The textile industry is a sector of complex challenges, but also has considerable potential for improvement. As Norway’s leading supplier of underwear, the Orkla company Pierre Robert Group wants to lead
the way in setting a good example.
Pierre Robert Group has worked for years to promote responsible sourcing, and has been a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative since 2005. Good long-term relationships with suppliers have laid a strong basis for collaboration and improvement, and Pierre Robert Group has worked with more than one third of its suppliers for 11 years or longer. All the suppliers are screened in relation to ethical, social and environmental criteria, and monitored by means of reporting, external audits and personal visits. The company submits annual reports on its work to the Ethical Trading Initiative Norway (IEH). The report is available to the public an may be ordered on the IEH website >.
All Pierre Robert garments are labelled to show their country of origin, and the company is open about where the garments are manufactured and by whom, among other things by posting an interactive map on pierrerobert.no > and open supplier lists.
In 2015, the company drew up an overall sustainability strategy on the basis of which it carried out a number of measures in 2016. One of its focus areas is making the transition to more sustainable textile fibres. In 2016, Pierre Robert Group switched to using organic cotton certified under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) in its best-selling Cotton Boxer for women, as well as in its Cotton High Waist underpants. As a result, organic cotton underwear became available in all Norwegian grocery stores from 2017. Given a sales volume of over 400,000 panties per year, the effect this creates is significant. PRG chose to stay with its existing suppliers and help them complete the GOTS certification process, thereby contributing to further improvements in the industry. All Pierre Robert garments in organic cotton are labelled with a GOTS licence number that is traceable at global-standard.org.
Pierre Robert Group purchases only mulesing-free wool, and all wool garments are labelled “mulesing-free”.