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Montane publishes its first Impact Report

British outdoor clothing and equipment brand, Montane, has published its first business Impact Report reflecting on 2023, further strengthening its aim to improve corporate responsibility and product transparency while striving to minimise its environmental impact.

The Impact Report, which will be created annually, highlights the brand’s initiatives that drive a positive impact across three key areas; people, product, and planet, and outlines the evolving nature of the business over three decades in the outdoor industry while presenting plans toward a continued responsible future.

In its first annual Impact Report, Montane will bring together the work that has been done so far to implement long-term thinking into every business decision. The aim is that customers and stakeholders can easily see what has been achieved, as well as the journey the brand is on as it continues to make choices that maintain the outdoor playground for future generations.

Outlined in the document are details of how the business considers its responsibility and balances the scales with action. From engineering products that are built to last, to the brand’s timeless design principles, Montane garments are constructed to extend the lifetime of an item and diminish the impacts associated with production.

The report comes as part of the continued mission by the brand to produce products that are built for more within a design process that scrutinises more responsible choices. In 2023, this extended to the launch of the consumer-facing platform ‘Know What You’re Buying’. As part of the launch customers are now able to view product tables detailing the origin of products, third party accreditations and composition of the materials used, as well as global supply chain transparency, for 40% of products on Montane.com.

Key to the progression of the brand’s corporate social responsibility and increased transparency, the report outlines the creation of two key roles in the business – that of Corporate Social Responsibility Manager and Ethical Compliance Coordinator. Together, these roles have spearheaded the approach and worked with teams across the business to take responsibility for choices; committing to memberships with independent agencies such as Fair Wear Foundation, The International Accord, and an Employee Insurance Scheme pilot, further cementing the brand’s commitment and maximising supplier influence.

Of the release, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Anna Pitman, commented: “Montane’s work on improving corporate responsibility and product transparency has been built into our ways of working for many years. This Impact Report brings together the work we have done so far and shapes what we do next on this journey. Working together with our supply chain, retailers, and customers we look to achieve true and meaningful change in 2024 and beyond.”

In addition to shining a light on the product development process, the report also highlights initiatives closer to home. Details of the ongoing efforts by the head office team to reduce the company’s environmental impact, the introduction of volunteer days, the suite of team benefits, well-being activities, and increased representation in talent recruitment all feature in the report. Montane strive to promote an ‘All In’ policy; a collective purpose and commitment across the business, which is outlined publicly for the first time as part of its Route Map found in the report.

The report can be read in full at https://montane.com/pages/impact-report

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