Mammut

About the company

Mammut makes clothing, footwear, climbing gear, backpacks, headlamps and sleeping gear.

My summary

Mammut has recently launched a ‘We care’ branding campaign, which seeks to place the company as being a good corporate in all its dealings – both internal and external.

Although most of the information presented below comes directly from the company, the information available is thorough and externally verified, and forms the basis of them being identified as being a ‘leader’.

Category

Leader (***)

Sustainability criteria:

  • General approach:

“The Mammut Sports Group has set itself the goal of focusing its long-term business activity on the principles of sustainability. This means that Mammut behaves in an environmentally and socially responsible manner both internally – towards its employees, trainees and athletes – and externally – towards its suppliers, partners and other target groups.

The Mammut Sports Group views “Corporate Responsibility” (CR) as a management approach that makes social and environmental responsibility a concrete element of its company strategy alongside economic logic. CR is divided into three areas. Although Mammut aims to behave responsibly in all of these areas, the first priority is social and environmental concerns (CSR & CER) affecting its core business. The other areas are Corporate Governance, going beyond statutory obligations, and Corporate Citizenship”.

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

From the company.

“We aim to stand out from our competitors in the area of CR as well, however we believe that there are some issues we cannot resolve on our own. We therefore sign up to cross-industry solutions and are taking a leading role in the newly formed “Sustainability Working Group” of the European Outdoor Group (EOG) and cooperating with the relevant internal and external target groups”.

It is part of the Global Reporting Initiative: http://www.globalreporting.org

  • information on resources used – recycled materials, use of renewable materials, etc
  • energy consumption & carbon dioxide emissions

The company says that “all the resulting CO² emissions (from making their ropes) are offset”.

  • distance travelled

Mammut still produces some equipment in Switzerland and labels those products which are made elsewhere:

“The Mammut Sports Group produces in Switzerland where this is economically viable. This includes all Mammut climbing ropes, slings and webbing, the PULSE Barryvox® avalanche transceiver and small series of specialist alpine boots. As a result of economic development, it is only possible to produce niche products from the textiles and footwear sector in Switzerland.

“The country of production is stitched clearly on each product in large letters and there is no Swiss cross or the name “Switzerland” on the product”.

  • waste generated

“in 2008, the company developed a strategy designed to bring all material suppliers in line with the strict requirements of the bluesign® standard over the next few years. As well as ensuring that no chemical substances with a harmful effect on humans and the environment enter the production process, this also promotes more efficient use of resources. In 2009, almost 50 percent of MAMMUT clothing was produced using materials produced by bluesign®-certified operations”.

Source.

  • water consumption
  • working conditions

“MAMMUT Sports Group has taken proactive steps to tackle the issue of social working conditions throughout the supply chain. On 1 October 2008, the Swiss mountain sports company became the first player in the outdoor industry to join the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF).

By 2009, the FWF had already verified more than 70 percent of all MAMMUT clothing products”.

Source.

In 2010, Mammut was described as being an ‘exemplary company’ by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC).

The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) which was created in 1989 as an alliance of human rights organisations in 13 European countries, with the aim of promoting workers’ rights and improving working conditions in the international clothing and sports goods industries

  • other environmental claims or benefits

Mammut provides sponsorships to athletes in the realm of alpinism, climbing and freeride skiing. It does not appear to support external environmental initiatives.

  • details on who stocks the item/ where to find it/ where to get further information

Mammut is distributed in Australia through Mountain Designs.

  • other items mentioning Mammut

There is a review of their organic clothing line here.

One Response to Mammut

  1. well this is all well and good ,but my brand new mammut boots are so slippery in the wet that they are dangerous i went arse over in the supermarket very disappointed.

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