Certification, 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 specifically (see Resource Management/label reduction policy).

    An internal Bergans team visits all tier one (Manufacturing) partners 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 withEthical Trade Norway ITH (Ethical Trade Initiative) in Scandinavia.

    Bergans is Eco-lighthouse certified to continuously improve its own environmental performance. They already have renewable energy running in all administrative buildings and warehouses in Norway and Germany, and in their shops in Norway and in Hamburg, Germany.

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  • Design Process

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

    Minimalist design, clear guidelines and innovative quality-oriented material choices. Strong focus on design to repair, which means that all pieces are specifically designed to last a long time through wear and tear.

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

    Bergans is already running a rental booth in its own shops and via partners in Norway (DNT), and a subscription model commercially, to be up-scaled in the future.

    The subscription model includes clothing for children, mainly winter outfits for daily use at daycare, and also pants and jackets for summer for bigger kids. At the moment the project runs out of rental shops, but Bergans is planning to take it online in the future to scale up the operation.

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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 measurable 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 measurable improvements.

    Bergans is part of a pilot project with “Ethical Trade Norway” in China, which focuses on Workers Engagement.

    They use Quizrr in China as a tool for social dialogue and to educate their workers and they have their own office in Hong Kong to facilitate direct contact with all tier one and tier two suppliers.

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  • Material Program & Testing

    Since 2016, Bergans has used the brand and retail module of the Higg Index to measure environmental and social impact, and they’ve gradually incorporated their ...more

    Since 2016, Bergans has used the brand and retail module of the Higg Index to measure environmental and social impact, and they’ve gradually incorporated their suppliers into the process.

    Bergans uses the comprehensive Restricted Substance List (RSL) of BLUESIGN Technologies (BSSL), which is updated regularly.

    Bergans runs its own small laboratory for garments and other materials, and finished products are tested by their extensive team. Feedback is directly linked to research and development.

    Future Labs

    Bergans invests intensively into finding more sustainable solutions. Currently they are engaged in a groundbreaking long-term product development collaboration with Spinnova: The Collection of Tomorrow which represents a possible solution in closing the gap that exists in a product’s life cycle – between recycling and new material – making a natural resource fully circular.

    Spinnova represents a disruptive, ecological innovation that turns cellulose and waste streams into textile fibre simply, without using any harmful chemicals. To Bergans knowledge Spinnova develops the most sustainable fibre in the world.

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  • Resource Management with a focus on Packaging

    Bergans have updated the packaging on many of their products and switched from plastic to carton for baselayers. Packaging has been optimised to reduce volume ...more

    Bergans have updated the packaging on many of their products and switched from plastic to carton for baselayers. Packaging has been optimised to reduce volume and they are implementing recycled content for all product polybags, 100% post industrial, pre-consumer LDPE.

    The new baselayer collection will come into their own shops without any POS packaging.

    The Packaging RSL, which is based on the bluesign RSL, is reviewed and updated every year.

    Bergans is part of the EOG project to reduce Single Use Plastics in the Outdoor Industry. The EOG is developing an industry recycling stream, though it is presently on standby because of the global Covid-19 crisis.

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  • Product Transportation

    Bergans is pioneering a new “low greenhouse gas emission” method of product transportation between Asia and Europe. They will transport some lines including the whole ...more

    Bergans is pioneering a new “low greenhouse gas emission” method of product transportation between Asia and Europe. They will transport some lines including the whole Stranda Collection from China to Germany by train. As for all other products default is always shipment by boat, while any airfreight is only used necessary due to delays. Bergans is part of STICA  and working on mapping scope 1 to 3 emissions for setting reduction targets.

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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 and nature-loving societies.

    Bergans supports Mountain People’s work to build schools and offer basic health services in Nepal. One of their staff members lives part time in Nepal 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 help stop the loss of biodiversity.

    They also support a project called WILD , which aims to document some of the most amazing environments on the planet to inspire more people to engage in conservation.

    Partnership with WWF for Save the Seasons.

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  • Event Management

    One event booth will be used for at least eight trade fairs. Bergans hasn’t printed a catalogue for a long time, instead they produce ...more

    One event booth will be used for at least eight trade fairs. Bergans hasn’t printed a catalogue for a long time, instead they produce an electronic workbook. No single plastics are used in catering.

    Bergans has “green workplace“ initiatives in place for internal events at headquarters.

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

    Accurate reporting of activities at the head office is ensured by Eco Lighthouse

    Several electric cars are part of the company’s carpool, including the repair car (“Sybil”)

    The office is moving to a more central location to Asker (near Oslo), placed next to one of the country’s biggest railway stations, with possibilities for events, meetings, etc.

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  • Repair & End of Use

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

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

    Using a “Repair and Re-Design bus”, they tour Norway from shop to shop making new things out of old products, which have reached their end of life and to make the materials live longer. All other garments, returned 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 of recycling backpacks and have a first take back system in place at the flagship store in Oslo and in other countries, depending on the local dealers.

    Bergans has been running a countrywide take back program (pantepose) and are offering second-hand sales in their own shops.

    They are touring with their sewing car (Sybil) to dealers and festivals in Norway and Germany for promoting product repair.

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  • Natural Capital Accounting (NCA)

    To learn more about their 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 their environmental impact, Bergans assessed their more sustainable choices of materials by Natural Capital Accounting in 2016. Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) is a method of calculating 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 find out the most efficient ways of minimizing the ecological footprint of a product, and provides clear guidelines for product design and the use of materials.

    “Long live the product” focuses on repair, rental, reuse, and redesign. Bergans didn’t conduct a new study, but the results from their 2016 report continue to form the base for their current strategy on a product’s lifetime, as it’s clear that extending the lifetime is the biggest positive impact you can make on a product’s footprint.

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  • Reporting

    Environmental reporting according to « Ethical Trade Norway », the website as well as the reporting tool has been re-launched recently. A direct link to Bergans reporting ...more

    Environmental reporting according to « Ethical Trade Norway », the website as well as the reporting tool has been re-launched recently. A direct link to Bergans reporting will be online later this summer, when it is published.

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  • Share of “environmentally friendlier” products

    Bergans is working on four key areas to reduce the environmental impact with products: bluesign® APPROVED fabrics Phasing in PFAS-free water repellence on shell and ...more

    Bergans is working on four key areas to reduce the environmental impact with products:

    1. bluesign® APPROVED fabrics
    2. Phasing in PFAS-free water repellence on shell and soft shell garments
    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.

    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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  • Definition and share of products, which are more socially responsible

    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 with 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 focus on the circular economy and consumer-oriented services, like repair, rental, reuse and redesign (Long live the product). The strategy has changed from being ...more

    Bergans focus on the circular economy and consumer-oriented services, like repair, rental, reuse and redesign (Long live the product).

    The strategy has changed from being production-orientated to instead focusing on consumer use. The strategy has changed from being production oriented to more use and consumer oriented.

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  • Innovation

    Bergans runs its own laboratory for garments and other materials and finished products are tested with their extensive team. Feedback is directly linked to Research &...more

    Bergans runs its own laboratory for garments and other materials and finished products are tested with their extensive team. Feedback is directly linked to Research & Development.

    Bergans invests intensively in finding more sustainable solutions. Currently they are engaged in a groundbreaking long-term product development collaboration with Spinnova: The Collection of Tomorrow which represents a possible solution in closing the gap which exist in a product’s life cycle – between recycling and new material – making a natural resource fully circular.

    Spinnova represents a disruptive, ecological innovation that turns cellulose and waste streams into textile fibre simply, without using any harmful chemicals. To Bergans knowledge Spinnova has developed the most sustainable fiber in the world.

    Bergans Future Labs

     

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  • Integration of common welfare

    Bergans has had a bigger focus on the Circular Economy in the past two years and they have been trying to develop products and services ...more

    Bergans has had a bigger focus on the Circular Economy in the past two years and they have been trying to develop products and services that fit into a circular business model, thus taking responsibility for shifting the way we all do business and adapt to more sustainable means of production. For their new sustainability strategy, which they are working on right now, they are also trying to integrate their commitment for bringing more people out into nature, whilst increasing 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).

    In their new strategy Expedition 2030 they have especially pointed out the SDGs:
    14 + 15 for products (Life below water + life on land)
    8 + 13 for value chain (decent work/economic growth + climate action)
    12 + 17 for consumer /circular economy (sustainable consumption + partnership)
    3 + 17 for outdoor and partnerships (Health and partnership)

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  • Engagement in Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives

    Bergans is part of Ethical Trade Norway, which sets a framework and social guidelines for their supply chain. They also have to report each year ...more

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

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  • Progress

    When we, GRV, ask about progress, we ask the brands specifically about topics on which they would like to work on during the next year.  ...more

    When we, GRV, ask about progress, we ask the brands specifically about topics on which they would like to work on during the next year.

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

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  • Intro

    GRV presents Bergans Highlights to give the customer, media and retailers a practical insight into product design and all environmental and social aspects with the example of key products.

  • Featured Products

    Brekketind Pants

    Eidfjord Jacket

    Helium 55

    Fløyen Long Sleeve

    Fløyen Jacket (coming soon)

    Nordmarka Jacket (coming soon)

    Spinnova Backpack (coming soon)

     

Ole Ferdinand Bergan founded Bergans in 1908 Oslo, Norway. The brand employs around 200 people worldwide. It is best known as a brand for skiers, hikers and mountaineers.