Woolly Bear is actively working with sustainability issues at all levels of the company. From the management, regulations and guidance on the overall level, down to the individual employees actions in their daily work. Today there are many companies and organizations working with sustainable products in different ways. But neither the companies nor the environmental organizations share a common definition of what a sustainable product constitutes. Just as with our goal to impact the market, the aim of our sustainability efforts are to create a consensus on sustainability and to contribute in various ways to a more sustainable society. This is achieved through greater accountability for, and work to, reduce the environmental impact of operations. We want to help our customers to be able to determine the level of sustainability if a product, and hence influence the market. The foundation of our commitment in sustainability is our management system based on the international ISO 26000. This is reinforced further by means of existing legislation, ISO 14001 and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for environmental management. And to be able to remain the leader in our work with sustainability and pushing the boundaries, our stakeholders are our most valuable resource.
We see that Woolly Bear through a systematic, transparent and consistent sustainability work shows credibility and long-term responsibility towards consumers, employees and the surrounding community. This high level of responsibility can benefit an organization on several levels and Woolly Bear sees that compliance with the following plan of action will contribute to a number of advantages to the business. A few examples:
- lead to more informed decision making based on better understanding of the expectations of society, for the opportunities that socially responsible causes (such as better management of legal risks) and the risks of not being socially responsible;
- improve the organization’s risk management,
- improve the organization’s reputation and achieve a greater level of public confidence,
- support an organization’s eligibility to work in the community,
- contribute to innovations,
- improve the organization’s competitiveness, access to funding and status as preferred partner,
- improve the organization’s relationship with its stakeholders and thereby gain new perspectives on business
- create contacts with many different actors,
- increase employee loyalty, commitment and activity,
- improve the safety and health of employees,
- improve the ability to recruit, motivate and retain our employees,
- reduce costs by increasing productivity and resource efficiency, lower energy and water use,
- reduce waste and increased recycling of valuable resources,
- improve market functioning through responsible political involvement, promotion of fair competition and the absence of corruption,
- preventing and reducing potential conflicts with consumers about products or services.
An organization’s performance in relation to the society it operates in, and in relation to the organization’s impact on the environment, has become an important factor to measure the organization’s overall performance. It is also an important factor in the organization’s ability to maintain its production level. This indicates a growing recognition of our need to ensure the functioning of ecosystems, social equity and good management. In the long run, all organizations’ activities depend on the world’s ecosystems are functioning and that natural resources are used in a sustainable manner. Organisations are also subject to greater control of their various stakeholders which can lead to challenges for some, Woolly Bear focuses instead on using stakeholder inexhaustible knowledge and want to turn their commitment to a part of the company’s development.
A management system is a working method that aims to systematize and streamline an organization’s sustainability work from an overall perspective. This is to guide the work and taking action where it is most needed. The management system consists of the following components:
- Organisation and responsibility specifies responsibility and authority within the company.
- Operations responsibility describes the areas the company works within and tools used in sustainability programs.
- Mapping the value chains reported lifecycle. From bommullsplanta to finished garment and finally recycling. The survey helps the company maintain control and to streamline process flows while it is a prerequisite for its sustainability work.
- Durability Inquiry investigating the entire organization, social and miljömässiga- impact. Sustainability assessment is the basis for the company’s work and development
- Sustainability objectives should specify what needs to be improved through clear, time-specific and measurable goals. They will be updated continuously or at least every three years. For the achievement of sustainability goals requires an action plan that specifies resources, approaches and time frames established. This document is an action plan for how the work should be carried out to achieve sustainability goals.
- Documented procedures for contributing to the achievement of environmental policy and sustainability and to ensure that environmental regulations is complied with, the documented procedures for control exist. It concerns eg guidelines for waste management and guidelines for business travel and meetings.
- Communication specifies how environmental work is communicated internally and externally.
- Training programs are planned to develop the management and personnel of environmental expertise.
- Annual follow-up. Annual follow-up and control of the points 1-5 will be implemented, including in the form of internal environmental audits to work all the time to be developed and improved.
Our management system, has a time frame of four years, 2016-2020, and is revised annually.