SUSTAINABILITY

For us, this means bringing the social, ecological and economic aspects in line with each other. We assume responsibility, not only for our economic actions, but also for the people and the environment involved in this.

HIGHEST QUALITY STANDARDS

PRODUCTS

In addition to function and design, our understanding of product quality also includes aspects of safety, environmental sustainability and fairness. We therefore place emphasis on those aspects both during the development of our own collections and the compilation of our product ranges. As part of the continuous improvement of our products we are also looking for materials, which are produced in a more sustainable fashion.

TRANSPARENT COTTON SUPPLY CHAIN

SUPPORTING FARMERS TO MORE SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

Since 2024, Engelbert Strauss Inc is a member of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol (USCTP) to underline our ongoing commitment to find more sustainable solutions and enable farmers to implement more responsible and ecologically friendlier practices.

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol was launched in 2020 with the vision to set a new standard in sustainable cotton production with a major focus on creating transparency and improving the environmental footprint. The USCTP is the only farm-level, science-based program that provides quantifiable, verifiable goals in six key sustainability metrics: land use, soil carbon, water management, soil loss, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy efficiency. For more information on USCTP, please find their annual report here.

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers.

At Engelbert Strauss, INC. we’re proud to be a member of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a program designed to set a new standard in sustainably grown cotton from farms to fiber.

COLLECTIVE VOICE IN THE INDUSTRY

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) represents more than 1.000 brands, retailers and manufacturers in the sector. Formed in 2000, the AAFA is committed to a positive change for the apparel and footwear industry. With integrity and determination, AAFA represents its members in a unified and reliable voice on important, forward-looking legislative and regulatory issues. In addition, the AAFA provides a platform for exchange and promotion to encourage best practices and innovation. AAFA's comprehensive work ensures the continued success and growth of a responsible apparel and footwear industry, its suppliers and its customers. We are a member of the AAFA since 2024 to support a collective voice for positive change in the apparel and footwear industry. More information about the AAFA can be found here.

WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP

PRODUCTION

We manufacture our products in Europe and also in America, Asia and Africa - depending on the product category and specialisation of our partner companies, thereby offering long-term employment to many thousands of people. We have a bond of trust based on years of collaboration with many of our production partners. 

We carefully select our international partners and suppliers. A pleasant and humane working environment at the production sites, as well as a considerate approach to nature are fundamental requirements.

TRUSTING PARTNERSHIPS

We manufacture our products in more than 25 countries across the globe – in Europe, America, Africa and primarily in Asia. We also check compliance with human rights and labour rights for all existing, and especially new production countries. We also take national studies into account and talk to stakeholders or other brand manufacturers. Based on this information, we analyse the threats and opportunities of a production facility in each country.

Environmental awareness in all company departments

ENVIRONMENT

Particularly, as a family business we would like to leave future generations the same living conditions and resources that are available to us today. This environmental commitment we regard as a continuous and natural corporate responsibility. Step by step we promote new environmentally sustainable developments and ideas, from the careful selection of the raw materials to the virtual product manufacturing process through to logistics and the disposal of packaging.