To be better able to drive compliance with social and environmental standards in the global supply chain, the Otto Group participates in a large number of national and international initiatives, is a member of various organisations and is in constant contact with civil society, government and business representatives.
This culture of dialogue also helps us to recognise upcoming challenges at an early stage and to work out solutions together. The Otto Group receives important stimuli and proposals for its own sustainability effort, but also provides input itself and positively influences social development.
Since June 2015 the Otto Group has been a member of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (the Textile Partnership), initiated by the German Federal Government. The Textile Partnership consists of representatives from the textile and clothing industry, retail, non-governmental organisations and government; its aim is to continuously improve social and environmental standards along the global textile value chain. The Otto Group has supported and actively promoted the Textile Partnership from the start so that as many companies as possible could join it. In July 2015, the Otto Group was elected to the Steering Committee of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, where it is to represent the interests of business. For the year 2017 the Otto Group has developed its own roadmap with individual goals. In July 2017, the action plan was published on a voluntary basis following successful external audits.
Dr Johannes Merck, Vice President Corporate Responsibility Otto Group
"For many years already, the Otto Group is convinced that sustainable change is only possible through the power of the many. Based on this belief, we have started numerous initiatives and have engaged in dialogue with civil society, politics and business. Our membership in the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles is therefore a logical consequence of our decade-long social and environmental commitment. The Otto Group has supported and actively promoted the Textile Partnership from the beginning. In 2017, we developed our Roadmap with individual goals and published it on a voluntary basis after a successful external review. With its membership in the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, the Otto Group is committed to its responsibility for social and environmental global supply chains and thus to respecting the Partnership's goals."
The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) includes more than 1,500 companies worldwide and was co-founded by the Otto Group in 2004. The goal of the BSCI is the continuous improvement of working conditions in the international value chain. To achieve this it carries out independent checks, referred to as ‘audits’, at production facilities
The Carbon Performance Improvement Initiative (CPI2) was founded in 2012 on the initiative of the Otto Group together with seven other German retailer companies, with the aim of saving energy in the worldwide supply chain, and thereby protecting the climate. At the heart of CPI2 is an online management tool with which factories can evaluate and control their energy consumption in all areas of the company. CPI2 therefore offers them an opportunity to lower their energy consumption considerably and save substantial costs – to the benefit of the environment.
The Otto Group is a signatory to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the Accord), developed together with international trade union confederations IndustriALL and UNI, the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), the Workers’ Rights Consortium (WRC) and national trade unions. As a member of the Implementation Team, the Otto Group played a major role in the specific design of the Accord. The safety agreement includes binding, implementable and transparent regulations on independent inspections, compulsory maintenance measures and corresponding cost-sharing by international corporate initiators.