Pentland Brands Limited
Our responsibility

Made with care

Respect for people and the environment has long been at the heart of our business


Reducing the environmental impacts of the materials and processes used to make our products


Measuring and reducing the environmental impacts of our facilities and being a great employer

Ethical trade

Sourcing responsibly to improve conditions for the people who make our products


Supporting local communities and charities through product donations, fundraising and volunteering

We partner with others to understand corporate responsibility trends, share experiences, and build relationships that make progress possible. For example, we are a longstanding member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, a board member of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, and a Better Work programme buyer partner.

We report annually on our corporate responsibility commitments and activities. You can download our 2017 Corporate Responsibility Review below:


We want to reduce our environmental footprint across the whole product lifecycle

Reducing the impact of materials

We are investigating the use of materials that have a lower environmental impact than conventional materials but are still cost-effective and produce quality products. We are also a member of the Leather Working Group, which encourages tanneries to use leather responsibly and sustainably.

Restricted substances management

We aim to ensure that customers, workers and the environment are not exposed to harmful chemicals in the manufacture or use of our products. Compliance with our restricted substances policy is a condition of business with our suppliers.

Reducing the impact of packaging

We look for opportunities to reduce packaging size and weight, and to select recycled or more sustainable packaging materials, where appropriate. For example, Speedo’s poolside footwear comes on recycled cardboard hangers instead of in boxes, significantly reducing the amount of packaging required.

Supply chain environmental footprint

We are working with suppliers and other brands to better understand our supply chain’s environmental footprint. We also choose to use shipping rather than air freight, where possible.


For more examples of our work in this area, please read our 2017 Corporate Responsibility Review.


We are improving efficiency, reducing waste and looking after our employees

Cutting energy use and carbon emissions

Efficiency is built into the design of our newest buildings, which make good use of natural light and natural ventilation. To reduce the energy required for lighting further, we have introduced light and motion sensors and more efficient bulbs at several of our facilities.

Generating less waste and recycling more

We promote recycling at all our facilities and have centralised bins that help employees to quickly and easily segregate paper, cardboard and plastics. We separately collect wood, metal, electronic waste, and photocopier and printer toner cartridges. We have also introduced a new printing project that will aim to save more than 6.5 million sheets of paper by 2020.

Attracting and keeping the best people

Our business depends on the talent, creativity and dedication of our people. It’s important that they understand their unique value and how they contribute to our success, and that we provide a supportive and inspiring environment for them to develop. support people to develop in an inspiring environment. In 2015, 88% of Pentland Brand employees said we’re a great place to work.


For more examples of our work in this area, please read our 2017 Corporate Responsibility Review.

Ethical trade

We’re committed to improving working conditions for the people that make our products

Our Code of Employment Standards for Suppliers reflects globally recognised labour standards. It’s aligned with the Ethical Trading Initiative’s Base Code. The Code specifies that:

  • workers should receive a living wage
  • working hours should not be excessive
  • working conditions must be safe and hygienic
  • child labour must not be used
  • employment should be freely chosen
  • discrimination must not be practised
  • there must be no harsh or inhumane treatment
  • freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining must be respected
  • regular employment should be provided
  • unauthorised subcontracting is not permitted

We monitor our partners’ performance against these standards through regular factory assessments. Where we identify room for improvement, we work with the partners to make positive changes. In 2015, 50,350 workers benefitted from better working conditions as a result of improvement programmes.

Collaborating with others

We work with other organisations to help find lasting solutions to ethical trade issues. We are a longstanding member of the Ethical Trading Initiative. We also partner Better Work, which aims to improve compliance with labour standards and competitiveness in global supply chains. And we were a founding member of the ACT Foundation - a collaboration of brands, retailers and the global union IndustriALL pushing for living wages in apparel and footwear supply chains.

Ethical trade

Find out more about our partnerships in our 2017 Corporate Responsibility Review.

Factory Transparency

Pentland Brands is committed to continually developing transparency and public reporting.

Being transparent about who and where we source from helps us work in a more, constructive, open and collaborative way with our suppliers, other brands, NGOs and civil society. We’ve published a complete list of our tier 1 assembly factories below.

The factory list currently includes all tier 1 factory sites assembling our finished goods for retail, inclusive of approved subcontractors performing assembly processes such as cutting and/or sewing.

The list does not include sites subcontracted to provide specialist processes for our tier 1 assembly factories, eg. panel embroidery & printing, suppliers to our licensed partners, not-for-retail product, or suppliers, factories and producers beyond tier 1.

The data we report is taken from Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC). Pentland have been subscribers to the cloud-based factory management system since 2012 and are pleased to be members of their steering committee, contributing to developing the system’s performance to meet the current and future needs of industry. At Pentland Brands we use FFC to database factory ethical performance information, such as social audits, and to monitor and progress improvement initiatives. The system provides instant, anytime data access to our employees who engage with supply chain and allows us to efficiently collaborate with other subscribing brands and retailers in sharing our audits and findings and leveraging improvements.

How we define tiers in our supply chain, what we list, and our supply chain mapping progress;

Tier Definitiion Listed Our Mapping Progress
1 Production/assembly sites Yes 100%
1 Specialist processing sites No Majority
2 Material/component production process sites No Partial
3 Chemical suppliers No Limited
4 Raw Materials No Limited

How we define factory ‘Parent Company’; A parent company known to us as having ownership or control of multiple factories. The ‘parent’ may control a single factory or multiple factories within our factory list. Where a factory has no known parent company we reference as N/A.

All factories listed were active as of 10/09/2018. We update and republish this list every 6 months.


We’re helping local communities and charities to make a difference in people’s lives

We have three Pentland-wide charity partners. Our brands also have the flexibility to support causes that are most relevant to them.

Product donations

For over a decade, we have partnered In Kind Direct. This organisation redistributes surplus goods from brands and retailers to UK charities working at home and abroad. We have a long term partnership with In Kind Direct. Some 675 charities received product donations from us in 2015 through this scheme.

Fundraising and volunteering

In November 2014, we launched ‘Give Back Day’, our new, company-wide volunteering programme which gives every Pentland employee one paid day per year to volunteer, as part of their team. In 2015, 29 teams across Pentland participated in Give Back Days.

Many of our teams enjoy volunteering as a way to combine team building with giving back to their local communities. Our brands also directly support relevant charities.

Global charity partnerships

In 2015 our employees helped us to choose three charity partners that had values close to our own, healthy living, community support and environmental.

We’ve just finished our search for new charity partners to help empower disadvantaged communities and get people living more active and healthy lifestyles. From nearly 200 applications we have selected our new partners and will be announcing them later this year.


For more examples of our work in this area, please read our 2017 Corporate Responsibility Review.

Case Studies

British Paralympic Association

We are a supporter of the British Paralympic Association. As the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) for Great Britain, it’s their responsibility to select, prepare, enter, fund and manage the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team at the Paralympic Games, known as ParalympicsGB.

ParalympicsGB has a proud track record of coming in the top three at the last four summer Games. For London their two ambitions were; to win more medals across more sports than in Beijing and to use the power of the home Games to shift perceptions of disability sport and disabled people.

Find out more here:

Working with the Responsible Down Standard

In early 2015, Berghaus, our primary user of down, started working with the Responsible Down Standard (RDS). The newly launched AW16 range has been made using 100% RDS certified down.

The RDS standard independently verifies that all feathers are collected as a by-product of the meat industry or collected from the ground. They also check that animal rights have been respected, with no live-plucking and no force feeding of the animals, which can happen in foie gras production.

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Partnering with the Leather Working Group

As a shoe manufacturer, leather is an important material for us. It’s perfect for creating good quality shoes that last. So we want to make sure we’re sourcing it responsibly, making sure tanneries provide people with a safe environment to work in, and minimise harm to local environments.

Pentland is a member of the Leather Working Group (LWG), an independent organisation that audits environmental standards in tanneries. In 2015, 90% of Lacoste’s and Berghaus’ leather was from medal rated tanneries.

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Making environmentally friendly materials with Goretex

In 2015, Berghaus partnered with Goretex to extend its Colour Kind range – which uses dyeing techniques that use far less water and energy than traditional ones.

When compared with conventional dyeing processes, textile processing for Berghaus ColourKind styles uses 89% less water, 63% fewer chemicals and 62% less CO2. The range is predicted to save more than 5 million tonnes of water and 14.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

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Improving working conditions with Better Work

We partner the Better Work programme, an International Labour Organization and International Finance Corporation initiative. It makes ethical trade assessments and runs programs to make sure factories meet labour standards.

In 2015:

  • We collaborated with Better Work in nine factories across Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia.
  • We estimate Better Work made a positive impact on over 23,203 workers in our supply base.
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Reducing carbon emissions at our operations

In 2015, we reduced our group CO2 emissions by around seven per cent compared with the previous reporting period – from 42,234 tonnes to 39,294 tonnes – despite growing our sales.

Towards the end of 2015 we put in place schemes to reduce our energy use further. We replaced the main boilers at our London HQ, which should reduce gas use by 40 per cent. We also upgraded our surveillance systems to use infrared night vision, so we can switch off external lighting at night.

In Kind Direct

In Kind Direct was founded in 1996, by HRH The Prince of Wales, to provide an efficient way for businesses to donate their products to charity.

It now receives surplus goods from over 850 companies, which are made available for free to around 6,000 community and voluntary organisations.

We have partnered with In Kind Direct for 15 years; in 2014 nearly 500 charitable organisations received donations of Pentland products.

For more information please visit

Special Olympics GB

Special Olympics GB uses sport to transform the lives of 8000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities so that they can have the opportunities, support, confidence and friendships to be who they were born to be. They are not just about sport - they integrate health, wellbeing, social inclusion and empowerment into all that they do.

Pentland, Speedo and JD Sports are proud supporters of Special Olympics GB.

There are more than 1.2 million children and adults in Great Britain with intellectual disabilities. It’s the most common disability in the UK. Children and young people with intellectual disabilities are disadvantaged as they can find it harder than others to make friends, learn, understand and communicate. Children with an intellectual disability are socially excluded and 8 out of 10 are bullied, whilst 1 in 3 people with an intellectual disability experience emotional and health problems associated with inactivity.

The sports training offered by Special Olympics' 150 GB-wide sports clubs and hundreds of competitions each year has been proven to address these problems and create happier, healthier children and adults with intellectual disabilities who are included within their communities and society as a whole.

Special Olympics GB

Peace and Sport

We are a supporter of ‘L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport’ (known as Peace and Sport). Founded in 2007, by Modern Pentathlon Olympic medallist and world champion Joel Bouzou, the organisation works for sustainable peace, throughout the world.

To achieve this, it promotes the practice of structured sport and sporting values to educate younger generations and help foster social stability, reconciliation and dialogue between communities. Peace and Sport intervenes in areas made vulnerable by extreme poverty, recent conflict or lack of social cohesion.

A neutral and apolitical organisation based in Monaco, Peace and Sport is a global initiative under the High Patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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Clinton Global Initiative

We are a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) an organisation aiming to turn ideas into action.

Established in 2005, by President Bill Clinton, CGI, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. To fulfil the action-oriented mission of CGI, members devise practical solutions to global issues through the development of specific and measurable ‘Commitments to Action’. To date CGI members have made nearly 2,500 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries.

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The Prince’s Trust

We have long been a supporter of The Prince’s Trust, a charity set up by The Prince of Wales in 1976. The charity gives practical and financial support to disadvantaged young people, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation.

The charity works with 13 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.

Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training and youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity, while youth crime costs £1 billion every year. The Prince's Trust has helped more than 750,000 young people since 1976, and supports 100 more each working day. More than three in four young people the Trust helped last year moved into work, education or training.

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Corporate Responsibility Reviews

We report annually on our corporate responsibility performance:

Modern Slavery Reports

Pentland Brands' Business Standards policies

‘Our Standards’ are available to download in these languages.

Vulnerable workers policies

Our vulnerable workers policies provide guidance to help protect the most vulnerable
in our supply chain.

Managing restricted substances

Our Restricted Substances List (RSL) provides details of the chemicals that are restricted by Pentland.

Animal skins, furs and feathers

Our policy on the use of animal skins, furs and feathers.