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Ortovox wins Fair Wear award

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For the second year in a row, mountain sports expert Ortovox has been awarded leader status by the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF).

The independent non-profit organisation aims to improve social standards and working conditions in the textile industry. Despite sustained growth and new production sites, the Bavarian company has managed to maintain the monitoring of its production companies in accordance with FWF guidelines at 98 per cent, and anchor a clear, measurable sustainability strategy with ProtACT2024.

Stefanie Rieder-Haas, CSR manager at Ortovox: “Achieving FWF leader status each year is a key feature of our sustainability strategy for demonstrating long-term transparency and our continued efforts as a socially responsible company. The fact that with 76 points we have once again achieved leader status is encouraging confirmation that we are on the right path.”

Ortovox has been taking steps toward making its activities relating to increased sustainability tangible and measurable on various levels. This included joining the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and Fair Wear Foundation in 2015. The company then joined the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) in 2016; in 2017 Ortovox published its own wool standard, the Ortovox Wool Promise (OWP), with an auditing protocol that is now on par with the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS).

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