13.06.2017 | Hamburg
The industry initiative CPI2, launched by the Otto Group in 2012, has established a partnership with the world’s most important platform for the sustainable management of textile supply chains, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The common goal is to create synergies and minimise the negative social and environmental impact in global supply chains. Both initiatives provide know-how via digital channels, which manufacturers can use to improve their production processes independently and effectively.
The partnership allows CPI2 and SAC to increase the benefit to manufacturers and to brand and trading companies from the textile and footwear sector. Both organisations have their own web-based platform, SAC’s Higg Index and the CPI2 Know-How Tool, each of which complements the other, thereby helping factories to identify areas of action and develop appropriate measures. Manufacturers and trading companies therefore have a comprehensive set of helpful tools at their disposal to gradually reduce harmful environmental effects in their supply chains.
“The collaboration between CPI2 and SAC provides a win-win situation for all involved”, explains Andreas Streubig, Managing Director of CPI2 GmbH and Division Manager Sustainability Management at the Otto Group. “More than 1,000 factories in 35 countries are now using CPI2 and benefitting from the pragmatic and application-oriented knowledge transfer. This partnership will allow us to expand the field of capacity building and make an even greater contribution to improving production conditions in global supply chains.”
"SAC and CPI2 share a common goal: to drive performance improvement in the apparel, footwear and home textile industry. By partnering with organisations like CPI2, we can leverage additional tools that complement the SAC’s Higg Index to reduce negative environmental impacts across the supply chain“, explains Amina Razvi, Vice President of Membership at the SAC. „We’re excited to collaborate together to achieve the industry change we seek.“
Both partners have agreed to continue to raise the high degree of compatibility between their systems in the future and increase the benefit for users of the Higg Index and CPI2.
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Founded in Germany in 1949, today the Otto Group is a globally operating retail and services group with around 49,750 employees. The Group includes 123 major companies and is present in over 30 countries in Europe, North and South America and Asia. Its business activities are grouped into three segments: Multichannel Retail, Financial Services and Service. In the 2016/17 financial year (to 28 February), according to preliminary calculation the Otto Group generated turnover of 12.5 billion euros. It is one of the world’s largest online retailer. E-commerce, catalogue sales and over-the-counter retail form the three pillars of the Otto Group’s Multichannel Retail strategy. Its worldwide corporate activities, numerous strategic partnerships and joint ventures provide the Otto Group with excellent opportunities to transfer know-how and leverage areas of synergy potential. Group companies operate largely independently, guaranteeing flexibility, customer proximity and optimum target-group appeal in their respective national markets.