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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report of the Oberalp Group

The Oberalp group is aware of the importance of corporate social responsibilty and has therefore launched  a sustainability report to present the individual elements and long-term solution approaches our company will undertake.

This is the second CSR report, following our inaugural report in 2011, and as an element of our ongoing developmental process, these reports will appear every two years. It will provide information on general corporate responsibility, particularly in the areas of "social, economy and ecology" and also reports on our current efforts. achievements; and our sustainability goals.

Our CSR website has been created to provide transparency and verification and unites all brands of the SALEWA group in one platform. The website hosts the CSR report alongside all new and projected developments.

Just take a look: www.csr.oberalp.com




POMOCA, as part of the Oberalp Group, aims TO increase the importance of corporate social responsibility in our business plan and we have established a CSR OUTLINE for the next 5 years. this includes:

1) Eliminate all PFOA from POMOCA products: This was achieved in April 2015. Since then POMOCA has worked on PFC-free products, which is the next step in protecting the environment. Although PFC-products are within current guidelines, we don't believe it is a valid reason for POMOCA not to continue to strive for excellence in all aspects of our operations. Our concern is for future generations, along with necessary legal requirements.

2) Work with disabled : Since 2012, POMOCA has cooperated with the Spanish Foundation AMPANS (www.ampans.cat) for simple assembling works, and with the French organisation ADTP (www.adtp.fr) in more complicated operations, such as skins stitching and conditioning. POMOCA's dual goal is to continue our cooperation with these two valuable organisations: to provide work for disabled people, and to optimise the high cost productions in Switzerland.

3) Reduce production waste: In 2010 POMOCA produced over 10% of plush waste for each manufactured skin. in 2012-2013 this was reduced to 6%, and the plan is to reduce it further to below 3% by the end of 2016. Since the plush is a not recyclable material, this is even more important. POMOCA’s endeavour is to recycle as much material as possible, whilst monitoring and reducing our footprint.

4) Seals protection project: Until the 1930's, climbing skins were manufactured from real seals skins. As a tribute to this animal, and as a symbol for ski mountaineers, in 2016 POMOCA will launch a new project to protect the Saimaa Ringed seals in Finland. There are only about 300 seals remaining in this area and POMOCA will provide financial support and assist in publicising this problem on an international level. this project is managed by the Finnish Association of Nature Conservation (www.sll.fi) and coordinated with the EOCA (www.outdoorconservation.eu). For more details about the Saimaa Seals Project, please click here.