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    “We will develop the world’s best cycling wear!” 

    The desire of founder Frans Verbeeck still holds true today. But there is more to the word “best” than it seems. Not only the quality of the clothing is important but also the impact on the society matters as a whole.

    Vermarc Sport is a Belgian company that takes its responsibility to produce cycling clothing in an ethical responsible environment with a minimal impact on the planet.

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) consists out of three principles: Profit, People and Planet. These three elements are strongly connected. Below is a brief explanation of how Vermarc Sport applies the CSR-policy in their organisation.

    PRODUCTION: Europe
    Vermarc Sport has a 29-year-old collaboration with a major supplier in Italy. This Italian production house started a new production department in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2018. Today 80% of the cycling clothing is produced in Italy, 10% in Bosnia-Herzegovina and 10% in a Belgian company. Because of the long-term relation with direct suppliers, effective and sustainable improvements of the labor conditions are assured. 

    Living wage
    Vermarc Sport takes its responsibility to produce the cycling garment in fair labor conditions.

    Average lead time: 8 weeks
    Quality takes time and commitment. Vermarc respects an average lead time of 8 weeks. In this way the workloads are more manageable and the quality is guaranteed.

    Code of conduct
    The Italian production house closely follows a code of conduct based on the fundamental ILO-values (ILO = International Labor oOrganisation). The code of conduct is placed in different areas in the factory. Below is a brief summary of this code of conduct:

    • Voluntary employment;
    • No discrimination based on gender, religion or sexual orientation;
    • Freedom of rights. CAO (Collective Labor Agreement) is respected;
    • Punctual salary payments. Right to legal vacation;
    • Legal minimum wage is respected;
    • Work time and working overtime is respected;
    • Work is delivered on an average basis to ensure job security;
    • Safe working environment, sanitary facilities;
    • Minimal impact on the climate.

    More information at www.ilo.org 

    Trade union freedom & long-term contracts
    The Italian factory counts different independent trade unions (CGIL and CISL). 75% of the employers have permanent contracts. Because of the trade unions and the long-term contracts there is room for social dialogue. The employees have a say in the daily policy of the business.

    Do not hesitate to contact Vermarc if you wish to obtain more information about Vermarc Sport’s corporate social responsibility.