Pentland Group has released its Corporate Responsibility Review for 2018. Pentland Group is the parent company of Speedo, Ellesse, Berghaus and other brands, as well as the majority shareholder in JD Sports Fashion. Pentland Group has been a signatory to the UN Global Compact since 2001, and supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely the 17 sustainability goals that the UN General Assembly set as targets for the world in 2015, to be met by 2030. In the report, Pentland highlights that it believes it can make the biggest contribution to eight of the 17 SDGs, and these are: SDG nos. 3) Good health and well-being, 5) Gender equality, 6) Clean water and sanitation, 8) Decent work and economic growth, 9) Industry innovation and infrastructure, 10) Reduced inequalities, 12) Responsible consumption and production, and 13) Climate action.
Among the multiple achievements that the company highlights in the report, with reference to SDG no. 3 (Good health and well-being), for example, it explains that in 2018, it piloted an online tool to support mental health and well-being, which it has since rolled out to its employees globally.
With reference to SDG no. 8 (Decent work and economic growth), the report highlights that in 2018, the group introduced a corporate responsibility charter for suppliers, which outlines its ethics and governance requirements and how the company expects its suppliers to protect people and the environment. Pentland contacted every supplier and asked them to commit to the charter. Also in the area of SDG no. 8 commitments, Pentland developed a guide to ethical sourcing for both its buying teams, who work to find new suppliers, and to ensure that existing suppliers comply with its standards.
With regard to SDG no. 10 and gender inequalities, in 2018 the company enhanced its diversity and inclusion strategy. All its senior leaders have already undertaken training on identifying and tackling unconscious bias, the company explains. In the U.K., more than 40 percent of Pentland Brands' senior leaders are women, according to the report, and the company is working to increase that figure.
With regard to SDG no. 12, related to responsible consumption and production, the report mentions examples such as Speedo's use of recycled materials in 20 percent of its shorts, and Berghaus' work with Polartec to make fleeces from recycled plastic bottles. In the same area, the company reports that the group's offices in the U.K. now use 100 percent renewable energy and send zero waste to landfill.
Finally, with regard to JD Sports Fashion, whose corporate responsibility performance is also included in the report, the division achieved an above sector average B rating from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and sourced 85 percent of its electricity from renewable sources globally. Also, employees at JD Sports Fashion received more than 7,000 hours of face-to-face training to help develop their knowledge and skills.
The full 2018 Corporate Responsibility report can be downloaded from the pentlandbrands.com website.