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Sustainability at Nilorn For Nilorn, sustainability means working towards meeting the needs of ­people and society without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs – acting in the long-term interests of many people. Nilorn’s i­ nitiatives are driven by a combination of proven best practice and ­innovation. Nilorn engages with key stakeholders on sustainability topics and uses its knowledge and influence to advocate for positive change. • Nilorn’s actions aim to have an overall positive impact on the ­planet and

contribute to protecting biodiversity, animal welfare, sustainable use of

resources and the ­development of a value chain that has a low carbon impact. • Nilorn is committed to ­having a positive ­influence on people’s lives

impacted by its business; based on the respect for human rights, m ­ eaningful community involvement and shared values.

GLOBAL COMPACT Nilorn has signed the UN Global Compact’s principles of sustainability. The Global Compact is the largest corporate s­ ustainability initiative with more than 12 000 participating companies and organisations in over 170 countries.

Nilorn is committevd to the 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labour,

the environment and anti-corruption, based on the U ­ nited ­Nations ­Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO Declaration on ­Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on e ­ nvironment and ­development and the UN ­Convention against Corruption.


Corporate social responsibility And what it means to nilorn

The aim of our Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Policy is to set the framework for our daily operations and guide us towards a s­ ustainable ­business practice. We are focusing on 3 areas: ethical, ­environmental and ­social responsibility. AS A GUIDE IN OUR WORK, WE HAVE IDENTIFIED THE N ­ ILORN CORE VALUES

These values are practices a N ­ ilorn employee should apply daily, in all work situations. They form a common ­platform, strengthen teamwork, explain who we are and why we act like we do.

Passion Innovation Respect Teamwork Common sense Responsibility Execute NILORN CORE VALUES


Ethical responsibility All Nilorn businesses shall comply with both national and international

laws and ethics. Nilorn’s policy is to cooperate only with other parties who do the same. Business relationships shall be built on honesty and mutual respect. ­Confidential information shall always be treated as confidential and ­agreements shall be respected.

As a supplier of labels and branding products made from materials

­sometimes derived from animal origin, we recognise our responsibility to protect animal welfare. Our policy for raw materials with animal origin is implemented in the supply chain.

Environmental responsibility At Nilorn we are committed to reducing the environmental impact of ­everything we do - designing a product, choosing production ­processes, choosing a supplier, planning the logistics etc. The majority of our p ­ roducts

are OEKO-TEX® certified and we are also able to offer ­bluesign® certified products, both in Europe and Asia.

Our aim is to be a genuinely environmentally-friendly company, not just

selling eco-friendly products when we are asked for them. Both m ­ aterials and mode of transportation are almost always decided by the customer. Our

role in guiding the customer in finding better alternatives is becoming more and more important and we see an increased interest from our customers.

All employees must be aware of Nilorn’s environmental policy and

be ­given basic environmental training during their induction, while the ­training of key individuals will be more extensive. We also follow up on our suppliers environmental programs.


Social responsibility NILORN CODE OF CONDUCT Nilorn’s Supplier Code of Conduct is

based on the ETI Base Code (more information at www.ethicaltrade.org). The Code of ­ Conduct lays out the

overall ethical approach for us and our suppliers.

OEKO-TEX® metal buttons bluesign® silicon zipper puller

Sedex Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, is a not-for-profit membership

organisation dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices. Sedex has created the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) – a common audit methodology and report format. At Nilorn, we are audited against SMETA in our own factories in Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Portugal and Turkey.


Supplier evaluations and agreements SUPPLIER EVALUATIONS Nilorn sets out an annual plan for supplier evaluation including

­follow-ups. All suppliers with a specified volume are evaluated once a

year. The a­ ppraisal is planned and topics discussed/evaluated include: ­delivery r­eliability, product quality, service, product development, eco-

nomy and approach to the environment. The supplier is awarded a grade as a ­result of the evaluation, and, if necessary, an action plan is developed and ­implemented to make any required improvements. SUPPLIER AGREEMENTS Nilorn’s policy is to have signed agreements with all main ­suppliers. This agreement regulates lead-time, packing, freight, payment terms, ­warranty, quality control, chemical requirements and confidentiality.

Most importantly we focus on having a very close dialogue and frequent

meetings with all prioritised suppliers. HR POLICY

The aim of the Nilorn Human Resource policy is to create an efficient and

attractive working environment. It regulates what the company expects of its employees and what employees should expect of the company.

The HR policy covers: management responsibility for developing

its staff, information supplied to all employees, annual development ­interviews, payments and IT usage.


Our products and offer Nilorn offers a complete branding package with the emphasis on the ­customer’s image, profile and identity. Our aim is to be the first choice for everyone who ­cares about the environment. The Nilorn product line ­includes a wide variety of branding items, ranging from woven labels to packaging and accessories. MATERIALS AND PRODUCTION Our designers work very closely with our sourcing and product development team to find innovative materials. Our goal is to ­provide a better choice of products without compromising d ­ esign integrity. Nilorn

offers many different materials for a wide range of uses, including paper, textiles, plastic and metal, to name just a few. We also focus on products with less ­environmental impact in our c­ oncept collections.

FSC paper bluesign® silicon Recycled polyester string


Nilorn products TEXTILES WOVEN/PRINTED • bluesign® • STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, class 1 • Recycled polyester • Organic cotton

PAPER • FSC paper • Recycled paper

PLASTICS • Recycled plastics • Bio-plastics • STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, class 1


HEAT TRANSFER • bluesign® • STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, class 1

LEATHER • LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®, class 1 • Recycled leather



REACH stands for Registration, ­Evaluation, ­Authorisation

(Registration Evaluation Authorisation Restriction of

the European Union - which came into force on 1st June


and Restriction of Chemicals. REACH is a regulation of 2007 - ­adopted to improve the ­protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by ­chemicals, while ­enhancing the competitiveness of the EU

­chemicals ­industry. It also promotes alternative methods for the ­hazard assessment of substances in order to ­reduce

the number of tests on animals.

The REACH regulation specifies a list of ­restricted

­chemical substances and REACH affects all EU-actors that professionally manufacture, import, sell, buy,

­distribute or use chemicals as such and in articles. One of the major e­ lements of the regulation is the requirement to ­communicate information up and down the supply chain.


Nilorn is participating in the Chemicals Group at Swerea


on the environment and human health, to its member

IVF. The Chemicals Group exists to ­disseminate the l­ atest

findings related to chemicals and their ­potential ­impacts companies. The chemical g ­ uidance developed by the

­initiative supports us as members to be updated about relevant legal requirements.

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Certifications bluesign®

The bluesign® initiative puts the whole production chain in

­focus. This is something that we at Nilorngruppen have found

to be very well aligned with our own ambitions and, as of 2013, we are a bluesign® system partner.

In the bluesign® system chemicals suppliers, textile

­manufacturers and brands are linked together to foster a healthy, responsible and profitable textile industry.

The aim is to reduce and replace all chemicals that are ­potentially hazardous to people and our environment.

bluesign® certification not only indicates that the

­product itself is made using materials that are c­ onsidered more e­ nvironmentally sound, but that the e­ ntire chain

of ­production – from raw materials to the ­finished product delivered to the end consumer – has as little ­environmental impact as possible.

THERE ARE FIVE BLUESIGN® PRINCIPLES: • Resource productivity • Consumer safety • Water emission • Air emission

• Occupational health and safety Consumer products carrying the bluesign® product label meet the strict safety and environmental requirements

of the bluesign® criteria. These ­products are made of

­bluesign® approved fabrics and a­ ccessories.

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Certifications STANDARD 100 BY OEKO-TEX®

The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is an ­independent

test and certification system for raw, semi-­finished and

­finished textile products at all processing ­levels, as well as accessory materials used. WHAT IS OEKO-TEX 100? The OEKO-TEX® testing for harmful substances is

always geared towards how the textile will actually be used. The more closely the product is in contact with the

skin, the stricter the human ecology requirements that it

must meet. There are 4 different product classes based on respective purpose of the textile and material. The more intensive the skin contact of a textile (and the more

sensitive the skin), the stricter the requirements that ­

need to be fulfilled in terms of human ecology. Nilorn ­certificate has product class 1, the highest level (textile articles for babies and toddlers up to 3 years old etc). RECYCLED POLYESTER

We offer recycled polyester for different uses such as ­woven labels, felt and embroidery. Recycled ­polyester

can also be blended, with a warp in polyester and a weft in cotton.

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Paper FSC

When environmentally friendly paper is desired, N ­ ilorn offers the option of FSC certification. To meet this ­

­requirement, the printer must be FSC certified and the

paper comes from wood from forests certified to FSC standards or other controlled sources.

FSC stands for ’Forest Stewardship Council’, an

international non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting responsible forestry.

FSC certifies forests all over the world to ensure they

meet the highest environmental and social standards.

Products carrying the FSC label are independently

certified to assure consumers that they come from forests that are managed to meet social, economic and ecological

needs. A properly labelled product shall both carry the FSC symbol and the certificate number.


Recycling of paper not only makes the best use of the

yield of the tree, by extending the life span of its fibres, but it also reduces the amount of waste going to landfill.

Recycled paper can be made of both pre- and post-­

consumer waste paper. Usually a higher percentage level of post-­consumer waste is a better choice.


Tree-free paper is an alternative to wood-pulp ­­paper -

it can be made of cotton, hemp, straw and other fibres. Not all tree-free paper in its current state will meet the

­production printing standards, this is something that has to be explored more.

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Plastics GENERAL

Plastic is not a single material but a large group of ­materials each with widely different properties. Most ­plastic grades are possible to recycle, often up to 10 t­ imes. It is i­mportant to mark the product clearly, noting the

­information about material content and how to take care of the ­product at ­end-of-life. If all plastic went to material

recycling and e­ nergy recovery, it would lead to improved resource ­efficiency and increased environmental benefits.


Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) is a thermoplastic

­derived from petroleum used mainly in the plastic bag and film ­industry. Polyethelene is the most common

plastic and easy to recycle. Recycled LDPE can be recycled a­gain, however there is often a colour and surface smoothness difference from virgin plastic.


Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) is an ethylene-vinyl acetate

copolymer. EVA plastic is a non-hazardous plastic ­unless hazardous additives are added, such as h ­ alogenated flame retardants in electronic products, for example.


Polypropylene (PP) is the world’s second-most w ­ idely

produced synthetic plastic, after polyethylene. It is a ­thermoplastic used in a variety of applications ­including

packaging for consumer products, plastic parts for ­various industries (including the automotive industry), household appliances and textiles.

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Plastics PU

There are various types of polyurethanes (PU), which look and feel very different from each other. They are

used in a range of products, from coatings in textile

­industry and adhesives to shoe soles. Polyurethane is ­recycled in two primary ways: mechanical recycling,

in which the m ­ aterial is reused in its polymer form and chemical ­recycling that takes the material back

into oligomers or monomers s­uitable for processing new polyurethanes.


Polystyrene (PS) is a common thermoplastic polymer

which softens when heated and can be converted into a wide range of finished articles, polystyrene is rigid when finished and is used for articles such as clips and seals.

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Bio-Plastics GENERAL

Traditionally plastic is made of oil, but it may also come from other sources. Renewable raw materials such as starch, lactic acid or ethanol from sugar cane can also become plastic. These types are called bio-plastic.









renewable resources (bio-based plastics) and plastics that biodegrade under controlled conditions at the end

of their use phase. Bio-based plastics are plastics made

in whole or partially from biological resources. The renewable resources used today are mainly derived from

agriculture such as grains, corn, potatoes, sugar beet/

sugar cane or vegetable oils. The plastics degrade by

microorganisms into water, carbon dioxide (or methane) and biomass under specified conditions. Nilorn

continues to research bio-plastics and their viability in our industry.


Compostable plastics are biodegradable plastics that

undergo a biodegradation process under controlled conditions




typical of industrial composting facilities.


Under controlled conditions biodegradable plastic can degrade in approx. 6 months, if left in landfill or domestic compost facility the degradation will have

the same outcome but the time scale will be longer and dependant on the conditions in which it is held.

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Animal-based materials used in our products shall

only be obtained as a by-product and not the sole purpose of the slaughter of an animal and never

from ­ vulnerable or ­ endangered species that appear

on the ­ CITES (­Convention on International Trade in

­Endangered S ­ pecies) or IUCN (International Union for the ­Conservation of Nature) lists.


Hydroki® is a STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® ­certified leather. An alternative to real leather is ­Microki®, a

­microfibre material developed to reach the same high ­standard but without an animal origin.

Hydroki® leather


Recycled leather is usually a mix of recycled natural ­leather fibres, synthetic fibers and natural binders. It could be production waste that is used.

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Cotton made in Africa Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) is an Aid by Trade 足Foundation initiative that helps people help themselves

through trade. Specifically, it works for the improvement of living conditions for a large number of smallholder cotton farmers and their relatives in Africa.

More than one million smallholder farmers (of

which 17% are female farmers) and some 11,000 factory workers in the so-called cotton ginneries are currently

part of the CmiA program. CmiA is active in Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mozambique

as well as Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda. Farmers are

trained in modern, efficient and environmentally friendly 足cultivation methods that help them improve their farm

work and finally the living conditions of their families and future generations by sustainable means.

An alliance of international textile companies built up by CmiA buys the sustainably grown cotton and

pays a license fee to the foundation. The license fees are reinvested into the cotton growing areas so that people

and nature benefit. Farmers profit from agricultural and

business training, community projects that additionally support their local communities and certifications to get access to 足international trade, ginnery workers profit

from better working conditions and nature profits - e.g.

足deforestation of primary forests and GMO or hazardous pesticides are prohibited.

Read more at cottonmadeinafrica.org

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Logistics and transportation At Nilorn we believe the supply chain plays an important role in r­ educing environmental impact. Our philosophy is to be close to our clients and their supply chain. Nilorn is strategically located in major manufacturing countries around the world, enabling shorter delivery times, lower freight costs and reduced environmental impact. The ­N ilorn Web Solution ­provides a ­complete overview of orders, w ­ arehousing and d ­ istribution, allowing both the client and manufacturer to order labels, ­control design and the delivery.

For us, the transport dimensions of the product are another c­rucial

aspect of our commitment to the environment. In the design process, we work intensively on construction and sizes to optimize transport ­efficiency.

Our flat pack boxes and bags are just one example of how ­effective our approach can be.

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HEADQUARTERS NILÖRNGRUPPEN AB Wieslanders väg 3 Box 499 503 13 Borås SWEDEN Tel. +46 33 700 88 88 Fax +46 33 700 88 19 info@nilorn.com csr@nilorn.com

NILORN BELGIUM NV Brusselsesteenweg 525 9090 Melle BELGIUM Tel. + 32 9 210 40 90 info@be.nilorn.com NILORN DENMARK A/S Kongensgade 31B 5000 Odense C DENMARK Tel. +45 70 23 16 23 info@dk.nilorn.com


SUBSIDIARIES & PARTNERS NILORN AB Wieslanders väg 3 Box 499 503 13 Borås SWEDEN Tel. +46 33 700 88 00 Fax +46 33 700 88 48 info@nilorn.com

NILORN EAST ASIA LTD Unit 1701, 17/F, Westley Square 48 Hoi Yuen Road, Kwun Tong Kowloon HONG KONG Tel. +852 2 371 2218 Fax +852 2 371 2629 info@hk.nilorn.com

BALLY LABELS AG Schachenstrasse 24 CH-5012 Schönenwerd SWITZERLAND Tel. +41 62 855 27 50 Fax +41 62 855 27 59 info@bally.nilorn.com

NILORN GERMANY GMBH Itterpark 7 40724 Hilden GERMANY Tel. +49 2103 908 16 - 0 Fax +49 2103 908 16 - 99 info@de.nilorn.com

NILORN BANGLADESH LTD. Millennium Castle, 12th fl. House 47, Road 27 Block A, Banani Dhaka -1213 BANGLADESH Tel. +88 02 8835912 Fax +88 02 8835913 info@bd.nilorn.com

NILORN INDIA PVT. LTD. Plot no. 9c, Sector – 3 Parwanoo – 173220 (HP) INDIA Tel. +91 1792 235232 Fax +91 1792 233176 info@in.nilorn.com

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NILORN ITALY Via del Bramante 34 41012 Carpi (MO) ITALY Tel. +39 3381611351 info@it.nilorn.com

NILORN TURKEY Ba ģ lar Manhallesi 49 Sokak No: 50 K:3 Ba ģ cilar/ Istanbul TU R KEY Tel: +90 212 657 76 76 (pbx). Fax: +90 212 657 75 10 info@tr.nilorn.com

NILORN PAKISTAN (PVT) LTD 2nd Floor, Yasir Chambers Gulshan –E-Iqbal, Block 13A Main University Road P.O. Box 75300 Karachi PAKISTAN Tel: +92 21 349 92151 Fax: +92 21 349 92153 info@pk.nilorn.com

NILORN UK LTD 1A Acre Park Dalton Lane Keighley West Yorkshire BD21 4JH UNITED KINGDOM Tel. +44 1535 673 500 info@uk.nilorn.com

NILORN PORTUGAL IND. ETIQUETAS, LDA Rua Central de Barrosas, 304 4585 - 902 Recarei - Paredes PORTUGAL Tel. +351 22 411 95 80 Fax +351 22 411 95 99 info@pt.nilorn.com

NILORN USA LLC 3499 Meier Street Los Angeles, CA 90066 UNITED STATES Tel. +1 888-315 1875 info@us.nilorn.com

NILORN SHANGHAI LIMITED Rm 701, 288, Chengjiaqiao Road. Minhang District, Shanghai, CHINA Poastal Code 201103 Tel. +86-21 345 512 90 info@sh.nilorn.com

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