11. Usage of Natural Resources

The company discloses the extent to which natural resources are used for the company’s business activities. Possible options here are materials, the input and output of water, soil, waste, energy, land and biodiversity as well as emissions for the life cycles of products and services.

Our philosophy at Fenix is to continually improve our eco-profile of materials used for our products. Recycled, organic, ecological, biodegradable or recyclable materials are not just lofty wishes. Our brands and their employees are working to find solutions that are less harmful to the environment, yet assure the high-quality of our products.

We have defined goals regarding the materials we use for our products within the Fenix Way (pp. 42 - 43). These include a recycling strategy, the reduction of toxic substances, water usage, or waste and are set until 2020. The progress is internally monitored by the CSO and the responsible CEO as well as by the Sustainability Manager Energy and Environment. Impact categories like primary energy use, emissions and water needed are reported in the CSR Report. When looking at natural resources we have identified risks regarding the availability of materials, quality and the use of fossil based materials. Price shifts may require changes in the business model or in product design. Subsequently, we have decided to switch to organic and recycled materials whenever possible.

Moreover, global challenges are tackled in cooperation with our suppliers. As the response rate increases, we believe that our data get more and more sound. Nevertheless, we are striving to more profound set of data encouraging our suppliers to submit and share the Higg Facility Environmental Modul.

For more information see CSR Report 2018, pp. 13-21, 29.