Pentland Brands has revealed the names and locations of the direct factories (Tier 1) that manufacture garments for its Berghaus brand. The list includes factories in Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, U.K. and Vietnam. In an 18-page document,
Pentland published information including the factory names, the names of the parent companies and the full addresses, alongside an interactive map. For each production site, the list also provides the number of workers, the percentage of male and female employees, and what type of product the facility manufactures.
Through Pentland Brands, Berghaus is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition as well as a member of the Leather Working Group, which works to develop an environmental stewardship protocol for the leather manufacturing industry. Berghaus is also a member of the AFIRM Group, which works toward the reduction of the use and impact of harmful substances in the apparel and footwear supply chain. The members of the AFIRM Group also include Adidas Group, Asics, Gap, H&M, Lacoste, Lululemon, New Balance, Nike, Puma, Under Armour, and others.
In 2011, AFIRM developed a Restricted Substances List (RSL) Guidance, a tool for suppliers to establish chemical management processes, build base compliance with its members' chemical restrictions, and provide a common base for analytical testing. In December 2015, the group published the first version of the AFIRM RSL, providing information on limits based on the newest regulations and agreements, test methods, and potential uses of the chemicals. The AFIRM list was most recently updated in 2017. Specific information on the substances restricted by individual AFIRM companies, limits and test methods are provided by the individual member brands. All Berghaus products have to meet the requirements set out in Pentland's RSL, which is aligned to that of AFIRM.
Meanwhile, Berghaus has announced it is continuing to make progress in its environmental commitment. Thanks to the introduction of new styles this year, the brand claims that more than 40 percent of its product range will qualify to be part of the Madekind collection by autumn/winter 2017. To earn the Madekind tag, products must meet at least one of the following criteria: be made using Berghaus' proprietary Colourkind dyeing process, which requires less water and chemicals than ordinary coloring processes; be made using more than 50 percent recycled materials; be made using more than 90 percent Bluesign approved fabrics; be made using down that is 100 percent RDS (Responsible Down Standard) certified. The latest Madekind products feature, for example, new synthetic insulation that uses recycled plastic bottles. Depending on the style, the number of bottles used per jacked can range from one to 23.
In addition, Berghaus has announced it will seek to increase the number of partner factories that are Bluesign certified. Currently, more than 70 percent of its fabric suppliers are partners in the Bluesign system. The brand said it will also carry out a “large exercise” to identify all the factories which are used in the processing and manufacturing of fabrics and other components, in an effort to enhance transparency about the factories it uses around the world, while continuing to improve sustainability across its supply chain.