Sustainability management at Marimekko

At Marimekko, sustainability means respecting people and the environment in everything we do. One of our values is “fairness to everyone and everything”, which crystallizes our approach to sustainability: we treat people fairly and strive to create products that provide long-lasting joy and have as small an environmental impact as possible. For us, sustainability is part of our day-to-day work and the development of our operations.

The focus areas for our sustainability work have been determined based on the Marimekko brand, vision and values, paired with analyses of the megatrends affecting the fashion and textile industry, consumer trends and insight, studies on sustainability factors in the whole value chain and benchmarking of industry practices, stakeholder dialogue and input from employees.   

Each team and business unit at Marimekko is responsible for sustainability actions in their respective area. The development of sustainability in Marimekko’s own operations and throughout the value chain is supported by the Business Development & Transformation team and its sustainability specialists.

In 2021, we also established an internal Innovation Works team, which focuses on promoting and testing new approaches and operating practices, thereby accelerating our sustainability efforts. The agenda of the cross-functional Innovation Works team particularly includes new business models, material and dye innovations, and new production processes. 

Marimekko’s Board of Directors approves the company’s sustainability strategy and its key targets. The Board also monitors annual sustainability reporting. The Management Group sets more specific targets for Marimekko’s teams and business units and follows the progress on at least a bi-annual basis.  

Risks related to non-financial matters (including environmental, social, human rights and anti-bribery and anti-corruption) are addresses annually as part of Marimekko’s consolidated risk management. The most significant risks are presented each quarter as part of the financial reporting.

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