Amer Sports’ strategy emphasizes excellence in consumer-centric product creation. Through continuous research and development, Amer Sports seeks to develop new and better sporting goods, services and experiences that appeal to both consumers and trade customers.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)
Arc’teryx and Salomon are members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and use the Higg Index to measure progress on environmental and social impacts within the brands and their supply chains. The Higg Index is a self-assessment tool that empowers brands, retailers and facilities of all sizes, at every stage of their sustainability efforts, to measure their environmental and social and labor impacts and identify areas for improvement. The goal is to fully integrate these tools, recognized worldwide, into the everyday business of the brands.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is the apparel, footwear and home textile industry’s foremost alliance for sustainable production. The organization’s membership represents approximately 50% of these industries. The Coalition’s main focus is on building the Higg Index, a standardized brand and supply chain measurement tool for all industry participants to understand the environmental, social and labor impacts of making and selling products and services. The Higg Index delivers a holistic overview of the sustainability performance of a product or company – a big-picture perspective that is essential for progress to be made.
Restricted Substances List
To ensure product compliance, Amer Sports developed its Restricted Substances List (RSL) policies, which were implemented throughout the supply chain in 2013. Amer Sports Apparel and Footwear category have further developed its Materials Compliance Program and extended it to the Group’s core Tier 2 suppliers so that fabrics and trims are proactively screened against emerging priority substances. Central to this program is Amer Sports Apparel category’s participation in the bluesign® system partner network, a solution for more sustainable textile production. In 2016, the materials compliance program was extended to over 95% of core fabric suppliers of Arc’teryx.
Amer Sports RSL contains the following environmentally relevant information and requirements for its suppliers: As a company, Amer Sports implements its business strategy in an ethically, socially and environmentally responsible manner and ensures that its products are innovative and safe. Amer Sports chooses business partners who are committed to fair and sustainable business.
Amer Sports requires that its business partners will make commitments on complying with and adhering to its policies and ensure that materials, components and finished products supplied to Amer Sports or its business are in full compliance with local laws and regulations regarding toxicology, environment and product safety. In addition, when sourcing materials from animals, Amer Sports does not accept that any unnecessary pain, suffering or injury be inflicted to these animals, whether wild or domesticated, i.e. farmed. Additionally Amer Sports does not source material from any endangered or threatened species. Amer Sports only accept only leather or leather parts that originate solely from animals which have been used for meat production in its products; wool or wool parts that originate solely from sheep which have not been subject to mulesing; and down that has been plucked from birds that are already dead, bred and slaughtered primarily for animal production.Amer Sports Apparel category has made a complete turn away from all C8 materials to C6 alternatives, thereby reducing the presence of the process contaminant PFOA.
Salomon has published its RSLs on its website
Each Salomon category has published their RSLs on the website. Salomon also makes continuous updates on these RSLs and arranges relevant internal training for better understanding on the bluesign® system, their tools and how Salomon brand can efficiently implement these tools. Salomon Footwear has voluntarily restricted or phased out using PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals) chemicals beyond the legal requirements. http://www.salomon.com/int/sustainabilitymind-the-toys
Amer Sports is bluesign® system partner
Amer Sports joined in the bluesign® system partner network in July 2013. The membership covers all the Amer Sports brands within the Apparel & Gear category.The bluesign® system is a solution for a sustainable textile production and it eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for environmentally friendlier and safe production. This not only ensures that the final textile product meets very stringent consumer safety requirements worldwide but also provides confidence to the consumer to acquire a sustainable product. www.bluesign.com
FSC certified wood
One of the key raw materials of skis is wood and most of Amer Sports wood originates from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. All key suppliers are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.