Respect Program

  • OUR PROCESS OF SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND OUR COMMITMENT TO RESPECT THE MOUNTAINS AND TO A SPORT THAT RESPECTS THE ENVIRONMENT.

RESPECT
at the heart of rossignol group’s mission

For several years, we have been seeking to deliver solutions to the challenges currently facing society: how can we maintain an economic performance that supports our businesses and our employees while minimising our environmental impact and thus contributing to a sustainable future? Our approach is certainly incomplete and imperfect as yet, but we want to put in place as quickly and as socially and environmentally responsible as possible a process that represents progress, sharing a joint vision of sustainable development with the various brands and sites that make up our Group. By manufacturing our products in the way that best respects the environment, in terms of both the materials and the manufacturing processes used. By helping to protect our playing field and the communities that keep it alive.
We invite you to learn about our actions for progress, and reiterate our commitment to respecting the principles of the United Nations Global Compact, of which we have been members since 2015.

Background

The RESPECT programme

Rossignol Group is taking the environmental challenges to heart and committing to deploy concrete actions to protect its playing field. To this end, we are committed to meeting the following objectives:

1. Reducing our carbon footprint by 30% by 2030 and aiming to be carbon neutral by 2050.

2. Reducing our waste by 40% by 2025.

3. Taking action to continually improve working conditions and quality of life for our employees and partners

Our RESPECT programme is structured around 4 main themes:

Products that respect the environment

Rossignol is committing to produce eco-designed products that incorporate recycled materials and approved natural materials. We are also seeking effective end-of-life solutions for these products, while reducing waste and packaging as much as possible both in the logistics chain and in factories. All these actions combined will enable Rossignol to progressively reduce the environmental impact of its products.

A social commitment to respect our community:

At Rossignol, human resources are as fundamental as the environment. They are at the heart of the Group’s global strategy. With this in mind, Rossignol has put exemplary practices in place in terms of safety, ethics, management, and social performance. The Group is thereby working to improve working conditions for everyone, treat every employee fairly and equally, and strive for their everyday well-being.

Partners who work alongside us in respecting the environment:

Respect requires consistency, and unwavering attention to detail. The values of respect are shared at all levels, both internally and externally with our partners. The highest standards, that require every individual working within the Rossignol ecosystem to sign the Group’s CSR code of conduct.

Respecting our playing field, the mountains:

Respect quite clearly means respect for the environment, for nature, and particularly for the mountains. As a true “actor” wishing to drive change, Rossignol Group regularly undertakes concrete actions with the general public through sponsorship, awareness-raising about sustainable development, and solidarity operations..

MANIFESTO

Our initiatives in winter sports equipment

Our Group has already undertaken a number of ecological-transition actions with the aim of reducing its impact on the environment. To this end, our factories at Artés in Spain and Sallanches and Nevers in France have all been ISO 14001 certified since 2006, 2012 and July 2019 respectively. This is the most stringent environmental standard.

ISO 14001 is an international standard for environmental management. It is based on the principle of continuous improvement in environmental performance through management of the impacts related to the company’s activity. Rossignol is thus engaged in an ongoing commitment to reducing pollution and to continuous improvement.

Background

MATERIALS AND PRODUCTION THAT ARE MORE RESPECTFUL OF THE ENVIRONMENT:

We are striving to reduce our environmental impact as much as possible by using the most environmentally friendly materials in our products.

MATERIALS AND PRODUCTION THAT ARE MORE RESPECTFUL OF THE ENVIRONMENT:

 Reducing polluting substances in the production of all our ranges:
One example is our ski helmets, for which we are now using a new, more environmentally friendly material: it is 100 % recyclable, and no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) or other compounds known to be particularly harmful to the environment are used in its manufacture.
We have received an IPSO Award for this product in recognition of these environmental criteria, and for the conditions of its manufacture (an Asian factory whose social audit indicates no non-compliance).

Promoting the use of natural, certified materials with a recognised label

Our ski factory at Artés in Spain has been certified since 2019 for the use of PEFC and FSC labelled wood core.

Encouraging the use of recycled materials

In skis: 100% of edges manufactured from recycled steel / soles manufactured from recycled materials (30%)
In ski boots: recovery, grinding down and reinjection of offcuts during injection moulding of ski-boot shells.

Artés factory in Spain:
100% renewable energy.

Installing photovoltaic panels on-site at our Saint-Jean-de-Moirans head office:

  • 5 panel boxes installed
  • 195 kWc of power from the installation
  • Estimated annual production of 200,000 kWh
  • This represents 9% of our annual consumption

OUR INITIATIVES IN APPAREL AND FOOTWEAR

Rossignol Group is joining other major brands in the fashion industry in committing to the G7 Fashion Pact and signing the United Nations Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action.

RESPONSIBLE DOWN, WOOL AND LEATHER:

64% of our range uses synthetic down, and 19% uses down labelled “Duvet du Faubourg”, a high-end standard for responsible down in France. Following recent scandals highlighting the unacceptable conditions in which angora and mohair wools were obtained, we have decided to stop using them once and for all (effective from 2021 for mohair). We have also stopped working with Australian wool, again due to the mistreatment of animals, unless it comes with a “non-mulesing” certificate. Essentially, we have raised our expectations of our suppliers on various points and clarified them in a new Code of Conduct:

  • Down, feathers and leather must be by-products of the agri-food chain.
  • The use of down and feathers obtained by live plucking of animals is prohibited.
  • The use of down and feathers from the “foie-gras » production chain is prohibited.

NO ANIMAL FUR, AND LOCAL CLOTHING RANGES:

As announced at COP 2017/18, we have completely stopped using animal fur. We only use synthetic fur.

Our “Atelier S” freeride range is 100% produced in France, in a workshop in the Drôme region. These innovative garments are totally seamless. They respect the environment, using Sympatex®, a waterproof, windproof and breathable fabric which uses no PTFE or PFC, is made with 100% recycled materials, and is 100% recyclable and bluesign® certified. It’s the creme de la creme of ecological fabrics! Our urban range designed with stylist Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is 100% produced in Italy.

APPAREL & PRIMALOFT

We work closely with PRIMALOFT to use recycled materials in the synthetic insulation of our SPORT CHIC range, with slight differences by category:

100% recycled materials used in SKI sport chic products
80% recycled materials used in APRES SKI sport chic products