Sustainability and the Environment

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At MUSTO, we are committed to creating products that are manufactured under fair, legal and safe working conditions.

We audit our factories independently according to our 22 point criteria and Code of Conduct for Suppliers (CCS). This is carried out on an annual basis.

We have a good relationship with the select factories we work with and all new factories are carefully screened in accordance with our CCS. If a factory was to be audited and not meet our standards, we would work with that factory to help it improve and comply with our CCS rather than cease trading which could have a negative impact upon the workers due to loss of trade. We currently only assess our tier one supply chain connections but we aim to extend this to our tier two supply chain connections in the future.

Our main areas of focus are:

Employment is freely chosen

- Factories should not employ forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour.
- Employees are free to leave their employer after reasonable notice.
- Obligations to employees under labour or social security laws and regulations arising from the regular employment relationship shall not be avoided through the use of labour-only contracting arrangements, or through apprenticeship schemes where there is no real intent to impart skills or provide regular employment.
- Younger workers shall be given the opportunity to participate in education and training programmes.

There is no discrimination in employment

All aspects of employment relationship shall be based on the principle of equal opportunities, regardless of race, colour, sex, religion, political affiliation, union membership, nationality, social origin, deficiencies or handicaps.

Child labour must not be used

- There should be no form of slavery or practices similar to slavery.
- The age for employment shall not be less than the age of completion of compulsory schooling and in any case not less than 15 years.

Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining

- The right of all workers to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively shall be recognized.
- The employer adopts an open attitude towards the activities of trade unions and their organizational activities.

Payment of a living wage

- Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week shall at least meet legal or industry minimum standards and always be sufficient to meet basic needs of workers and their families.
- Deductions from wages for disciplinary measures shall not be permitted.
- Employees shall be adequately and clearly informed about specifications of their wages including wage rates and pay period.

Working hours should not be excessive

- In any event, workers should not be required to work in excess of 48 hours per week and given one day off in every 7 day period.
- Overtime should be voluntary and shall not exceed 12 hours per week.

Safe and healthy working conditions

- A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided.
- Access to clean toilet facilities and portable water plus sanitary facilities for food storage shall be provided.
- Where accommodation is provided it shall be clean, safe, and meet the basic needs of workers.

When it comes to our day-to-day operations, it’s one of our goals to make as little impact as possible on the environment. We’re constantly evaluating the strategies we have in place to better suit the needs of the world around us.

Our current strategy to address the impact our business has upon the environment is made up of four key initiatives;

Energy efficiency – Energy efficiency is a key component of our environmental program. Reducing the energy we use in our various locations both helps the environment and saves us money. Our main energy use is electricity in lighting, heating and office equipment. Employees are encouraged to turn off lights when not required, to keep rooms at a reasonable temperature when appropriate clothing is being worn (we are a clothing company!), not to use the air conditioning unless it’s really necessary and to turn off office equipment rather than leave it on standby. Also, we are using reusable packaging for the vast majority of our e-commerce despatches, both mailers and cartons. In Laindon, we have installed movement detectors that control the lighting so, if after a short period there is no movement, the lighting will automatically switch off. In addition, as we open and refurbish facilities, we will be using, where practical, LED Lighting. We will regularly review our suppliers and, when viable, endeavour to use green power. Several years ago, we instigated a procedure with an external partner to monitor our energy consumption and we continue to seek ways to improve our energy efficiency.

Travel reduction – We have to visit suppliers and customers; without these partners and the relationships we maintain with them we may not have a viable business. We will, however, keep the number of times we visit them in a year to a minimum by using alternative methods of communication as a preferred option. Where we do travel, we will encourage employees to visit multiple partners in a region in one trip rather than make multiple shorter trips. We have also invested in video conferencing facilities in our key locations and have installed Skype for Business on our own equipment as alternative methods of communication.

Waste Minimisation – The majority of our waste is packaging. We endeavour to minimise the use of packaging materials at product design stage but must ensure that products are well presented to the end consumer at point of sale. We have a policy of reusing packaging whenever possible, including inbound packaging reused to ship outbound goods. When that’s not possible, or a box becomes too old to reuse, we recycle. Non-cardboard waste, such as plastics and florescent tubes, are also recycled. Since 2009, we have instigated an objective of increasing the number of items we ship in each carton. Much like our reductions in energy consumption, this objective also makes financial sense for the business. More items in each package means fewer boxes used and, in turn, lower shipping costs.

As a retailer both on and offline, we recognise that our purchase of paper for use in items such as shopping bags and catalogues has an environmental impact. We are committed to only buying paper that is harvested and manufactured responsibly. We give preference to paper that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). FSC certification helps to ensure that the paper we use comes from verified sources.

We actively discourage attendees at our own internal meetings from printing documents for said meetings. We have equipped our main meeting rooms with large format AV facilities to negate the need for hand-outs or multiple printed decks. Instead, documents are referenced on screen or on personal laptops. We have placed waste paper recycling bins adjacent to all printing stations so that the inevitable misprints and any paper waste is collated for recycling.

As a business, our total waste output is monitored and certified by Wastepack in compliance with the Environment Agencies Packaging Waste Regulations.

Supply Chain – MUSTO products are often used primarily to keep the wearer safe, and often to protect them in potentially life threatening situations. This means that, in some cases, we are not yet able to use as environmentally friendly materials and processes as we would ideally like. A failure of the product would not be acceptable and potentially catastrophic. However, MUSTO was founded by an engineer, and in that same spirit we are known as an innovator. MUSTO is renowned for excellent engineering in our products and we are committed and relentless in our pursuit of making better products.

MUSTO also follows a mantra of built to last. We also guarantee our performance products against defects and failure for a reasonable serviceable lifetime. We still offer a repair service and where ever possible we will endeavour to make an existing item fit for purpose again rather than resign it to the bin. In contrast to many of our other initiatives, this may not seem like the best way to grow our business. However, the durability of MUSTO products reduces our environmental impact and ultimately fuels our reputation.

Since supporting Ellen MacArthur through her sailing career, MUSTO now supports the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. A national organisation, it gives young people between the ages of 8-24 who are in recovery from cancer the opportunity to rebuild their confidence through the new and fantastic experience of sailing. The majority of our young people who sail for the first time have finished treatment and are in the process of putting their lives back together. The trust works with every young person’s primary cancer care unit in the UK. These primary care units deal with around 95% of young people being treated for cancer in the UK, so working with these key hospitals offers the greatest opportunity to allow the young people to find out and sign up for their sailing trips.
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Musto Sustainable and the Environment

We are committed to making a difference to the lives of people in our communities and the environments we work in.

As well as minimising our impact on the environment, as a business that benefits from the environment, we have a duty to put something back.

We proudly support the work of a number of trusts, charities and organisations whose work is directly connected to the environments where the sports and pastimes enjoyed by MUSTO consumers take place.

We will soon be updating information on this page regarding the organisations we support.

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Our MUSTO brand is built upon the oceans and the outdoors. These are the stadiums where our sportspeople compete and our apparel is engineered.

Sailors harness the power of the wind to travel or race on rivers, seas or oceans and so are protective of the waters they cross. Those who participate in country sports contribute towards enhancing the environment ashore and actively contribute to the biodiversity of the countryside.

Many MUSTO employees and customers are actively involved in our sports which lead to a strong understanding of the importance of environmental protection and a desire for improvement.

Commercially, MUSTO would cease to exist without healthy oceans as our race track and without the great outdoors as a sporting venue. So, it makes sense that whilst going about our business, we also do all we can to reduce the impact that our business has on the environment.

At MUSTO, it is one of our priorities to run our business with sensitivity to the world around us.

We are committed to a program of continuous improvement to minimise the impact on the environment and we will engage our business partners, employees and customers to reduce their own impact through sustainable business practices. This includes closely working with W. L. Gore & Associates who have published their Gore Fabrics Responsibility Update .

To make progress we have developed initiatives in the following areas:

• Sustainability and the Environment
• Fair Labour Policies
• Community

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