Sustainability

We are determined to be a part of the change the textile and apparel industry is facing.
By changing the methodology used in our textile manufacturing process, we are contributing to the reinvention of the luxury fashion industry. We understand the huge responsibility we have taken on. 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 work 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. We also measure and assess the environmental performance of our facilities, to ensure the sustainable use of resources in order to meet the needs of future generations. We are implementing water and energy efficiency programmes and, since 2020, 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 across all our facilities.

People


We are committed to providing a respectful, safe and healthy workplace for all our employees. We understand a business as a diverse, inclusive and ethical place where everyone works together towards the same goals 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 good governance and honesty. For that reason, we are completely open and public with our sustainability performance, which we report 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 bank 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 sustainable cotton, recycled polyester and manmade cellulosic fibres from non-endangered certified forests. By guaranteeing both supply chain and product traceability, we ensure the due diligence of the impacts of our activity. We supervise and manage the product’s full production process and lifecycle, allowing us to assume responsibility for our decisions, activities and product impacts.

A key part of our strategy is also promoting transparency and fair practice across all our apparel productions. We rigorously ensure the health and environmental safety of our products, as well as compliance with all regulatory requirements, guaranteeing total safety for the people who manufacture and wear our garments.

Certifications

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

Sedex/Smeta
SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) is an ethical audit method 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 Labour Standards and Health & Safety, environmental and ethical business.

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® One of the world’s best-known and most widely used labels for textiles reliably tested for harmful substances. This standard also certifies that products are manufactured without harmful substances and are therefore harmless for human health.

GRS – GLOBAL RECYCLE STANDARD 4.0 International, voluntary, and comprehensive product standard that sets the requirements for third-party certification of recycled inputs, chain of custody, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions.

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

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

Integrated Management System

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

ISO 9001 is the most widely used management systems standard globally, being the international reference for Quality Management Systems Certification. According to the organization’s quality policy, the intended results of a quality management system include: continuous improvement of its performance; compliance with mandatory requirements; achievement of quality objectives.

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ISO 14001 is an international standard that specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that an organization can use to improve its environmental performance. According to the environmental policy of the organization, the intended results of an environmental management system include: improvement of environmental performance; fulfilment of the compliance obligations; achievement of environmental objectives.

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Policies & documents

SUSTAINABILITY POLICY
CODE OF CONDUCT NEXTIL GROUP
CODE OF CONDUCT PLAYVEST
SUPPLIER MANUAL
PRIVACY POLICY
ANTICORRUPTION AND BRIBERY POLICY
CODE OF GOOD CONDUCT FOR THE PREVENTION AND FIGHT OF HARASSMENT AT WORK
CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT POLICY
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION AND DISPOSAL POLICY
TRACEABILITY POLICY

STATEMENT OF NON-FINANCIAL INFORMATION


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