Vision, policies and goals
At Sandqvist, we produce stylish and long-lasting everyday bags. We want to do this in a way that is fair to everyone involved and with care for the environment. This means taking responsibility for the impact of our products throughout their life cycle, on both people and the planet.
Being ''sustainable where possible'' is not enough for us. We’ve worked hard to create a formula to ensure sustainability is a top focus in everything we do. As a result, the Sandqvist formula consists of five key pillars:
We have a number of policies that will guide us in reaching our goals for sustainable design at Sandqvist.
Sandqvist has set an ambitious sustainability goal of where we want to be 2023. This includes the people making our products, the material we use, our impact on the climate and how we contribute to culture and society. Some of these goals we can easily set a roadmap to, like banning single use plastic, others, like becoming climate neutral, we don’t know how to achieve yet.
Our sustainable materials policy outlines our ambition to decrease the environmental impact of our products. This includes our commitment to only using organic cotton and synthetic materials containing recycled fibres. For leather, only hides treated in tanneries rated Gold or Silver by the Leather Working Group (LWG) for their environmental can be used. Furthermore, the policy specifies that only leather that is a by-product from the meat and dairy industry can be used. Hides should be sourced from countries with high standard for animal welfare.
All suppliers working on Sandqvist products must follow Sandqvist’s code of labour practices for suppliers. The code stipulates minimum requirements for working conditions based on International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN principles. This includes the right of all workers to join trade unions, the right to a living wage, reasonable hours of work, safe working conditions and a legally binding employment relationship. Child labour and all forms of discrimination are strictly banned. Fair Wear Foundation – Code of Labour Practices .
The Chemicals Policy set strict requirements on both chemicals that can remain in the end product (product related chemicals), but also on chemicals used in the production (process chemicals). Restrictions on product related chemicals for all products delivered to Sandqvist are outlined in the restricted substance list (RSL) of the AFIRM Working Group. These requirements are stricter than those set up by the European Union. All process chemicals used in the production of Sandqvist’s products should follow the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) developed by the initiative Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC).
To guide everyone working with Sandqvist we have an internal policy regarding sustainability. This covers a wide range of issues including energy use, recycling, business travel, and anti-corruption.
The Swedish Fashion Ethical Charter sets out guidelines on body ideals, diversity and issues on corporate social responsibility. The policy addresses all roles and disciplines within the industry, from designers and brands, to modelling agencies, casting agents, commercial buyers, stylists, as well as marketing departments, advertising agencies, photographers and media.
Sandqvist’s sustainability report gives us the opportunity to disclose in more detail what we do and how we meet our targets.
Download our 2019 sustainability report here.
Download our 2018 sustainability report here.