Burton Snowboards Takes Leadership Position In Moving Industry Towards Sustainability

Burton Snowboards Takes Leadership Position In Moving Industry Towards Sustainability

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Burton Snowboards Takes Leadership Position In Moving Industry Towards Sustainability

“By 2020 we will have a repair quote of 40% globally.”

Everyone tends to focus on recycling but there are two other sides to that iconic triangle symbol….reduce and reuse.  Burton Snowboards understands the importance of reducing harmful material production and getting the most out of gear before retiring it to a landfill.  That is why they are setting up local networks of repair and have created a path towards sustainability that could shift your brand loyalty if you factor enviormental factors in your purchasing decision. Well done Burton. LEARN MORE HERE

“At Burton, we believe resources are sacred and we should treat them as such. So we do our best to repair products that need to be fixed. We love to do that ourselves, but sometimes we need support. Luckily we work with local partners we can rely on – and that are in cycling distance! By 2020 we will have a repair quote of 40% globally.”

We’re only as good as the impact we have, so we’re investing to improve the lives of everyone that we engage with, all over the world. From the highest standards in international human rights at our factories, to protecting our familial culture at our global headquarters, to considering every person that wears our product: We want to make the most positive impact possible on everyone around us.

Sustainable Culture

Our culture is our foundation, and our biggest asset that we’ve been building since day one. We have more than 150 dogs registered at our office, organic garden plots for employees, fitness reimbursement, plus free locally roasted and organic coffee, espresso and fruit every morning, free local kombucha on tap, skate ramps in the back, 30 composting stations, and local organic soap throughout headquarters. Throughout the year, we have free DIY courses at lunch on things such as how to winter bike commute, how to raise backyard chickens, how to brew your own beer and how to make fermented foods. Flexible schedules, free season passes to our local mountains, and the no-work-on-a-powder-day perk are popular, too.

Responsibility and Factory Workers

We’re 100% committed to ensuring fair labor practices and safe, humane working conditions throughout our supply chain. We have a full team that works diligently to ensure that all of our factories meet high international human rights standards through factory visits, audits, education and trainings. It is our commitment to make sure every single person making our product works in safe, healthy, and environmentally-friendly conditions.

We have a strict Social and Environmental Responsibility Audit Program and Code of Conduct Policy based on the United Nations International Labor Organization (ILO) and Fair Labor Association (FLA) standards and have established systems to identify and remedy ethical violations. All of our finished good factories have now been audited, and we are currently working with our raw materials suppliers to ensure that they all agree to our standards. By 2020, we have a goal that 100% of our finished goods factories will meet silver standards or higher. Our entire finished good factory list for 2018 is available here.

Environment, Health and Safety

Our strong Restricted Substances List requires that everyone producing our goods uses only chemicals and materials that are safe for people and the environment. We do not allow harmful substances like heavy metals and phthalates in our products, and we require that our suppliers meet the strictest global standards. Our industry-leading partnership with bluesign® ensures that not only the inputs into our product are made with the safest chemicals, but also that the air and water emissions from our processes are clean. For 2020, we have committed to 100% PFC-Free Durable Water Repellency (DWR) across our full product range due to PFCs lasting and uncertain impacts on the environment.

Women’s Leadership

In 2003, women made up less than 10% of our leadership team. Today, the number is over 40%. CEO Donna Carpenter created The Women’s Leadership Initiative in 2004, and a lot has been accomplished since then: mentoring programs, organized career development, generous paternity policy, and of course, women’s ride days. In 2017, Donna brought every employee that felt inclined to the Women’s March in D.C., all expenses paid. Gender equity at Burton can be traced back to 1982, when the Burton US Open was established with equal prize money for men and women.

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