Corporate Social Responsibility
Tricorp accepts its responsibility. Every day we work to implement and improve processes that ensure better and safer products and working conditions for both our customers and for the people who can make a contribution to the production of our workwear without negatively impacting the environment. We want our professionals to get the best out of their working day, but also want the same thing for people in the textile industry. It is a dream and a vision of the future. But today we are taking all the necessary steps to achieve it. Tricorp works closely with the Social and Economic Council and more than 70 partners in the IMVO covenant in the area of International Corporate Social Responsibility.
TRICORP STANDS FOR...
Sustainability is not only reflected in our product, but also throughout our business operations. We strive for long-term relationships with suppliers and customers. This is necessary to meet the challenge of connecting the textile cycle. Raw materials from the textile cycle must also be able to connect to other cycles. In this way we contribute to an economy in which today's goods form the basis for tomorrow's products.
With a relatively young #TeamTricorp we consider it important to make our contribution and to provide the next generation with circular products in a more sustainable world. Our long term ambition is to embed circularity in the strategy, with the aim of a fully circular assortment. It goes without saying that this includes a fully circular service concept and circular business operations for us and our partners.
We want to protect the earth, conserve resources and take responsibility for the people who contribute to our products. In this way, our customers and the people who wear our clothing can also contribute to a circular world.
It is very important to us that the quality and comfort of our products is fully guaranteed. Even with circular products, we do not compromise on quality. Where possible, we even ensure optimisation in quality and functionality.
Contributing to a circular economy is not something you do alone! Our creed is cooperation, so here too we want to collaborate on a circular concept with all our stakeholders. For example, we work closely with our suppliers for the purchase of circular fabrics. Our internal colleagues are needed to promote this circular concept. Our customers make an important contribution by providing and returning our workwear. The circular concept is not complete without optimal return logistics and a system for deconstructing components and raw materials so that they can in turn be reused for new products. For this we work together with our partner COFA/FB Basic.
We want to be representative to the market with this circular concept, just as we are with our brand and products. We want to inspire and inform our customers and partners about the circular procurement of workwear.
Circularity is above all about doing and getting things done. This perfectly reflects the dynamic character of Tricorp. We are constantly looking for improvement, because beautiful can always be more beautiful and good can always be better.
A circular concept includes not only honest products, but also transparent communication. Our website gives further information about our suppliers, use of materials, working conditions and subsequent uses of our circular products.
The most important thing for us is to involve our customers in making the textile sector more sustainable. But we also reduce the impact on the earth by avoiding unnecessary use of raw materials and by supporting their recovery and reuse. In addition, we contribute to the social aspects of a circular economy and reduce the strain on people who work on Tricorp clothing worldwide. In the Netherlands, we are creating extra employment opportunities, also for people who do not have easy access to the labour market.
Textile fibres are making increasing demands on raw material stocks and the production of textiles is having a major environmental impact. Raw materials are already scarce and are becoming increasingly so. Using less raw materials only postpones the inevitable, the ultimate depletion of stocks. This demands a different approach to resource extraction; recovery will have to become the major source. The character of our company and our products – protecting people – means we also believe in the responsibility we have to care for the people who are involved in making our products, and to protect our planet. In this way we are moving from passive to active recycling, and we contribute to an economy in which the goods of today form the basis of the products of tomorrow. Together with our partners, we are therefore taking up the challenge of closing the textile chain by means of a circular model and thereby contributing to an economy in which today's goods form the basis for tomorrow's products.Circular workwear
FBBASIC THE URBAN MINING COMPANY
FBBasic focuses on the recovery of raw materials. We do this by transforming linear production and consumption systems into circular systems, which we then strengthen step by step.
The mission of FBBasics is simple: Do not let any valuable resources go to waste! In 98% of cases, current recycling is passive: only when we have the product in our hands do we start thinking about how we can recover components and raw materials. Our mission is to switch to active recycling: in the design phase of a product you already know how to reuse the materials once they have been used. FBBasic focuses on all stages and components of the circular transition, from product design to complete strategic trajectories. FBBasic develops, guides, operationalises and delivers the corresponding IT applications to help Tricorp move from a linear strategy and product to a circular one.
With COFA, FBBasic facilitates the return logistics of workwear and safety clothing. With Cirmar, FBBasic designs and implements, together with its partners, IT applications that facilitate the transition to the circular economy. Tricorp uses several of these applications, including material passports, a raw material bank and a dashboard environment to monitor and control sustainability objectives.
SAVED BY DESIGN: WORKWEAR WITH ALMOST 9 LIVES
In addition to our initiative with COFA, we also employ the Saved by Design concept with Dutch aWEARness; workwear with (almost) 9 lives. This workwear has all the familiar characteristics of the Tricorp collections and can be reused up to eight times. After use, Dutch aWEARness takes back clothes, processes them, melts them and processes them into cloth again. The process can be repeated up to eight times, which represents a huge gain in terms of reducing CO2 emissions and reducing the amount of textile waste.
Saved by Design is the result of a collaboration with the circular textile company Dutch aWEARness. The fabric used for this workwear has the characteristics of 'Infinity': this makes it clear that the fabric is fully reusable and that the entire production process is made transparent. The use of Infinity fabric gives the right to add the ‘DA inside’ label (Dutch aWEARness inside) to the workwear.
INSIGHT INTO THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE PRODUCT
Insight into the production process and the life cycle of the product is made possible through the Circular Content Management System (CCMS). The CCMS contains data relating to the materials (and energy) used, the working conditions surrounding production, transport and the profiles of manufacturers and suppliers in the production cycle. Track & Trace technology makes this data transparent and verifiable: scanning the QR code on the clothing reveals the product's history, environmental impact and the materials used in the product!
A broad coalition of companies and other organisations are participants in the Covenant of Sustainable Clothing and Textiles. We collaborate and jointly contribute to the prevention of abuses in the textile industry. Tricorp signed the Covenant in 2017.
Companies and organisations that sign the Covenant undertake to identify and combat discrimination, child labour and forced labour. They are also committed to the right of free negotiations by independent trade unions, living wages and healthy and safe working conditions for workers. Furthermore, they do their utmost to reduce environmental damage and prevent the suffering of animals. They also endeavour to reduce the consumption of water, energy and chemicals, as well as the reduction of chemical waste and wastewater. Transparency is central to risk-mapping and collaborative improvement.
The Social and Economic Council (in Dutch: ‘SER’) has developed a programme in which participants such as Tricorp are given guidance on both mapping and improving the above-mentioned issues. The Covenant's trajectory conforms well with Tricorp's ambitions in terms of sustainability and overlaps significantly with the processes required for its circular economic transition.
Nationaal Fonds Kinderhulp
Tricorp is associated with the "Nationaal Fonds Kinderhulp" (NATIONAL CHILD AID FUND) via a strategic partnership. This fund aids children who grow up in poverty within our country. Every child should have the sense that they belong and have access to playful activities. Unfortunately, this is not self-evident for around 300,000 children in our country. They experience poverty and do not feel included in our society.
“Nationaal Fonds Kinderhulp” helps them to access laptops and bicycles, and makes contributions for sporting activities, education and training, outings and swimming lessons. “We have chosen to be a committed partner to “Nationaal Fonds Kinderhulp” because we fully support this charity and are delighted to contribute to childrens' development, as well as provide opportunities for them to have fun. They have their entire future to look forward to and no child should be excluded due to poverty,” says Commercial Director, Gertjan van Eck. Tricorp supports “Kinderhulp” through financial contributions, clothing, consultation, manpower, promotional vehicles and by enabling outings.
In addition, Tricorp collaborates with OEKO-TEX, who certifies our used fabrics. An increasing proportion of our workwear and used materials are OEKO-TEX-Standard-100-certified. If possible, we also need to communicate this via our product. Our raw materials are tested for the presence of more than 300 harmful substances, all of which are required to meet the strictest criteria. In this way, we are able to guarantee quality, as well as promote our workwear in its transition into the circular economy.