Sustainability

We are determined to be a part of the change the textile and apparel industry is facing.
By changing the methodology of our textile manufacturing process, we are contributing to the reinvention of the sportswear fashion industry. We understand the substantial responsibility in our hands. We are committed and already working towards a more sustainable textile production model that respects both the environment and all the people involved throughout the production and supply chain.

We have come a long way since we designed Nextil Group’s first sustainability strategy. Today we have more visibility and transparency about our social and environmental impacts. We have managed to define tangible goals and objectives to achieve concrete and measurable results. We are determined to keep improving our sustainability performance; therefore, we have a dedicated professional sustainability team who works constantly to implement and certify textile sustainability standards, improve performance and report results.

We have based our sustainability strategy on three main pillars that can drive positive change: People, Product, and Planet.

Planet


We want to operate within planetary boundaries, protect the environment and prevent all forms of pollution. Therefore, we promote the efficient use of water, energy, and chemicals and measure and assess our facilities’ environmental performance, to ensure the sustainable use of resources. We are implementing water and energy efficiency programs and purchasing 100% renewable energy.

In further efforts, to contribute to climate change mitigation, we are measuring and reporting scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions, according to the Corporate Accounting and Sporting Standard of the GHG Protocol, to assess the carbon footprint in all our facilities.

People


We are committed to provide a respectful, safe and healthy workplace to all our employees. We understand a business as a diverse, inclusive and ethical place where everyone works together for the same purpose in a comfortable environment.

All our professional teams have access to the Code of Ethics and Conduct and are aware of all their rights. We are continuously assessing our social performance, and we have set the target to achieve an 80% score in the Higg FSLM index in all our facilities in Portugal, Spain, and the U.S.A.

Promoting transparency amongst our team starts with honest and good governance. For that reason, we are completely open and public with our sustainability performance, which we notify according to the global reporting standards and to the European Union Directive regulatory requirements.
As part of our philosophy, we collaborate with different social causes in our local areas, such as food banks contributions and Covid-19 PPE donations to local hospitals in Portugal.

Product


We are increasing the sustainability of our raw material mix by procuring more sustainable fibres, such as ecological cotton, recycled polyester and man made cellulosic fibers from non-endangered certified forests.

By guaranteeing both supply chain and product’s traceability we ensure the efficient control of our sustainability impacts. We supervise and manage the product’s full production process and lifecycle, allowing us to assume the responsibility of our decisions, activities and products’ impacts. A key part of our strategy is also promoting transparency and fair practices in all our apparel productions.

As part of our strong commitment towards a more sustainable production, we have our patented sustainable dyeing solution: Greendyes TM which involves a natural, innocuous, and organic process. Fabrics are sustainably dyed with 100% traceable natural pigments from mineral and plant sources.

Certifications

Our product and facility certifications guarantee that we comply with certified textile standard requirements, audited by accredited certification bodies and organizations.

Sedex/Smeta
SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) is an ethical audit methodology that uses the ETI Base Code, founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organization, as well as relevant local laws. The four pillars for a SMETA audit are Labor Standards and Health & Safety, environmental and ethical business.

The Facility Social & Labor Module (FSLM) measures overall social labor practices in facilities, tracks management systems, operational controls, oversight, and worker and stakeholder engagement.

The Higg Index is a suite of tools for the standardized measurement of value chain sustainability, developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition to transform businesses for exponential impact.

Integrated Management System

Playvest has an Integrated System Management (IMS) for Quality (ISO9001:2015), Environment (ISO14001:2015), Health and Safety and Corporate Social Responsibility for the development, knitting, finishing and manufacturing of seamless and traditional sportswear garments.

Policies & documents

Sustainability policy
Code of conduct Nextil group
Code of conduct Playvest
Supplier manual
Privacy policy
Anticorruption and bribery policy
Código de boa conduta para a prevenção e combate do assédio no trabalho

Statement of non-financial information


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