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Treadlight – Marmot’s Sustainability Strategy

Doing the right thing doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice performance or style.

Marmot believes that designing progressively better products of exceptional quality and durability is the best way to reduce our overall impact on the environment. This sustainable mindset has been, and will always be, the driving force behind our product strategy. To further this belief, Marmot’s product development teams are championing innovative solutions to produce raw materials as cleanly, efficiently, and effectively as possible without sacrificing performance. We call this strategy Treadlight.

To create fair human working conditions, to support social initiatives and to foster a multi-cultural company philosophy.
To produce the best outdoor equipment which meets the expectations of mountain professionals and enthusiasts.
To produce environmental friendly products and foster a global ecological awareness.

Social Sustainability

Marmot’s social engagement complements its ecologic sustainability policy. Fair trade, compliance and the support of regional projects are part of the company concept. Marmot has confirmed its commitment to the principles of Integrity, respect for the individual, sustainability, performance excellence and accountability. Marmot holds all of its vendors and partners to the same high standards. The Vendor Compliance Policy obliges all of Marmot’s partners to respect internationally accepted standards of conduct. Among those are the payment of at least the minimum wage required by law, the limitation of overtime, the freedom of association, the prohibition of child labour and forced labour, the application of the non-discrimination principle as well as the promotion of health and safety at work.
Marmot takes the Vendor Compliance Policy seriously, its application is monitored regularly. It is Marmot’s firm intention that its vendor partners abide by these 

standards and ensure they understand Marmot’s intention to suspend business with those who violate this Vendor Compliance Policy. Marmot has been working for more than five years with 95 per cent of its partners, and this had resulted in a firm mutual trust and respect for each other. On a regular basis, Marmot conducts audits among its vendors and partners in order to assure compliance with the Vendor Compliance Policy and promotes good practices. This process is evaluated constantly.

Furthermore, Marmot has been supporting social initiatives which have set out to change the world for a better future. Our social initiatives include the dZi Foundation, the Cancer Climber Association, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Chicks with Picks, SOS Kinderdörfer, terre des homes and many others.


Marmot commits to more Responsible Down. Marmot has adopted its Responsible Down Standard (RDS) - a third party certification standard that can be applied to any waterfowl-based supply chain to help ensure humane treatment of animals from gosling to end product. The goal of the RDS is to enable traceability and change the down industry as a whole, not just one brand’s supply chain. Marmot has committed to introducing certified down into their products beginning as soon as Fall 2015. In Europe, all down used for Sleeping Bags and for Apparel for Fall 2018 is certified to meet RDS (Responsible Down Standard) to help ensure humane treatment of animals from Gosling to end product.

Marmot x Thread

Our Marmot x Thread is a line of tees made from 50% upcycled plastic and 50% reclaimed cotton, which results in less pesticide use, less C02 emissions, and 115 gallons of water saved per garment. Every Thread shirt uses ca. 2,25 recyceled bottles and utilizes EnviroFree technology which focuses on PVC/Phthalate free inks. Furthermore, our Marmot x Thread tees create over 1300 jobs in Haiti, all with fair wages and safe working conditions. You’ll find more information at www.threadinternational.com.


Furthermore, Marmot is member of the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA). The European Outdoor Conservation Association is an initiative from the European outdoor industry with the objective of protecting the wild areas it cares so passionately about. Taking responsibility for our planet through conservation and acting responsibly in the outdoors is an incredibly important part of our ethos. Being part of an organisation within the industry that takes this responsibility seriously and can directly funding to specific conservation projects is directly influenced by this ethos. For more information visit www.outdoorconservation.eu.


Marmot is bluesign® system partner. bluesign® system partners are committed to applying the bluesign® system which unites the entire textile supply chain to jointly reduce its impact on people and the environment. The Input Stream Management ensures that approved chemical products and raw materials are used in all steps of the manufacturing process. Substances posing risks to people and the environment are hence eliminated from the very beginning. On-site inspections verify the proper application of such chemical products and raw materials in controlled processes and ensure the responsible use of resources. For more information visit www.bluesign.com.


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