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Responsibility

Responsibility begins with us

We are convinced that environmental protection and sustainable management begins on our own doorstep. Therefore, taking responsibility is an obligation for us which we are happy to fulfil. An important factor is to strive for economic success only in harmony with people, animals and nature. With increasingly European production and purchasing processes, as well as high quality requirements and continuous investment in the latest technologies, we are already making a major contribution to sustainable and environmentally friendly production. This is a process that we continue to work on steadily and with a high level of commitment.

Production mainly in Europe

Marc Cain is one of the few German clothing manufacturers that still has its own production facilities in Germany. The production chain of Marc Cain clothing is a predominantly European process. This also means that the fabrics, woven fabrics, jerseys and knitting yarns come mainly from Europe, especially Italy. This has the advantage that the paths are not are only shorter and faster, but also protect the environment. In Europe, there are also legal regulations on social and ecological standards, the implementation of which is also monitored. In addition to production in Germany, Marc Cain also manufactures in other production facilities in Western, Southern and Eastern Europe and also in selected facilities in Asia.

Long term & direct business relations

Marc Cain cultivates long-term and appreciative business relationships with its suppliers - with many of them already lasting for more than 10 years. Marc Cain works with specialists for each product category. The jointly acquired knowledge is important for perfecting quality and cooperation at eye level - and the reason why we do not engage in supplier and country shopping. Our buyers and travel technicians are regularly on site at the production facilities.

Social responsibility

We are committed to the social goals of the textile and clothing industry, which are laid down in our Code of Conduct. This is part of our supplier contracts. Marc Cain is also a member of amfori, the world's leading trade association for open and sustainable trade, and participates in amfori BSCI . We are thereby committed to the values and principles of the amfori BSCI Code of Conducts for Human and Worker Rights. We also adopt this for our supply chain and have set ourselves the goal of checking all companies for compliance with it, using independent monitoring systems. The amfori BSCI initiative brings together retailers, brands and producers and is committed to improving working conditions along the supply chain. Through the amfori BSCI platform as well as the amfori academy, we systematically record our supply chain and support our suppliers with transparent, independent audit management and comprehensive training offers. In line with our long-term business relationships, our corporate responsibility approach is also based on partnership, openness and continuous development.

Principles of the amfori Code of Conducts

  • No child labour
  • Special protection for young workers
  • No forced labour
  • No precarious employment
  • No discrimination
  • Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
  • Industrial safety
  • Reasonable working hours
  • Appropriate remuneration
  • Environmental protection
  • Ethical management
Further information about the Code of Conduct and amfori can be found here

Sustainable materials

Animal Welfare

Marc Cain focusses on the responsible treatment of animals and is committed to respecting the internationally recognised Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare. Animals should therefore be free from hunger and thirst, discomfort, pain, injury or disease, fear and distress, and be free to behave normally. Marc Cain requires its suppliers to use only products from animals that are bred and kept in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. In particular, we refer to the EU Species Protection Regulation EC No. 338/97, which implements the requirements of the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as well as the Federal Nature Conservation Act and the Federal Species Protection Regulation.

Fur

Marc Cain has not used real fur in its products since 2016. Instead, various high-quality fake fur products (fun fur) are used in the Collections. As a fur-free brand, we are also mentioned by the German Animal Welfare Association and the Fur Free Retailer Initiative. Further information is available at: furfreeretailer.com

Exotic skins

Marc Cain does not use exotic skins in its products. These include skins of snakes, crocodiles, lizards, stingrays and sharks (galuchat) and often come from endangered species and from countries of origin with lax implementation of animal protection laws.

Leather

The leather used by Marc Cain has to be a by-product of the leather industry. It is important to us to breed livestock responsibly, respecting animal welfare and the environment. We are aware that transparency in the leather supply chain is crucial for this, which is why we work closely with our suppliers.

Feathers & Down

We only use certified feathers and down from animals that were slaughtered exclusively for meat production and that were neither plucked alive nor kept for foie gras production. In addition, we use the 3M Thinsulate™ featherless insulation, made from 75% or 100% certified recycled material. This insulation protects against moisture and humidity and is extremely flexible and lighter than most natural alternatives.

Angora

The Angora production has been under criticism for many years. Animal and species protection are central principles of Marc Cain's sustainability philosophy, which is why Marc Cain has not used angora in its products since 2014 for ethical reasons.

Merino Wool, Mohair & Cashmere

Compared to synthetic fibres, merino, mohair and cashmere are sustainable fibres: They are naturally occurring, renewable, fully compostable and durable in use - sustainability criteria which, of course , must be backed up by a responsible procurement process free of animal suffering, but with the use of environmentally friendly pasture farming. In exchange with other companies, trade associations and standard organisations, we would like to increase the availability of animal welfare certified materials and create awareness of these issues among our suppliers.