The most significant impacts on the environment and society from companies’ operation occur when focusing down the value chain. Now more than ever, it is essential to integrate sustainability-focused practices throughout our supply and value chains.
At Viking, we believe the best way to ensure the production of sustainable products is to look at the product’s environmental impact throughout the product’s entire lifecycle, beginning with responsible and transparent value chain management.
At Viking, we have categorically worked through and evaluated our value chain, made changes, and ended partnerships with those unable to meet the sustainability standards that align with our goals and standards.
In 2020, Viking prioritized suppliers who focus on sustainable materials and continue to work with suppliers and manufacturers who seek strategic and continuous environmental and social improvements within their role of sourcing raw materials and the production processes.
It’s challenging to secure every step of the process in a global value chain, from sourcing to production. That’s why we employ the use of third-party certifications that set precise requirements for suppliers regarding traceability, water and chemicals use in the production process, animal welfare, and sustainable forestry.
Viking works with SATRA to maintain compliance with relevant legal requirements, test and analyze components in our products, and support development and innovation projects.
SATRA is an independent research and testing organization that tests footwear products for restricted substances in accordance with European REACH and US chemicals regulations for which it is CPSC-accredited.
Together with SATRA, Viking has developed its own «Chemical Substance Restriction List,» which is reevaluated and renewed every six months to ensure international legislation is included at all times. Our restricted substance list also provides certified test methods to ensure that tests are conducted following established standards. This list is sent to and signed by our first-tier manufacturers and subcontractors every six months.
Download the Chemical restricted substance list here.
Bring and DB Schenker are the primary transport companies used by Viking. Both Bring and DB Schenker have made improvements towards sustainability in the logistics and delivery sector through the utilization of green technology, carbon emissions reduction, and last-mile consolidation.
Today, Viking has no KPIs to measure the impact of our freight transport. We commit to working with industry leaders and sustainability experts to set these KPIs in 2021.
See share of airfreight per year below:
All Viking products are packed and shipped in recycled materials. Returned packaging is collected and recycled at a recycling station in Sweden.
Currently, Viking has no information or insights regarding the percentage of our shipments that last-mile delivery carried out sustainably. How last-mile delivery is handled often varies by customer location, and solutions vary from home delivery to community post boxes and pick-up locations.
We commit to reevaluating our role in this process and what we can do to make improvements in this area in 2021.
All products are packed and transported in Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) certified cardboard. We continue to work to minimize the use of plastic used to transport our products and have removed all unnecessary plastic from the packaging. However, total removal of plastic will result in a significant increase in cardboard volume which reduces transport efficiency and hence increases emissions.
The transport and logistics companies we partner with incorporate the use of renewable energy and have integrated sustainable practices into their business, such as measuring their CO2 footprint.
Currently, Viking is gathering information about our contribution to CO2 emissions from transportation companies. We commit to working with our logistics partners and sustainability experts to access this information and make meaningful change where it is necessary for 2021.