Workplace wellbeing: Mammut pays particular attention to work life balance, with numerous benefits for employees: subsidies for public transport, bike to work facilities (programme Bike to Work: racks, showers and changing rooms), sport lessons, a daily bakery service, and subsidised organic canteen, flexible working hours. Mammut also focuses on male/female parity and integration with a number of permanent jobs offered after apprenticeships, a high proportion of internships and the employment of handicapped staff.
Education & information: Awareness raising of Mammut employees on ethical issues through regular company events and activities. Information of customers through the brand’s CSR mission statement and strategic roadmap available on the web.
Supply chain: Mammut is a member of Fair Wear Foundation since October 2008. 100% of suppliers have signed the Mammut code of conduct, based on the Fair Wear Foundation standards and audited by the Fair Wear Foundation. This covers 74% of the apparel product volume, which in turn represents 60% of company activity. The company pursues long term relationships with suppliers and publishes a semestrial Supplier Newsletter. 1/3 of suppliers are located in “low-risk” countries: since 2008, 4 social audits with FWF experts in Turkey and China and 2 verification audits by FWF in China. In 2011, the FWF launched a new tool to assess wage levels at suppliers: Wage Ladders“ from two of our Chinese suppliers. 2 suppliers gained SA8000 certification and 2 more are currently working towards this.
CSR: Mammut supports different humanitarian organisations (Caritas Switzerland, German Red Cross) through the donation of sleeping bags or clothing for a swiss social institution. Implementation of the Kyrgyzstan Mountain Project since April 07: promotion of sustainable mountain sports in the country through rehabilitation of local infrastructure, awareness raising, training of mountain guides.Mammut is a partner of the cooperacion alpinista suiza-peru since 2010 and is providing equipment and know - how.
Support for local communities: Ropes are sourced and manufactured in Switzerland, certain fabrics are also sourced locally (Schoeller). - Mammut headquarters have been located in Lenzburg for 150 years and created long term working places over time (especially over the last 10-15 years).
Transparence & traceability: Mammut publishes the list of its first tier suppliers in the annual social report. As soon as suppliers of further product groups are integrated into the company’s monitoring system, they will also be included in the Social Annual Report.
Environmental site management:Videoconferencing, sorting of office waste, recycling of paper, water flow reducers on taps, light movement sensors, use of FSC paper, awareness raising for employees through regular company events and activities, participation in the swiss “bike to work” day, use of sustainable shop material in Mammut brand shops. The company employs a full time corporate responsibility manager, various other members of staff also devote some of their time to corporate responsibility issues (purchasing manager: 40%, Brand & Business Development: ca. 10%, Management: ca. 10%, as well as staff involved in the various CR programms).
Education & information: Environmental information is available on the company web site and on relevant product hangtags (eco +social labels info, sometimes product care info, care labels sewn into all products).
Supply Chain: Mammut is member of bluesign technologies ag since Jan. 2011. As of January 2012, all of rope production was converted to the Bluesign standard. (=100% of Mammut ropes as well as slings). Mammut increases the portion of fabrics and trims certified “bluesign® approved” (step by step approach). A component (fabric, trim) only obtains the certificate “bluesign® approved” if all suppliers along its production chain are themselves “bluesign® approved”. They must comply to the bSSL and dispose of a well implemented environmental management system. The bluesign Standard Substances List (bSSL) already includes over 700 chemical substances used in the textile industry. For components which are not “bluesign® approved”, Mammut requires at the minimum compliance with national and international environmental laws and regulations (such as REACH) a/o Oeko-Tex100 certification. All bioRe suppliers are SA8000 certified and have an environmental management system according to bioRe requirements. CO2 emissions are compensated 100% by Remei AG.
GHG emissions: CO2 emissions resulting from rope production and the printing of dealer workbooks are compensated with myclimate. This has benefited different environmental projects such as renewable energy installations in Nepal, construction of the Monte Rosa Hut in Switzerland, installation of wind turbines in Turkey, etc.
Environmental commitments: Mammut is a member of the EOG Association for Conservation, and supports different environmental projects through the association. Mammut is partner of RideGreener.The company also supports several clean up operations such as the Everest clean up and the clean up of the Piz Lenin in Kyrgyzstan.
Durability: Mammut offers a lifetime guarantee for clothing. There is an in-house repair service available for all products. This service has a constant feedback to designers, developers and product managers.
Global eco design process: Training is focused on key staff members such as product managers, designers and developers, suppliers, innovation managers with a specific goal of reducing the ecological footprint. Design for recycling principles are being defined and communicated internally. A LCA of a shoe, backpack, rope and jacket are currently being undertaken in the context of the piloting of the Eco Index. OutDoor Industry Award 2011 as well as the ISPO Award 2012 for our transformer rope. The rope is made of pre-consumer waste resulting from yarn which can not be used further due to colour transitions.
Eco design actions: Use of organic cotton for Hoodies & T-shirts (50% of cotton products), Cocona and merino wool. One sleeping bag is made of 90% recycled components. The main material of the backpack models “Nirvana Ride” and “Niva Ride” is also made of recycled yarn.
End of life & recycling: Mammut used to run a product recuperation & recycling programme called the balance project. This was stopped due to insufficient quantities. However, recycling boxes are currently being installed at Mammut headquarters and stores in Switzerland and Germany as a pilot for the collection of old textiles, shoes, harnesses, and sleeping bags. Products are then separated into 4 categories: re-usable / re-affectable / re-cyclable and incineration. Mammut is actively engaged in the EOG sustainability working group its sub-working group on end of life.
Non toxicity: The organic cotton is certified by Biore, all suppliers are Oeko-Tex100 certified. 50% of Mammut fabric suppliers are Bluesign-certified.
Packaging & logistics: Transport and product packaging is at present being analysed. In-bound transportation is almost exclusively by ship, with a clear requirement to avoid air freight, In-bound packaging is entirely recyclable. Internal guidelines for environmental friendly packaging have enabled the optimisation of product packaging for several products.