From our lab to your lab
For us sustainability means being fair and responsible to people and the environment while offering products which provide best-in-class performance. We strive to continually improve the social and environmental impact of our products and processes without compromising their performance.
THIS IS THE LEGACY OF OUR FOUNDERS BILL AND VIEVE GORE AND WE ARE PROUD TO CONTINUE THIS TRADITION.
GORE® wear are committed to producing apparel that delivers what we promise and is of highest quality. We want our customers to value and love our GORE® wear products, and enjoy their functionality for a long time, which is
an effective way to reduce the environmental footprint of function apparel.
We carefully select the fabrics we use. The choice of fabrics, materials, methods of production, dyes and transport conditions are all taken into consideration prior to the manufacture of our products. To ensure optimal protection and
performance our products are field or lab tested for their durability, appearance and quality after washes and impact (e.g. washing-, rubbing-, color fastness).
All GORE® wear products meet the criteria of the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100. Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 is an external, independent certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and finished products and is the most
used product safety label worldwide.
Additionally, Gore has been working with the bluesign® standard since 2010 to verify the safety of its products. The emphasis we place on quality extends to our suppliers and manufacturers. Accordingly, Gore carries out continuous
external quality controls at production facilities and encourages its suppliers to obtain a bluesign® certification in order to reduce environmental impacts in our supply chain.
An increasing number of GORE-TEX and WINDSTOPPER® fabrics are already certified. In our GORE® wear collections we predominantly use certified fabrics.
At Gore we believe in conducting our business according to the highest ethical standards. We strive to provide our customers with high-value products that enhance the quality of life and to improve the communities in which we work and live. We expect our employees to work with our suppliers, customers and other stakeholders with integrity, fairness and respect.
Accordingly, we also expect our garment manufacturing suppliers to operate according to the same principle. That is why in June 2012, GORE® Wear joined the multi-stakeholder initiative Fair Labor Association (FLA) to promote and protect workers’ rights and improve working conditions in our contracted factories.
As a FLA member we are committed to ensuring that our garment manufacturers adhere to FLA’s Code of Conduct and independent auditors regularly verify their compliance. Additionally, the FLA conducts its own assessments to confirm the effectiveness of our auditing system.
In February 2017 the FLA accredited our social compliance program confirming that GORE® Wear have implemented effective and state of the art systems and procedures for successfully upholding fair labor standards throughout our supply chains.
GORE® wear products are environmentally sound choices. We are convinced that our sustainability approach will support our long-term business success and also push environmental progress.
We get closer to our target, which is making responsibility an essential part of our business processes. We are engaged in regular dialogue with our stakeholders, and we expect our business partners and suppliers to do business in a responsible way as well.
At Gore, respecting the environment is an inherent part of our corporate culture. We strive to act with integrity and responsibly. We will achieve or even exceed all applicable health, safety and environment regulations as well as additional introduced standards from our side. All of our manufacturing facilities for functional textiles globally have introduced an environmental management system according to ISO 14001 and implemented the bluesign® standard, which demands challenging and comprehensive environmental and safety standards in the textile industry.
We feel obliged to continuously improve our environmental footprint by adopting an approach that rests on three pillars: sound science, life cycle assessment and the durability of our products.
We often get asked about our approach to sustainability. Below you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions along with their answers.
How do GORE® wear audit their factories?
Does Gore publish a social responsibility report?
Is W. L. Gore & Associates a responsible company?
How much does Gore pay workers manufacturing its garments?
How do you ensure that the work of the manufacturers supplying you with garments is socially and environmentally acceptable?
Do GORE® wear products contain harmful substances?
What does Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 mean?
How do we use the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 for GORE® wear products?
Product safety is an integral part of the quality assurance system of GORE® wear.
We have implemented the international accepted Oeko-Tex® standard class II for many years avoiding any critical ingredients in textiles and accessories. Against this background we only accept suppliers and garment manufacturers with quality management ensuring conformity with the Oeko-Tex® standard. Selecting fabrics and materials we use as far as possible only certified products. For all other materials we require test reports proving at least the same safety level than the Oeko-Tex® standard. In this way we accomplish the transparency of all applied materials and their ingredients in our production chain of our products.
All used fabrics, materials and ingredients up to the sewing thread are carefully selected and not approved for production before all required and current certificates & test reports are available. This kind of verification is implemented for each collection in both summer and winter.
Additionally we check ready made garments on a random basis at our distribution warehouse identifying and preventing any unwanted divergences from our product safety standard.
Where are GORE® wear products manufactured?
Who is the Fair Labor Association?
FLA is a collaborative effort of socially responsible companies, universities and civil society organizations to promote and protect workers’ rights and to improve working conditions globally through adherence to international standards. FLA is an international organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in China, Switzerland and Turkey. FLA creates lasting solutions to abusive labor practices by offering tools and resources to companies, delivering training to factory workers and management, conducting due diligence through independent assessments, and advocating for greater accountability and transparency from companies, factories and others involved in global supply chains.
For more information please visit FLA’s website: www.fairlabor.org
What does the FLA Code of Conduct look like?
How do you select your factories?
In which initiatives does W. L. Gore & Associates participate?