SUPPORTING OUR SUPPLIERS &
BUYING RESPONSIBLY

COMMITMENT N°9


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2021

Recycled materials compulsory in public procurement

Decree no. 2021-254, published in the French Journal Officiel on 9 March 2021, on the obligation to acquire, through public procurement, goods resulting from reuse or integration of recycled materials implements the provisions of Article 58 of Act No. 2020-105 of 10 February 2020 on the fight against waste and the circular economy, which came into effect on 1st January 2021. This Decree obliges to increase the share of circular economy purchases in public procurement and to reinforce the principle that public procurement takes into account the environmental performance of products. As such, the proportion of recycled materials from the reuse, recycling or re-employment sectors must represent at least 20% of all textile products ordered by local authorities and parapublic companies. CEPOVETT has already proposed several solutions to this end in recent years, in particular recycled polyester from recycled plastic bottles and post-consumer recycled cotton. This new regulation reinforces the State's responsible purchasing policy.

2020

Secure sourcing

The recent Covid-19 epidemic was a wakeup call to the textile industry, which has been penalised for using mainly Asian suppliers. This health crisis underlines the need to diversify supply networks by favouring more local sources, especially in the Maghreb and Madagascar. To this end, the purchasing teams are re-balancing and securing their supplier portfolio, while taking CSR aspects into account. CEPOVETT relies on a supplier support programme called "FabLab CEPOVETT", based on a collaborative approach with its garment workshops. The aim of this approach is to identify, through a multi-year 360° CSR action plan, a certain number of good practices in terms of technical, economic, social and societal innovation. The company is also committed to guaranteeing production site transparency and supply chain security by carrying out SMETA-type social and environmental audits.

2019

ISO14001 certification for the Epsilon CEPOVETT workshop

ISO 14001 is the most widely used of the international standards for environmental management. It’s based on the principle of continuous improvement of environmental performance by verifying and measuring the impacts of the company’s activities. ISO 14001 refers to a standard that concerns environmental management, designed to reassure the most demanding, environmentally conscious customers. EPSILON’s environmental and talent management will be enhanced over time with new tools for dialogue and cost control, but above all for rallying employees.

2019 Results

    • 100%
    • Development of the FabLab programme in Morocco40%
    • SMETA audits of our suppliers 100%

2018

"CEPOVETT Group Fablab, a lever for innovation in France and abroad

CEPOVETT Group relies on an ambitious programme to support its suppliers. The "CEPOVETT Group FabLab" programme is based on a voluntary and collaborative approach with its clothing workshops in its main production areas in the world (Eastern Europe, Asia and North Africa). Its aim is to develop, through experimentation and a multi-year 360° CSR action plan, best practices in technical, economic, social, societal and environmental innovation, in order to improve overall performance.
In 2017, CEPOVETT Group's CSR policy was also reflected in the deployment of its responsible purchasing charter. This charter makes it possible to secure and evaluate the good practices of each supplier. Its ambition is to make each production workshop progress in its CSR practices. The Ukrainian textile company Siluet is an example of successful integration of disability in a professional textile environment.

2018 Results

    • 100% of suppliers signed the CEPOVETT Code of Ethics100%
    • Development of the FabLab programme20%
    • Evaluation of CSR best practices of our suppliers40%

2017

2017 Report

CEPOVETT Group relies on an ambitious programme to support its suppliers. The "CEPOVETT Group FabLab" programme is based on a voluntary and collaborative approach with its clothing workshops in its main production areas in the world (Eastern Europe, Asia and North Africa). Its aim is to bring out, through experimentation and a multi-year 360° CSR action plan, good practices in technical, economic, social, societal and environmental innovation, in the service of overall performance. In 2016, the CEPOVETT Group FabLab programme involved technical cooperation, the pooling of know-how and co-construction between French industrial partners to demonstrate the industrial feasibility of a closed-loop garment concept made from recycled clothing. It will have taken nearly 16 months of reflection and research to offer the market a product designed from 100% recycled fibres, in particular from customers' post-consumer textiles, whose approach is totally in line with the circular economy. This first experimentation is the logical extension of the CEPOVETT Group recycling programme initiated in 2011. A further step towards eco-responsible professional clothing.

2017 Results

    • 100% of suppliers sign the CEPOVETT Group ethical charter80%
    • Expansion of the FabLab programme to other production sites50%
    • Identification and assessment of our suppliers' good CSR practices60%

2016

"CEPOVETT Group Fablab, a lever for innovation excellence

Beyond the aspects of audits and controls, CEPOVETT Group believes in the long-term support of its clothing factories, through the exchange of good practices, the transmission of know-how and co-production as a cooperative working model. Launched in 2014, the innovative "CEPOVETT Group FabLab" approach is an ambitious and exclusive programme to support its industrial sites with the aim of making them genuine eco-socially responsible showcases. In 2015, many good practices were tested on the industrial site. For example, significant work to reduce the environmental impact was carried out at the EPSILON industrial site in Madagascar, thanks to the implementation of a heat recovery process, produced by the activity, as well as the use of biomass energy. With regard to the well-being of employees, sports activities (Zumba) have been organised and a canteen is available to them. Projects of general interest have also been organised with local stakeholders.

2016 Results

    • 100% of suppliers sign the CEPOVETT Group ethical charter80%
    • Expansion of the FabLab experiment to other sites40%
    • Identification and assessment of our suppliers' good CSR practices40%