Proactively taking responsibility for social issues is a part of our corporate identity and culture. We are absolutely convinced that fairness, environmental awareness and social responsibility go hand in hand with our corporate success.
Brand Performance Check 2016
We have been honoured with an award by the Fair Wear Foundation for our commitment to social, safe and fair working conditions for our suppliers worldwide. In the Brand Performance Check 2016 from FWF, we achieved once again leader status, the best possible grade, with 92% of the points to be achieved.
Social Report 2014/2015
Our Social Report gives detailed insights into our sustainability strategy and provides increased transparency. We outline how our products are made and show how we, as a brand, assume social responsibility when working with our suppliers.
Choose an area and learn the goals and actions that we pursue.
At home, here in Germany
100% green energy and photovoltaic systems
In March 2008, we began the process of switching entirely to green electricity for our power supply. Alongside reducing our energy consumption, we are focusing on using renewable energy, which we generate by using photovoltaic systems installed at our sites in Idstein and Neu-Wulmstorf.
- 03/2008 – Start of switchover to green energy
- 07/2012 – All locations in Germany/Austria and Switzerland use exclusively green energy
We promote biodiversity
We have redeveloped our campus and converted an area into a colourful meadow of wild flowers. There are insect hotels, nesting and breeding aids, as well as bird baths in the company grounds.
Together with the “Blühendes Idstein” work group, we have planted the ballast bed on the roundabout in front of the company campus with greenery. Native plants now offer sustenance for bees, bumble bees, butterflies and moths and enrich the city’s image with another colourful habitat.
Furthermore, we set great store in the fact that no herbicides are used on flowerbeds or lawns and only bioorganic fertilizers are used.
- 03/2008 – Greening of large parts of the company campus
- 04/2012 – Installation of insect hotels, nesting and breeding aids and bird baths
- 08/2013 – Greening of the roundabout
Environmentally friendly mobility thanks to rail travel, electric vehicles, pedelecs and company bikes
We act as sustainably as possible with regard to mobility. For our employees, this means that for business trips within Germany and bordering countries, travel should be by rail.Furthermore, we try to avoid air travel wherever it makes sense with the aid of our video conferencing systems.
Other initiatives include:
- Electric vehicles and pedelecs charged with 100% green energy at our own charging station
- Our taxi partner in Idstein uses vehicles running on natural gas at our request
- In 2014, our employees covered just under 4,000 km of their commutes by bike as part of the “Mit dem Rad zur Arbeit” (Go by bike to work) initiative from the AOK health insurer. This saved 400 kg of CO2 and burned over 49,000 calories.
Sustainable shop design
Selecting store furnishings based on sustainability
When furnishing our stores, we are mindful of choosing long-lasting natural materials (such as native woods), as well as using components that are recyclable and less harmful to the environment. Furthermore, we have an energy-saving lighting concept, are mindful of the reusability of elements and completely avoid using PVC (either in flooring or other construction components)
- 02/2012 – Optimisation of store furnishing based on ecological criteria
A comprehensive overview of our environmental initiatives
Our 2011/2012 Environmental Report outlines our many years of commitment to ensuring environmentally responsible operations. It describes in detail what we’ve achieved to date and which goals we’ve set ourselves.
- 07/2012 – Publication of the Jack Wolfskin 2011/2012 Environmental Report
In the wider world
bluesign® system partnership 100% bluesign® by 2020
With the help of the bluesign® system, we are making comprehensive chemical management using the best technology available at all levels of our supply chain a reality
We have been a bluesign® system partner since October 2011. Thanks to the bluesign® system, we can guarantee the sustainable production of textiles. bluesign® eradicates environmentally unfriendly and health-damaging substances from the manufacturing process, right from the start. All stages of the process are fully monitored by an independent auditor in order to guarantee environmentally friendly and safe production, as well as compliance with the strictest consumer protection requirements.
The bluesign® standard stands for
- Safe textiles,
- Environmentally friendly production
- Conscious use of resources
Our goal is to obtain all of our fabrics and 75% of our components (such as buttons, zips, drawcords, etc.) from bluesign®-certified manufacturers from 2020 onwards.
- 10/2011 – Jack Wolfskin becomes a bluesign® system Partner
- 08/2012 – First bluesign®-certified materials in the collection
- 02/2015 – We are able to ensure that 63% of our appointed material manufacturers (fabrics and components) have not used hazardous chemicals, including all preliminary stages. 14% of our material suppliers are currently undergoing the bluesign® screening or implementation phase.
- 02/2016 – Two-thirds of apparel fabrics used in our 2016 summer collection are bluesign® approved and meet the highest standards with regard to an effective use of resources, consumer protection, water and air emissions as well as workplace safety.
MRSL – environmentally friendly production
Ban or limit on using certain chemicals in the production process
MRSL stands for Manufacturing Restricted Substances List and refers to a list of chemicals which should not be used or may only be used in limited quantities as they can be harmful to humans or the environment above a certain concentration.
We have developed a uniform MRSL with the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals group (ZDHC) in order to have the greatest possible influence on our suppliers of fabrics and components, with the full weight of the market power of the companies in the ZDHC behind us.
- 07/2014 – All suppliers are obliged to comply with the MRSL of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals group view Manufacturing Restricted Substances List
GreenBook – guarantees products free from harmful substances
The requirements regarding products free from harmful substances are listed in the GreenBook
Our requirements for hazardous substances have been summarised in the GreenBook since 2007. All manufacturers, irrespective of whether they supply finished items of apparel, materials or components, must comply with these requirements.
The minimum requirements listed in our GreenBook are based on both worldwide legal requirements, such as REACH, as well as the those of the bluesign® standard and the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100.In order to ensure that the requirements are adhered to, we have outlined a comprehensive test programme to be carried out by independent accredited laboratories in Germany.
- 04/2007 – The GreenBook becomes a binding part of business relationships with all suppliers
- 08/2017: Publication of the updated „Green Book 2017“ view here
Oeko-Tex® Standard 100
Our entire underwear collection is certified in accordance with Oeko-Tex® Standard 100
The internationally recognised seal assessing the social and ecological aspects of textiles is only awarded to non-hazardous textiles. We decided to use the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certification for our underwear collection because, as the first layer of clothing, these products come into direct contact with the skin.
- Since 10/2011 – The entire underwear collection is certified in accordance with the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100
Phasing out PFCs – Going the extra mile
The phasing out of fluorine chemicals is a done deal. – We have committed ourselves to having fully achieved this aim by 2020
PFCs (perfluorinated and polyfluorinated compounds) make the outer material of jackets and trousers resistant to water, dirt and oil. The problem is that some chemicals in this group are already known to be toxic (poisonous), persistent (non-degradable) or bioaccumulative (they accumulate in organisms).
As the information available is not conclusive, we would rather err on the side of caution than have to later live with the knowledge that we have damaged people or our planet. We therefore decided in 2012 to eliminate all PFCs from our products by 2020.
In 2009 we had already begun to ban PFOA – a substance that belongs to the PFC group and which was not yet legally regulated but was already regarded critically – from our products.
The switch to PFC-free, water-repellent coatings is in full swing. In order to find straightforward and proven non-critical water-repellent coatings for our products, this topic has become an important issue in our innovation department.
- 01/2009 – Decision to phase out C8 chemicals and ban PFOA
- 09/2012 – Decision to phase out fluorine chemicals
- 02/2013 – Exclusive use of PFC-free waterproof membranes based on polyurethane
- 08/2013 – 50% of Jack Wolfskin’s entire collection is PFC-free read the press release of 12/2013
- 02/2015 – 75% of Jack Wolfskin’s entire collection is PFC-free read the press release of 06/2014
- 02/2016 – 77% of our apparel products for the 2016 summer collection are already PFC-free. This means that we have reached this target two years ahead of schedule.
- 02/2017 – 89 % of our clothing products in the 2017 summer collection is PFC-free.
Transparency and strict controls
The amount of recycled contents in our products is more and more increasing. In order to ensure transparency regarding the origin, all recycled materials are certified according to the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). To guarantee a compliance with thresholds for harmful substances, we are already using bluesign® approved recycled materials for the very most part. It is our goal to exclusively use bluesign® approved recycled materials from 2020 on.
Gaining knowledge and find options for action
Mircoplastic in the oceans is more and more increasing. Mircoplastic, those are merest plastic particles that accumulate in our environment and may harm ecosystems and human beings. Garments are considered to be one of the sources of microplastic due to the regular washing into washing machines where microfibers are washed out each time. We are fully aware about that problem and decided to find answers for the most pressing questions about microfibers and to define specific options for action. We want to find solutions not only for us as company, but also for the entire outdoor industry and within global contexts.
ZDHC – the way to cleaner production
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals is our aim
We were the first company in the industry to have joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) programme in 2012. The aim of this group of globally active clothing companies is to ban all dangerous chemicals from the entire production chain by 2020. This ambitious aim can only be achieved by working together with the industry, supervisory authorities and stakeholders. We’re doing everything we can to achieve this aim.
- 10/2012 – Jack Wolfskin joins the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals programme read the press release of 09/2012
- 08/2014 – Using regular water tests at our suppliers, we make spot checks to see whether systems already implemented have had the desired effect and no toxic chemicals are being emitted. We ensure transparency by publishing the results of the water tests on our website
- At the end of 2016 the ZDHC published a jointly developed and industry-first Wastewater Guideline – with regard to our regular wastewater tests, we are following this guideline in order to achieve zero discharge in the industry together.
Freight transport – Reducing CO2 emissions
Replacing air freight with shipping: Logistical challenge
Our incoming freight accounts for the majority (approx. 73%) of our total CO2 emissions.
As part of the drive to restructure our procurement processes, we changed our entire production and supply cycle and introduced binding ecological criteria for our global freight transport with regard to the means of transport selected and route planning.
The main aims have always been to replace as much air freight as possible with sea freight and to optimise all transport routes, including pre- and post-transport.
Transparency regarding material and component suppliers
More trust thanks to full transparency
We don’t have anything to hide – that’s why we decided in 2014 to publish not only our direct suppliers, but also show the upstream steps transparently on our website.
For clarity, the suppliers have been divided into three categories: pioneers, good suppliers with potential for improvement and suppliers who are still in the early stages. This makes it possible to identify developments and make our bluesign® goals understandable and measurable.
- 07/2014 – Publication of material and component suppliers
Sustainable materials and animal welfare
Animal welfare of ducks and geese – no live feather plucking or foie gras
We use down as a light, comfortable filling material for apparel and sleeping bags. The proportion of down products is relatively low in comparison with our collection as whole.
We have adopted a policy of forbidding the use of feather down taken from live animals and birds farmed for foie gras. Our strict compliance with this requirement is checked by the renowned and independent IDFL (International Down and Feather Testing Laboratory) institute.
From winter 2015 onwards, we are beginning our systematic switchover to the new Responsible Down Standard (RDS) from the Textile Exchange organisation. The strict exclusion of feather down taken from live animals and birds farmed for foie gras is a major concern for us. We are therefore in close contact with animal protection organisations such as Vier Pfoten in Germany (Four Paws) and are actively involved in a multi-stakeholder working group for sustainable down production.
- 08/2013 – Exclusive use of independently certified down
- 08/2015 – Switch to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) recognised by animal protection organisations
Ban on fur
Jack Wolfskin does not use real fur.
We do not consider it morally justifiable to breed animals just for their fur, or to use furs for fashion purposes.
We are a member of the Fur Free Retailer Program, which is coordinated in Germany by the animal welfare organisation Vier Pfoten.
All of our fur trims are made exclusively from high-quality faux fur.
Strict standards for hazardous chemicals for leather and ban on using species threatened due to leather production
Leather is an important primary material for footwear, and we use high-quality leather for our products. When we select leather, we make sure it does not come from protected species and that it is a by-product of the meat industry. In particular, we have defined very strict standards for the use of hazardous chemicals in the tanning process for the leather we use.
- Since 1981 – Jack Wolfskin has never used leather from threatened species
- 06/2008 – Strict standards for hazardous chemicals for leather
Merino wool is a great raw material for the outdoor industry, which can be used for underwear or socks. However, mulesing is not an option for us!
Mulesing is a procedure still used on Merino sheep in many countries and describes the removal of the skin folds on the animal’s buttocks. The procedure is generally done in the first year of the animal’s life and without anaesthetic, making it very painful for them. It is used to prevent flystrike and other diseases in sheep caused by insects that can nest in the sheep’s thick wool. This practice is on the decline now, but is still common in Australia, for example.
Jack Wolfskin wants to distance itself from this practice and uses certification to ensure that all of its Merino wool is obtained without the use of mulesing.
- 12/2010 – No proven use of mulesing for Jack Wolfskin products
Ban on angora wool
Jack Wolfskin does not use angora wool
Angora rabbits are often not treated appropriately. It can also not be ensured that the animals are not subjected to any suffering when the wool is extracted. For this reason we have decided not to use angora wool.
- Since 1981 – Jack Wolfskin has never used angora wool
100% organic cotton
We have been using cotton exclusively from certified organic sources for all products containing cotton and cotton blends since our summer 2013 collection.
The cultivation of organic cotton is subject to high environmental standards. For example, the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides is prohibited, as is the use of genetically modified seeds. This benefits the environment in the region of cultivation, as well as the cotton farmers, who are no longer exposed to hazardous chemicals during their work.
- 02/2010 – Start of changeover from conventional cotton to organic cotton
- 02/2013 – Exclusive use of certified organic cotton
Recycled material only in selected products and stricter controls
We use recycled polyester in some of our products. In order to ensure transparency regarding the origin and compliance with thresholds for harmful substances, we use exclusively bluesign®-certified recycled materials.
Ban on nanotechnology
No nanotechnology in our products
Jack Wolfskin has not used nanotechnologies since its winter 2010 collection. The reason behind this is that there have not yet been any definitive long-term studies into their effects on the human body that could explicitly exclude any possible risks. As a precautionary measure and out of respect for nature, our customers and our employees, we will wait for reliable results from studies before we make any decisions on the use of nanoparticles in our collection.
- 08/2010 – Ban on using nanotechnology in Jack Wolfskin products
We avoid using polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
We continued to reduce all PVC elements in our entire collection (apparel, footwear and equipment) until the end of 2011 and we have stopped using it completely since April 2012, in line with the principles in our GreenBook.
The supposed advantage of PVC – its durability – is also the crucial disadvantage. The material is extremely robust and barely decomposes. If PVC is burned, it creates corrosive, gaseous hydrogen chloride, which forms hydrochloric acid when combined with water or atmospheric humidity.
As PVC can be replaced by more environmentally friendly materials, we have decided to take this opportunity and no longer use any PVC.
- 04/2012 – All Jack Wolfskin products are 100% PVC-free
Long-lasting and safe
Safe kids’ apparel
Safe products – especially for kids – are very important to us
All of our products for kids comply with the German standard (DIN EN 14682) for drawcords and straps on kids’ clothing. In the design phase, we make great efforts to design apparel that is not only comfortable, simple and easy to wear, but which also complies with the highest safety standards. Our designers and technicians therefore ensure that small parts such as buttons or zip sliders cannot come loose and be swallowed and that drawcords are attached in a way that they do not pose a danger of strangulation.
- 03/2005 – Since the first publication of the DIN standard on safety for children’s clothing, our designers and technicians have observed strict compliance with the recommended requirements of the standard
Reflectors – for good visibility
Safety – even in poor light conditions!
Many of our products feature reflective components that provide additional safety for the wearer when used in darkness or poor light conditions.This is not limited to our kids’ products – many of our backpacks, bags, running gear and shoes feature reflectors so that you can be seen better in poor light conditions, whether you are out in the open or in town.
Products in contact with Food
All products which come into contact with food are subjected to comprehensive tests in order to guarantee maximum safety
Products that come into contact with food in particular – such as our vacuum flasks and aluminium bottles, cups and drinks bladders – undergo comprehensive tests before we put them on the market. The safety of our products has top priority.
Make your clothing weatherproof again with our 100% PFC-free, environmentally friendly impregnation service!
The right care renews the functional properties of your weatherproof clothing and makes it last longer. With our professional impregnation service, we offer you optimum care for your TEXAPORE functional apparel. Your items will be washed and impregnated in an environmentally friendly way so that they become fully functional once again and are ready for more great outdoor experiences.
The life cycle of your weatherproof apparel can be significantly prolonged thanks to professional reimpregnation. Help us to be even more sustainable!
- 02/2015 – Jack Wolfskin offers a professional impregnation service in selected stores and via the Website
Don’t replace it, repair it!
With our professional repair service, we can restore products, including patching up small holes to make them waterproof again.
In order to take advantage of the repair service, please bring the faulty product to one of our stores. Our store partners will then send the item to our repair team and you will get your perfectly restored favourite item back.