The Blue Book OUR OFFER FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
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
METAL BUTTONS AND ACCESSORIES • bluesign® • 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.
SWEDISH CHEMICALS GROUP
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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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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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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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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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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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
NILORN BELGIUM NV Brusselsesteenweg 525 9090 Melle BELGIUM Tel. + 32 9 210 40 90 firstname.lastname@example.org NILORN DENMARK A/S Kongensgade 31B 5000 Odense C DENMARK Tel. +45 70 23 16 23 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
BALLY LABELS AG Schachenstrasse 24 CH-5012 Schönenwerd SWITZERLAND Tel. +41 62 855 27 50 Fax +41 62 855 27 59 firstname.lastname@example.org
NILORN GERMANY GMBH Itterpark 7 40724 Hilden GERMANY Tel. +49 2103 908 16 - 0 Fax +49 2103 908 16 - 99 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
NILORN INDIA PVT. LTD. Plot no. 9c, Sector – 3 Parwanoo – 173220 (HP) INDIA Tel. +91 1792 235232 Fax +91 1792 233176 email@example.com
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NILORN ITALY Via del Bramante 34 41012 Carpi (MO) ITALY Tel. +39 3381611351 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
NILORN UK LTD 1A Acre Park Dalton Lane Keighley West Yorkshire BD21 4JH UNITED KINGDOM Tel. +44 1535 673 500 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
NILORN USA LLC 3499 Meier Street Los Angeles, CA 90066 UNITED STATES Tel. +1 888-315 1875 email@example.com
NILORN SHANGHAI LIMITED Rm 701, 288, Chengjiaqiao Road. Minhang District, Shanghai, CHINA Poastal Code 201103 Tel. +86-21 345 512 90 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cover paper: Scandia smooth Ivory 200 gr Paper: Scandia smooth Ivory 150 gr Printing: Stema Specialtryck AB
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Nilorn Environmental Policy: To promote a sustainable environmentally friendly future. Sustainability at Nilorn means working towards meetin...
Published on Aug 14, 2018
Nilorn Environmental Policy: To promote a sustainable environmentally friendly future. Sustainability at Nilorn means working towards meetin...