1. Ethical approach
“Respect for human rights and environmental issues as well as the legal minimum wage are fundamental values that we aim to uphold. Discrimination and child or slave labour shall not be tolerated neither on our own, nor on our suppliers' shop floor.”
Ethical trading is the norm. With an assortment comprising more than 200 brands, strict and regular inspections of our suppliers’ codes of conduct are a necessity. The benchmark is set particularly high for our own Ayacucho® brand, i.e. partners and suppliers must subscribe to the BSCI code and submit warranty declarations to that effect.
2. Green objectives
3. Ecological footprint
“We eat and drink using recyclable beakers, bottles and plates. Both the paper in our brochures and the wood used for our shop fittings are FSC certified. And our reusable bags have now become eye-catching additions to the street scene.”
Sustainable enterprise takes the value and scarcity of our natural raw materials and energy resources into consideration. Major and minor interventions within our organisation and our stores help us reduce our ecological footprint. It doesn’t take too much effort but makes a huge difference to the environment.
4. Sustainable partnership Ayacucho and Solid
5. Clean products
“Our racks contain clothing labelled with the Fair Wear Foundation logo, made by workers who are treated fairly and humanely. The global Bluesign mark guarantees that products are healthy, safe and have been manufactured using environmentally friendly processes.”
Sustainable products must be beneficial for the environment and the people who make them, without compromising on functionality, quality or design. That is why most of the brands distributed by A.S.Adventure employ sustainable certification and codes of conduct.
6. Leave no trace
7. Support for Kamiano
“Slightly damaged clothing, shoes and backpacks that were no longer suitable for the sales circuit were donated to the Red Cross between the start of 2013 and the end of 2016. They then distributed these articles to the various reception centres for asylum seekers in Flanders. We recently started making donations to the second hand boutique of the Kamiano social restaurant in Antwerp, which distributes free hot meals to the homeless.”
A warm winter coat is a must for African refugees who find themselves in our country. Appropriate clothing is also essential to maintain the self-esteem of people who suddenly find themselves without an income. And underprivileged youngsters going on a camping or school trip need a rucksack. In this way we are making a small contribution to giving them a (new) chance of a normal life.
9. People management