Respect for the environment. Commitment to research. Investment in the future. For Tizara Group, sustainability is not a side effect, but rather a key requirement.
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
Attention to environmental and social sustainability-related themes is constantly growing in every market sector, the textile and agriculture sector being no exception. Consumers, particularly the younger generations, are increasing being guided in their purchasing choices by values that are traceable back to the concept of sustainability. This is the trend strongly conditioning all the stakeholders upon whom the present and future success of the Group depends. The Tizara Group’s response to these influencing factors is to integrate sustainability criteria into the company’s strategic decisions and choices, while
expanding or enhancing its offerings with innovative products yet without compromising the creative process undergirding their production. This provides the ability to ensure the company remains highly competitive thereby securing sustainable longevity. In order for this strategy to be successful, it is necessary to promote and spread the culture of sustainability along the entire value chain, seeking also to involve all of the actors participating therein. It’s for this very reason that the Tizara Group has defined five priority action areas that constitute the pillars upon which the activities relating to sustainability are based.
The Priorities of the Tizara Group: Five Pillars of Sustainability
Initiated as of 2016, the Tizara Group has deployed a priorities analysis process in alignment with the requirements provided for in international standards relating to sustainability reporting (Global Reporting Initiative). This process, defined as “materiality analysis”, has enabled identification of the 13 most relevant issues (so-called “material” issues) for the Group and its stakeholders, as summarized in the Group’s five pillars of sustainability, which serve as a guide for all present and future actions.
Attention to the customers
In order to ensure the service excellence, understood to be quality, authenticity, safety and traceability of the product.
Employee wellbeing and talent development
In order to ensure the health, safety and protection of the rights of workers, by investing in training and skills development of employees, considered to be the primary strategic asset of the Group.
Environmental protection and efficient use of resources
In order to reduce environmental impacts along the entire value chain.
Responsible management of the supply chain
In order to build stable business relationships and make the supply chain even more virtuous from the standpoint of environmental and social impacts, while prioritizing greater involvement and dialogue with all suppliers.
Support and involvement of communities
In order to create value for the benefit of the territory and the people who live therein.
Tizara Group’s responsibility for sustainability extends throughout the entire supply chain. In addition to monitoring its supply chain closely, the Company has also been actively involved in raising awareness among its suppliers for a number of years; these suppliers are encouraged to in turn neutralize the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the products supplied to Tizara Group, through a rigorous process of measurement, reduction and offsetting.
The Tizara Group has a heightened awareness of the present-day importance of the issue of safety of chemical substances used in the manufacture of products and in production processes. This theme is particularly relevant in the textile and agricultural sector, where attention to product safety has been further accentuated by environmental campaigns in recent years. Since 2015, on the basis of studies and protocols proposed at the international level, the Group has defined the “Zero Discharge 2022” initiative for eliminating or minimizing potentially hazardous substances from its production processes and products by 2022. This goal is reachable only by strengthening the dialogue with suppliers in order to ensure there is constant commitment to exclusively using non-hazardous chemical formulations, and to assessing sustainable alternatives that ensure the highest quality standards, taking into consideration the environmental, economic and social impacts thereof.
The path towards the Zero Discharge goal of the Tizara Group consists of three interconnected phases:
Regular updating of the list of restricted substances (Restricted Substances List – RSL);
Conducting appropriate testing on significant samples from the collections;
Preparation of a report on the results of testing conducted by the Group.
These phases seek to encourage the development of good practices, through effective management of the use of chemical substances in the production value chain by way of confirming the commitment to a radical transformation of supply chain.
The Selection of Raw Material
The selection of raw materials is considered by weighing specific economic, ethical and environmental criteria that ensure consistency, on the one hand, with the Group’s sustainability-related values and principles, and with client wants and needs, on the other. The Group has therefore since a number of years initiated projects relating to traceability of raw materials in collaboration with suppliers.
Having optimal information and knowledge about each phase of the life cycle of products, right from the obtaining of raw materials, allows the Group to direct its efforts in a targeted manner towards the productive phases which present far more opportunities for improvement; it represents a guarantee of quality and transparency for consumers and helps to spread greater awareness along the entire value chain.
In 2018, the Group’s fabric collections introduced a variety of products that use innovative materials, in response to the growing global attention on environmental issues.