Sustainability Report

Foreword

As a result of many events over the past twelve months, we have decided to prepare our
sustainability reports on corporate activities on an inter-year basis in future. A key event in our efforts to achieve climate neutrality, resource conservation and social standards during the reporting period was our participation in the BMZ‘s „Green Button“ initiative. teamdress was one of the first clothing manufacturers in the workwear and PPE sector to be certified accordingly.

The further improvement of work processes in production promotes the durability of our products through optimised quality, ensures reduced consumption of resources and also makes work easier for our employees while maintaining good output. In addition, we joined the Fairtrade initiative to make our contribution to better cultivation and living conditions in the production of raw materials.

Grüner Knopf Fairtrade
Solaranlage

By installing a powerful solar energy system at our Polish site, we have taken another important step towards climate neutrality in energy management.

It goes without saying that we also were and are severely affected by the Covid 19 crisis. However, our production strategy, which is geared to the European region, and our fundamentally forward-looking planning in the area of procurement and logistics enabled us to guarantee delivery reliability to the greatest extent possible and to keep our production plants busy. Owing to the commitment of all employees of the teamdress Group, these advances and successes could be realised. Despite the currently adverse economic conditions, we look to the future with confidence and will adhere to
our ecological and social goals.

Unterschrift

COMPANY

Since 1920, teamdress has been a reliable clothing manufacturer in the German, Benelux and British markets with a focus on textile service and laundry supply. The complete product development process is carried out in-house. Great experience and distinctive consulting competence enable the realisation of individual projects together with our customers. For this we pursue various certifications and commitments:


  • ISO 9001:2015
  • Cat. 3 PPE certification
  • STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®
  • Member of the Fairwear Foundation
  • Member of the Alliance for Sustainable Textiles
  • Fair Trade Seal
  • Meta-Seal of the Green Button

Siegel

The entire production of the teamdress group is currently carried out exclusively at locations in Europe or its border region. Partly in our own factories in Poland, Ukraine and Moldova, partly via contract manufacturing in Moldova, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Albania.

Our development, planning and production is carried out according to the following guidelines:

  • Conservation of resources
  • Highest demands on quality and therefore strict focus on durability
  • Optimisation of production according to
  • „mini/max“ figures
    • Order-related production.
    • No trend or fast fashion, thus no overproduction and no product disposal.
    • Continuous production; standard items are produced as stock items when the order
  • situation is lower.
  • Sustainable management in the production plants, both ecologically and in the working environment of the employees

This approach is not only geared to ecological goals, but also pursues a high level of customer satisfaction. Very low complaint rates and long durability of our products successfully ensure both goals.


Product policy

As presented in the last sustainability report the guiding principle of durability of teamdress products continue to be fully valid, implying resource conservation. The focus and the achievement of our ecological goals continue to build on the merging of high quality, durability and wearing comfort.
The high quality requirements for all stages of product development are continuously implemented and documented in our corresponding quality management. Since 1993 this has been certified by DEKRA in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001.


In addition to using fabrics with a high polyester content as well as long-lasting raw materials and ingredients, our workwear is always designed to make repairs easy. For all collections, repair materials can be obtained from us by our customers. The reduction in the need for new purchases ensures correspondingly sustained reductions in production emissions and saves resources.
Regular training and detailed discussions with our suppliers ensure that sources of error in development, raw material procurement and production can be identified in good time, thus further reducing product risks.

Zertifikat

Use of raw materials

Wassertrinker

For its new EcoRover collection teamdress has been using recycled polyester from used PET bottles since 2020. Thus, for example, a waistband jacket is made from the equivalent of 30 shredded PET bottles. teamdress is currently in the process of extending the application of recycled polyester to other fabrics and products.


Furthermore teamdress has planned the use of organic cotton. However, the following problems arose during the implementation:
- Not all raw materials labelled as organic cotton meet the requirements for sustainable cultivation. Random samples in our quality assurance revealed contamination by genetically manipulated seeds. This in advance requires very close coordination with our suppliers.
- The quality of the organic raw material is not always sufficient for our requirements.
- The worldwide demand for organic cotton massively exceeds the existing supply. Consequently, reliable purchase is very difficult.

As long as suppliers do not present an offer which is adapted to our requirements across the entire quality spectrum of organic cotton, the use of organic cotton will remain under scrutiny or new supply channels will be investigated. In any case, the use of organic cotton is aimed at in order to avoid pesticide contaminated soils, which are subsequently no longer suitable for the cultivation of food.

In general, very high quality standards are set for all raw materials. In addition to the processing and design described, this is the only way to achieve the aforementioned durability of the products, as our products are generally exposed to very high levels of stress.


Duty of care

Disposal

For all textiles the problem of environmentally sound disposal at the end of the product life cycle applies. In any case, we have an agreement with our customers that no workwear that has been worn out may end up in the natural cycle, i.e. in the sea or in the soil. Especially textiles with synthetic fibre content are difficult to recycle. Time and energy expenditure hardly justifies this procedure.
In the case of thermal recycling, it should be noted that an incineration temperature of well over 900°C must be reached so that certain pollutants, such as aromatic hydrocarbons, are not produced. The filtration of fine dust emissions must also be taken into account.

With regard to recycling, the Dutch member of the teamdress group, De Berkel B.V., based in Varsseveld / NL, maintains the agreement with the Radboud hospital to take back used workwear, which then is reprocessed and converted into felt rolls.

Employees

We are fully aware of our social responsibility and pay attention to fair and safe working conditions along the entire production chain. In our own production plants in other European countries, we have been ensuring for years that neither child labour is incurred, nor is there any restriction on the education of and participation in employee representation. Furthermore, we have established trusted representatives who act as contact persons in case of any problems. To date, no cases of discrimination or harassment have been reported to us. We require the same from our contract manufacturers and check this continuously.

Without exception, we pay wages at least amounting to the legal minimum wage in our factories. We also help our employees to make their work area more effective by continuously optimising all work processes, thus reducing the workload. This optimisation process is ongoing. A continuous provision of cut bundles enables the seamstresses to work effectively and at the same time with high quality. Bonus payments are possible through additional training.

Näherin

Both the management of the company‘s own production facilities and contract manufacturers were banned from subcontracting production orders. This not only avoids making quality control more difficult, but in particular prevents the undermining of wage standards.

Our own production facilities as well as those of other companies are bound to the principles of the Fair Wear Foundation and the Green Button and are regularly subjected to social audits

Covid-19

As part of the Covid 19 crisis, we took a number of protective measures at all the group‘s sites.

- In our sample sewing rooms in Poland, a sufficiently large number of mouth-nose protectors made of strong fabric were already produced at the beginning of March so that every employee could be equipped with at least two of them.
- Where it was technically feasible and possible in terms of work processes, home workplaces were created.
- For all office work, distance was prescribed. Meetings took place only via video conferencing. In addition to the provision of sufficient disinfectants, constant ventilation was ensured at all locations.
- All suspected cases were ordered to stay at home and asked undergo a test.
- After suspicious cases arose in one of our plants in Moldova, we had tests carried out on the entire workforce at our own initiative and expense, as no action was taken by government agencies. Contact persons were identified and infected persons were sent to home quarantine.
- Partition walls were installed in the sewing rooms to provide increased protection against infection by separating them.

Our group of companies has also been severely affected by the economic crisis. However, thanks to very timely orders and additional safety stocks of fabrics and ingredients, we were able to maintain delivery reliability to our customers as far as possible.

Care towards third parties

The above-mentioned delivery reliability is particularly important in the field of personal protective equipment (PPE), since it is here that the protection of people at the workplace makes their work possible. Although we are pursuing a purely B2B business model, especially in the PPE sector, we have intensified our contact with end customers during the period under review by hiring additional employees in order to incorporate the customer’s aspects and criticisms into the development of new products in good time.


Fair Trade

Selling more of their cotton on Fairtrade terms under the Fairtrade Sourced Cotton model enables Fairtrade cotton producers to get fairer trading conditions, stimulate social change and engage in environmental protection. For more information visit info.fairtrade.net/sourcing.

In order to support the Fairtrade supply chain, teamdress has committed itself to initially procure 30 tons of raw cotton from Fairtrade sources every year. This will help to ensure that farmers who are not optimally connected to the Fairtrade supply chain can continue their activities.

Some collections in the workwear and PPE sector are already labelled Fairtrade. We are pursuing what we believe to be the need to further increase this proportion.

Fairtrade

Logistics and disposition

With the increase of production sites, the demands on scheduling and logistics have grown considerably. Our expertise in this area, built up over decades, made it possible to supply all production sites with raw materials even during the Covid 19 crisis and to provide our customers with products with high transport efficiency.

Not only in the selection of raw materials, but also in the scheduling, attention is paid to the reduction of goods weights in order to reduce emissions and save resources.

Truck

Energy management

The reduction of CO2 is the central topic in the field of energy management. As early as 1998, our shareholders acquired two hydropower plants located in Germany.This enables us to produce energy in a climate-neutral way, independent of changing production locations and with energy management according to our standards.After extensive insulation measures on various buildings in recent years, a solar plant was installed at our logistics centre in Poland during the reporting period.


After extensive research and consultation, the decision was made in favour of the more expensive monocrystalline solar cells, which are more suitable for this location. The system is installed on the roof side on an area of 263 m² by a German company. The nominal output corresponds to 49.95 kWp. Additional cooling at the inverter ensures better durability and more uniform energy production. Accordingly, the manufacturer‘s guarantee after 25 years covers 85.12% efficiency with a power loss of only -0.56% p.a. The plant thus covers 45% of the Polish site‘s own energy requirements.

In addition to the ecological aspect, this plant accordingly makes a significant contribution to reducing the risks arising from the consequences of total local energy failures.The energy generated is not only used directly by the plant itself but is also partly fed into the public grid, thus replacing electricity produced by coal-fired power plants.

Although there are local and EU support measures in place, the application process in Covid-19 times proved to be so protracted that our shareholders decided to finance the acquisition from their own resources.

Solar