CLEAN

Our passion for sports drives
our passion for the environment

There is no better place where we can play sports than in Nature. All corporations have the responsibility to contribute to the conservation of Nature and maintain harmony with the natural environment as they engage in their corporate activities. GOLDWIN makes ongoing and aggressive efforts to protect the natural environment and our environmental policies also include contributions to the local communities by “living” in the community with them. We pledge to pass on to the next generation a rich, natural environment where people can continue to enjoy sports activities.

There is no better place where we can play sports than in Nature. All corporations have the responsibility to contribute to the conservation of Nature and maintain harmony with the natural environment as they engage in their corporate activities. GOLDWIN makes ongoing and aggressive efforts to protect the natural environment and our environmental policies also include contributions to the local communities by “living” in the community with them. We pledge to pass on to the next generation a rich, natural environment where people can continue to enjoy sports activities.

Building a sustainable society

Basic principles of environmental protection

All of us should embark on the noble mission of living and prospering in harmony with nature. GOLDWIN aims to minimize its impact on the environment through its activities, including the planning, manufacturing, and sales of sportswear and other types of functional wear. At the same time, We strive to make a positive impact on the environment by offering eco-friendly products as an all-round, health-conscious company. Below please find the basic environmental policies we have established.

GOLDWIN’s environmental policies

  1. Strive to prevent environmental contamination and protect the environment by complying with all laws, regulations, and other requirements applicable to GOLDWIN’s corporate activities and facilities, and to establish voluntary standards as extensive as possible.
  2. Protect our green planet by recognizing the potential harm our corporate activities would do to the environment and minimizing the impact through the collective effort of all employees.
  3. Set and review objectives and targets for reducing environmental impacts and engage in activities to improve the environment on an ongoing basis.
  4. Use limited natural resources effectively and reduce industrial waste with a full awareness of the amount of energy and resources used and CO2 emitted.
  5. Advance the development of health-conscious and environmentally responsible products by gathering all available corporate resources and developing proprietary technologies.
  6. Continue to be a company capable of operating in harmony with nature and co-existing with local communities, in order to support the health of the natural environment and all forms of life.

ISO 14001 Certification

In November 1999, GOLDWIN’s Toyama facilities obtained certification under ISO 14001, the international standard for environment management systems, making GOLDWIN the first company in the sportswear industry to achieve the certification. To further develop its conservation programs and eco-friendly products while improving the efficiency of its operations through energy-saving measures, all of GOLDWIN’s offices and its Dye Processing Center obtained the ISO 14001 certification in February 2006. GOLDWIN Logitem followed in July 2008, and Canterbury of New Zealand Japan and Black & White Sportswear were next in August 2011 and September 2013, respectively. GOLDWIN will continue to apply one of its core business principles, “Clean Management,” by providing eco-friendly products and services, in addition to implementing responsible employment and economic practices.

2016 Report on Environmental Activities

1.Toward a sustainable society

Development and sales of health-conscious and environmentally responsible products

One of our environmental policies is to develop and sell health-conscious and environmentally responsible products. In order to achieve this goal, for fiscal 2016 we set ourselves a performance indicator: a minimum of 15% of our products sold must be environmentally responsible. To our regret, we only managed to achieve 12.6%, and the total sales value of such products was also down by 11%. Nevertheless, we remain committed to improving our performance, and so we will further step up our efforts for environmental programs by developing and selling environmentally responsible products; implementing product recovery programs; placing product recycling boxes at stores; carrying out the Green Down Recycling Project; and promoting product collection and recycling programs in collaboration with ICO Japan.

Reduction of industrial waste

Reduction of waste and disposal of products and raw materials is another example of GOLDWIN’s environmental policies. To this end, the company has strived not only to reduce waste but also to promote the reuse of products. We managed to achieve our performance indicator of 140 tons of waste in fiscal 2016, a 23% drop from 2015. The disposal of products and materials also dropped 24%. We will continue our efforts to reduce industrial waste by encouraging programs that produce less waste; implements a thorough order-production flow control; promotes the effective use of excess materials; advances programs to reduce product defects and recalls; thoroughly eliminates processing loss; and promotes recycling by classifying and sub-classifying wastes.

Effective use of limited resources

In order to pursue GOLDWIN’s environmental policy of effectively using limited natural resources, we have intensified our efforts to promote the conservation of natural resources and to reduce the amount of raw materials used. In fiscal 2016, we further promoted programs to reduce the loss of raw materials; improved product designs based on feedback received through claims and repairs; implemented thorough facility and management programs for manufacturing processes; engaged in activities to reduce packaging materials for distribution; improved management and efficiency by overhauling work systems and methods (operational improvements); and took advantage of the effective system for collecting and reusing products and increased the number of products collected (in collaboration with ICO Japan). The total amount collected in the last year was 1.6 tons.

2.Toward a low-carbon society

Pollution prevention and environmental conservation

As a part of our efforts under company’s environmental policies, GOLDWIN has been making ongoing efforts to reduce CO2 emissions to achieve its goal of preventing pollution and preserving the environment. The company set an emissions target of 7,657 tons for fiscal 2016, and was able to achieve 7,579 tons due to such efforts as replacing conventional lights with LEDs at our facilities in Toyama area.

We will continue working toward a low-carbon society through programs such as, power-saving activities; efficient use of resources as a result of reducing overtime work (which in turn makes operational improvements and increases work efficiency); modification of transportation routes and better loading efficiency; and promotion of energy-efficient driving by turning off idling engines.

LED lights at GOLDWIN Technical Center

3.Co-existing with the natural environment

A corporation capable of co-existing with local communities

In our environmental policies, GOLDWIN has pledged our aspiration to be the corporation capable of co-existing with local communities. With this goal in mind, we have hosted The North Face Kids Nature School (KNS) since 2014, providing opportunities for children to connect with the natural environment and experience and learn from it. Besides KNS, we also hosted a total of 16 events, including workshops on how to create tote bags from yacht sailcloth that otherwise is wasted, as well as programs for raising awareness about the importance of environmental conservation. GOLDWIN also implemented 13 local cleanup events nationwide.

Green Cycle program for recycling used clothing of all and any brands

In partnership with ICO (I Collect) Japan, in May 2015, GOLDWIN launched the Green Cycle program to collect used clothing of any brand. As of March 31, 2017, 51 GOLDWIN Group stores across Japan are accepting used clothing. Over the past two years, this program has reduced CO2 emissions by roughly 15 tons.

Earth Day activities

On Earth Day, our stores across Japan again took initiatives in various Earth Day activities including community cleanups. Some stores used green electricity generated from clean energy sources such as biomass during business hours on April 22 and 23, 2017. All the stores hosted a “Green Cycle Campaign,” and doubled-up the number of coupons given out for used clothes brought in by customers. Those activities and their achievements were reported through our GREEN IS GOOD website.

Beach Cleanup Project: Raising awareness of the environment

To raise awareness of the importance of preserving Nature, GOLDWIN has been sponsoring annual cleanups of Matsudae Beach, Himi City, Toyama, since 2006. July 9, 2016 was the 11th time, and 105 participants, including both our employees and volunteers from the general public, combed the beach to pick up pieces of trash washed ashore.

Partnership with Spiber: Developing next-generation products

GOLDWIN Inc. and Spiber Inc. entered into a business partnership in the field of sports apparel to develop “MOON PARKA,” an innovative product using high-performance, new-generation materials. Currently we are working on the production aspect to ensure consistent quality. By developing durable, highly bio-compatible and bio-degradable structural protein materials without relying on non-renewable resources such as petroleum, GOLDWIN will continue to contribute to the efforts to build a sustainable society.