Sustainability

Acting for the future


For CAPRICE, sustainability is a principle of action that guides us to meet the needs of the present generation without restricting the freedoms of future generations.

For us, thinking sustainably therefore means considering what impact the things we do will have in the long run.

Jürgen Cölsch
Managing Director

#1 ECOLOGICAL SUSTAINABILITY


Preserving nature

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY LEATHER


LWG-Logo

As a Wortmann Group company, CAPRICE is committed to responsible leather production worldwide. For this reason we are a member of the Leather Working Group/LWG.

We purchase 85% of our leather from the spring/summer 2022 collection from LWG-certified leather manufacturers, of which 65% are Gold-Rated.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MATERIAL


Water based adhesives

We use mainly water-based adhesives in the production of our shoes.

Outlook
Recycled sole material

Some of our soles are already made of recycled material. We plan to increase this share gradually

100% Vegan


From autumn/winter 2022-2023, a significant part of the collection will be free of animal substances for the first time. These shoes have been certified by the “Prüf- und Forschungsinstitut Pirmasens e.V.” and bear the PFI test mark “100% Vegan”.

CONSERVING OUR RESOURCES


35%

of our shoes produced each year are already made with green renewable solar energy.

100%

of the tanneries cooperating with us are connected to a wastewater treatment plant to ensure better and more efficient use of water.

Sea Freight

To keep our CO2 consumption as low as possible, we prefer sea freight for the transport of our shoes and materials with optimal utilization of the containers.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY PACKAGING


100% plastic free packaging

Since fall/winter 2021 we replace the plastic sticks in all pair boxes with cardboard sticks.

Optimised packaging

All our pair boxes are folded with a special plugging system. This will significantly reduce the use of chemical adhesives.

Certified packaging

Starting from spring/summer 2022, all our pair boxes will be FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.

#2 SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY


Preserving social responsibility

FOR A RESPECTFUL COOPERATION


Assuming social responsibility is one of the principles of the member companies of the Bundesverband der Schuh und Lederwarenindustrie e.V . (Federal Association of the Shoe and Leather Goods Industry). The association’s Code of Conduct is an instrument whose use does justice to this responsibility.

CAPRICE has signed up to this code of conduct and it contains, among other things the following values and principles:

● Occupational safety and health protection
● Right to freedom of expression
● Prohibition of child labour
● Prohibition of forced labour
● Respect for workers’ rights
● Environmental protection
100%

of our shoes from the Spring/Summer 2022 collection were produced in footwear factories that have been audited and further developed in accordance with the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct. We actively improve the social performance of our supply chain with the help of amfori BSCI, the world’s leading business association for free and sustainable trade. (as of January 2022).

PRESENCE ALONG THE SUPPLY CHAIN


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Technicians and product managers from the company ´ s headquarter in the shoe city of Pirmasens are deployed worldwide to monitor the production process and compliance with our sustainability specifications along the supply chain. (Data status: January 2022).

FOR A STRONG TOGETHERNESS


Corporate Social Responsibility

Social sustainability and more togetherness are not only firmly anchored in CAPRICE’s corporate culture, but are also actively practised

We support charity projects, such as the construction of a health center in Pakistan or the promotion of social institutions (hospice, children’s clinic, youth protection…).

During the pandemic, CAPRICE produced protective masks worth over 300,000 euros and distributed them free of charge to hospitals, care facilities and trade partners.

#3 ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY


Efficient management and preservation of capital

FOR A SAFE FUTURE


CAPRICE has been a trusted brand for over 30 years. We have succeeded in building a successful company with continuous growth. We are financially independent and have a strong capital base.