CATEGORY: getting there (**)

It appears that Berghaus are not as far down the track as many of the other big and long established international outfits. But they do appear to be moving in the right direction:

“Environmental Charter
We’re in the process of putting together an Environmental Charter. This will not only formalise what we’re already doing to be greener, but drive our business forward with our partners. It will incorporate all our actions across product, packaging, recycling, product innovation and global charitable initiatives. As part of this, we recently commissioned a carbon footprint report that looked at all our business processes. This will form the basis of our Environmental Charter and help shape our future business”.

At this point it appears that the company is attempting to get its UK/ head office in order in terms of waste minimisation, energy and water use, sustainable transport and so on. However, the bulk of the actual environmental impact would be in the production and transport of the equipment they make and sell, which occurs outside the UK – and details on sustainability measures in this regard are quite limited.

There is information on their approach to corporate responsibility here.

Sustainability criteria:

  • reporting framework: how does the company benchmark what it does/ reports? Does it use one of the international accredited systems

No information

  • information on resources used – recycled materials, use of renewable materials, etc

To be honest, it strikes me as being a bit token at present (focused at this point on packaging rather than the raw materials in the actual gear):
“We’ve introduced a 100% recycled and recyclable footwear box with eco-friendly printing processes using soya based inks. Our flagship Gateshead store also use 100% recycled bags. And because the little things can add up to a lot, we’re reducing the number of swing tickets that we use on all products. “
But, to be fair, it does make sense to get the easy stuff sorted before you try and get a range of overseas producers to meet sustainability criteria.

  • energy consumption

At their head office they have installed a wind turbine that produces electricity that is then wired straight into the building.

  • carbon dioxide emissions
  • distance travelled

“We helped cut down our carbon footprint by reducing air freight, encouraging car sharing and cycling to work initiatives, and using video conferencing for meetings, rather than travel. Since introducing these initiatives, we’ve reduced air freight by 35% in 2006 and a further 35% in 2007. 30% of our staff now carshare”.

  • waste generated

Successful attempts to reduce waste at their head office in the UK.

  • water consumption
  • working conditions

No information

  • other environmental claims or benefits
  • details on who stocks the item/ where to find it/ where to get further information

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Ducane Range, TAS


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