Kathmandu Holdings Limited has made significant strides in sustainability this financial year, recently releasing its first combined Sustainability Report since acquiring Rip Curl in late 2019.
Placing people at the core of its sustainability process, the report shines a light on the positive impacts of all three brands Kathmandu, Rip Curl and Oboz across the spectrum of ethical and sustainable practices.
Kathmandu has also celebrated its Rainbow Tick certification in New Zealand for embracing diversity while Oboz announced its workforce has increased to 41 percent female representation. This is the first time Rip Curl has publicly released sustainability goals and metrics. The brand has shared a commitment to follow in Kathmandu’s footsteps by working towards its B-Corp Certification, alongside Oboz. Rip Curl has also maintained a B+ score in the Ethical Fashion Report for two years running.
Rip Curl CEO Michael Daly says the partnership with Kathmandu has accelerated their sustainability journey and made it a priority even within a tough retail climate.
“In this period, we’ve increased the recycled plastic in our polybags by 30 percent and are now using FSC Certified recycled paper swing tags on all our products.”
Group chief executive officer, Xavier Simonet, says the challenge in the coming years will be to bring the brand’s B Corp certification and Fair Labor Organisation accreditation across the group.
Kathmandu CEO, Reuben Casey says while he is proud of Kathmandu’s sustainable milestones, the most rewarding part is how the brand’s focus on people has positively impacted the lives of many workers, both in New Zealand and Australia and in the global supply chain.
“We were ecstatic to be recognised at the 2020 New Zealand Rainbow Excellence Awards, winning the Simpson Grierson Impact Award for our transgender visibility, awareness, and inclusion program,” says Casey.
“This award highlights Kathmandu’s achievements across all pillars of sustainability. Through cultivating inclusive workplace initiatives, we are able to foster a positive and progressive workplace.”