Pattern is evolving in accordance with the “Europe 2020” strategy designed to boost the European Union economy. In a constantly changing world, the European Union aims to develop a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. These three development lines are intended to help the EU and its Member States to achieve high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion.
Specifically, the Union has set five ambitious objectives - regarding employment, innovation, education, social integration and climate/energy - to be reached by 2020. Each Member State has adopted for each of these areas its specific national targets. The aim is to develop targeted interventions, both at European and national levels, to strengthen the overall European strategy.
Starting from 2015, Pattern has engaged in a process aimed at eliminating the substances deemed to be toxic or harmful by the main international standards. This procedure has been followed in conformity with the “Europe 2020” community project and in some cases, even in a more restrictive manner than required in the protocols. The harmful substances will have to be completely eliminated from products and all suppliers are required to follow these guidelines for all the textiles orders.
Regarding this choice, suppliers are asked to sign a letter of intent and to enclose the documentation certifying the compliance of the materials to the protocol. Moreover, to make the supply chain more transparent and certified, Pattern’s Clients have set out some tests to check the quality of materials and the compliance with the standards of the products chemical composition, which is considered essential for sale and use of the items of clothing.
The table below presents the substances to which Pattern’s suppliers have agreed to give up for their fabrics/materials starting from the 2016 productions.