The Padua-based company, specialised in trainers marketed under its own brands, under licence and on behalf of third parties (including Avirex, G-Star RAW, Ellesse and Lyle&Scott), has presented the third edition of its Sustainability Report, an articulate and in-depth document drawn up with reference to the GRI Standard indicators. Drafted on a voluntary basis, the Sustainability Report is divided into economic, environmental and social dimensions, and contains all the elements that distinguish the company’s green philosophy towards the environment and people.
In the wake of past editions, a materiality analysis was carried out to identify the relevant issues related to economic, environmental and social impacts, initiating the stakeholder engagement process that is fundamental to maximising sustainability performance.
During 2021-2022, efforts were intensified to further reduce environmental impact, focusing on the management of sustainable materials, and the selection of green-oriented suppliers. The Company has been committed to developing trainers made of recyclable, organic, sustainable materials (e.g. leather from LWG-certified tanneries – a non-profit organisation of which the Company has been a member since 2021) and with durability characteristics. In addition, suppliers are selected on the basis of specific criteria (standard ‘Social Audit Report’) and periodically monitored (through bodies such as BSCI – Business Social Compliance Initiative), assessing the sustainability of the materials used, environmental protection and social impacts, and workers’ rights and safety.
With a view to sustainable growth, Nice Footwear has invested more than EUR 3 million in Research and Development over the last three years and has dedicated more than 13 thousand hours of lining training over the last year to improve 3D augmented reality design and production, in order to reduce the number of samples made available to suppliers.