We are convinced that our positive commitment to sustainability – one of the major opportunities and challenges for our company – starts with paying attention to the internal situation within the company and by building strong links with a wide range of actors.
For this reason, in the work in progress that is our sustainability strategy, we want to reach out to all internal and external stakeholders.
We intend to build an effective dialogue with them, evaluating the impact of our company’s activities, within its areas of influence. Looking at the effects of our work, of our behaviour and our products means reaching out to different players, for the purpose of listening, meeting their expectations and optimising the contributions which we believe essential to the future of the Benetton Group.
The evolving map of stakeholders to be engaged
Multistakeholder Initiatives on Sustainability
Benetton Group believes that sustainability is the fruit of joint efforts and proactive dialogue.
This is why the company is engaged in multistakeholder initiatives, aimed at developing strategies and tools to promote human rights and protect the environment, at the international and local level.
The Accord On Fire And Building Safety in Bangladesh
Benetton Group is among the first signatories of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, launched in May 2013. With its signature, the company confirms its engagement in contributing to a significant and lasting improvement in working conditions and safety in Bangladesh.
The Accord is an independent agreement, signed by more than 150 apparel companies all over the world and involving trade unions, the International Labour Organization (ILO) as well as non-governmental organizations. It is designed to make all garment factories in Bangladesh safe workplaces. It also calls for independent safety inspections at factories and for transparency in the Bangladeshi textile supply chain.
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals
We are at the forefront of the global effort to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals across the textile industry by 2020. This is why Benetton Group joined hands with the leading actors of the textile sector and became affiliated to the international coalition Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC).
Through the ZDHC Programme, signatory brands work collaboratively to advance environmental responsibility in the textile industry and to contribute to safe and secure conditions for local communities.
For more info on ZDHC, please see www.roadmaptozero.com
United Nations Global Compact
In November 2015, Benetton joined the UN Global Compact – an international initiative promoted by the UN – which aims to engage businesses and other organizations on a platform of 10 shared principles regarding human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.
Joining the UN Global Compact is a commitment for companies, together with other actors of socio-economic development, to pursue a business model which is inclusive and socially sustainable. More than 12,000 companies and organizations from more than 145 countries worldwide have joined the UN Global Compact, making it the largest voluntary initiative regarding corporate social responsibility.
Benetton’s choice to join the UN Global Compact demonstrates – once again – the Group’s commitment to a sustainable business model, achieved also through high-level alliances, such as partnerships with the United Nations.
For more info on the UN Global Compact, please see www.unglobalcompact.org