Certifications, memberships and cooperations
Nilorn is committed to being your responsible supplier, providing goods and services with sustainability at its core. In addition to our own standards, Nilorn and/or our partners also participate in the certifications and memberships listed below.
The bluesign® system uses a strict system of audit and chemical management to eliminate harmful substances throughout the supply chain. bluesign® provides brands and consumers with re-assurance that their product meets stringent consumer safety requirement and is produced in a sustainable manner. The bluesign® labels cover: responsible use of resources, production with a minimum impact on people and the environment and the highest level of consumer safety. Nilorn Portugal has been a bluesign® system partner since 2012 and Nilorn East Asia became a bluesign® system partner in 2017.
OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100
Introduced in 1992 OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 is a worldwide consistent independent testing and certification system for raw, intermediate and end textile products at all stages of processing. The standard is a comprehensive and strict catalogue of measures taking in to account legal regulations, REACH, CPSIA and numerous harmful chemicals not yet regulated. Nilorn holds an OEKO-TEX® certificate for textile production and accessories, produced both in our factories and suppliers’ factories. We hold certifications for product class 1, the highest level.
RECYCLED CLAIM STANDARD / GLOBAL RECYCLED STANDARD
Textile Exchange (TE) is an international, member-supported non-profit organisation with the mission to accelerate sustainable practices in the textile industry. One example is the TE Recycled Claim Standard (RCS), a standard for tracking and verifying the content of recycled materials in a final product. The TE Recycled Claim Standard verifies the presence and amount of recycled material in a final product through input and chain-of-custody verification from a third party. Another example is the Global Recycle Standard (GRS). The objectives of the GRS are to define requirements to ensure accurate content claims and good working conditions, and that harmful environmental and chemical impacts are minimised.
The Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting responsible forestry. FSC certifies forests all over the world to ensure that they meet the highest environmental and social standards. The FSC system also provides a way of tracking forest products through independently verified Chain of Custody (CoC) certification, which verifies that a product contains wood from a certified forest and/or recycled material. Every organisation that forms one of the links in the supply chain must hold their own CoC certificate for the product or publication to claim FSC-certification. A properly labelled product shall carry the FSC™ logo, the label text and the FSC™ trademark licence code. Nilorn offers FSC™ certified paper products.
Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, is a not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. Sedex is also an online database, used by more than 60,000 members in over 180 countries, which allows companies to store and view data on ethical and responsible business practices. Nilorn is a member of Sedex and many of our suppliers participate in the SMETA Audit Program (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit).
SMETA methodology uses the ETI code and local law as their measurement tool. It includes four modules: health and safety, labour standards, environment (optional) and business ethics (optional). At Nilorn, we are audited against SMETA in our own distribution centers and production units in Bangladesh, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Portugal, Turkey and UK.
Worldy and Higg Index
Wordly is a platform that collects high-resolution primary data specific to companies’ value chains, operations and products, providing insight into impacts across carbon, water, chemistry, waste and more. At Nilorn we are implementing the Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM), hosted by Wordly, throughout our supply chain and in own production units.
RISE Chemicals Group
Nilorn is a member of the RISE Chemicals Group. The chemicals group work to distribute the latest information on chemical and environmental issues to its member companies. The network is run by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and collaborates with university and government experts. We participate in the group’s network meetings and use the Chemical Guide in our work to comply with legislation and recommendations.
Nilorn Sweden has implemented an environmental management system in accordance with the requirements in Svensk Miljöbas, which helps us to:
- Improve resource efficiency in areas such as energy, purchase and waste collection
- Create a commitment with employees
- Increase credibility through an independent review of our environmental work
- Reduce environmental impact
- Ensure long-term sustainability work
Cotton Made In Africa
Cotton made in Africa, an initiative of the Aid by Trade Foundation, is an internationally recognised standard for sustainable cotton from Africa. Since 2005, CmiA has been committed to protecting the environment while improving working and living conditions for smallholder farmers and ginnery workers. Nilorn is a partner of CmiA and we provide all standard CmiA hangtags and woven labels.
American Apparel & Footwear Association
Nilorn is a member of American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), which provides exclusive expertise in supply chain management, trade policy, and brand protection to help its members navigate regulations. Members have access to information and insights on regulation and policy, and opportunities for collaboration.
European Outdoor Group
The European Outdoor Group (EOG) is involved in a wide range of activities, including market insights, corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiatives, outdoor retail collaboration, organising and supporting industry events and trade fairs, and representing the outdoor sector. Nilorn is an associated member of the EOG.