At Varner, we have a strong focus on sustainable solutions.

Sustainability

We have a focus on sustainable solutions. This means we make conscious choices to be responsible towards people, the environment and society, from design and development to customer usage. Being responsible is one of the core values at Varner. We are based in the Nordics but have a global footprint. This is why our sustainability strategy is termed Nordic Spirit, Global Impact.

FAIR FOR ALL We care about people. We aim to be a preferred and responsible employer and to create an inclusive and inspiring workplace for all employees. We want to contribute to fair conditions for people connected with our business, particularly workers in our supply chain.

CIRCULAR & CLIMATE CONSCIOUS Circularity is the future of fashion, and we will actively work towards implementing circular strategies into our choice of materials and designs. We take responsibility for our climate impact and are working to document and reduce it in all business areas.

ENGAGE THE CONSUMER We see connecting with our consumers as vital to deliver on our sustainability ambitions. With transparency as an important factor in our communication, we aim to help consumers make informed choices.

Varner uses the concept of due diligence for responsible business conduct to address the negative impacts associated with our business. You can read about our due diligence process in the People.

You can visit our Environment, Animal Welfare and Product and Materials sections if you want information about our efforts on climate and environment. You can also read more in our Sustainability Report on page 95.

If you are not able to find the information you are looking for, please get in touch with Varner’s Sustainability Department at Sustainability@varner.com

  • Sustainability Reporting

    We report on our sustainability impact and work on an annual basis. This allows us to present where we currently are on our journey to become more sustainable. We also present the impacts of our company on people, the environment and society, and how the impacts are being targeted and handled. We have since 2020 reported in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework. Before this we reported in accordance with the Ethical Trade Norway framework of reporting.

    2023 Sustainability Report

    2022 Sustainability Report

    2021 Sustainability Report

    2020 Sustainability Report

    2019 ETI Varner Report

    2018 ETI Varner Report

  • Transparency and Traceability

    We are transparent about the impacts of our company and also about the factories that produce our products. We believe transparency is important to address challenges associated with the fashion industry. Transparency is the fundament of constructive cooperation to address negative impacts and allows stakeholders to have insight into how we work and give feedback on the approach. We welcome the Norwegian Transparency Act as a means to enable this, find our reporting for the Act from page 21 in our Sustainability Report.

    Public factory list

    We share the list of 100% of the garment factories used for Varner production. The list also includes approved processing units (such as printing mills, embroidery units, and washing units), it also includes key fabric and spinning mills, as well as information about the sources of some of our raw materials.

    We do not own any factories but cooperate with approximately 300 factories in Asia and Europe. It is important that we share a common approach to responsible production and all factories we work with must agree to follow our Code of Conduct and go through an approval process.

    Our global factory list can be found here. The list includes the full name of the factory, address, supplier, number of workers, breakdown by gender, certifications and product type. We have chosen to align the list to the Transparency Pledge criteria. The list is updated twice per year.


    Open Supply Hub

    Open supply hub map

    We publish our factory list at the Open Supply Hub. This is an open-source map and database of global apparel facilities. The map is open to the public and you can search for the brand contributor or the factory itself. You can see the map of our factories here or click on the map above. 

  • Goals

    The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework for collective action to tackle global issues such as climate change, inequality, and poverty. We have defined 18 sustainability goals which are connected to the SDGs: 5 Gender Equality, 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, 10 Reduced Inequalities, 12 Resposible Consumption and Production, 13 Climate Action and 17 partnership for the Goals.

    Goals

    Read more about our goals from page 30 in our Sustainability Report.