Back in 1965, in Batley, Yorkshire, when Craghoppers hit upon the idea of turning a passion for travel into a bona fide business, the team felt like they were embarking on an exciting and at times perilous trip into the unknown. Looking back, their perseverance paid off and Craghoppers is now recognised as a global technical outdoor and travel specialist.
The world may have moved on over the last 50 years but our mission remains the same today – we will protect you in every environment, keep bugs at bay, and keep your valuables secure, so you know you have the right gear to keep you protected, comfortable and looking the part.
We are committed to creating fantastic product, which has been thoughtfully engineered for our Great Outdoors and in doing so we will hopefully enhance the lives of those touched by our business. As part of our commitment, all our waterproofs are PFC free; we are saying no to Down for 2019; we have added to our product range which is partially made using recycled plastic bottles and we guarantee our products for life.
We are privileged to work with Ambassadors across the world who put our products to the test in all conditions, to make sure they meet our high standards. We also love to share our wanderlust with millions of fellow voyagers who are as keen as we are to explore the furthest reaches of our beautiful planet and to share their experiences with others.
We are a family business with a strongly believed set of values.
We deeply believe that honesty, courtesy and respect are critical in all the decisions we make wherever that may be – with customers, colleagues and the workers in our factories.
We set up the Honesty Project to focus on creating fantastic product, thoughtfully engineered for the great outdoors, and in doing so will hopefully enhance the lives of those touched by our business. We’re not perfect yet but we’re striving to be committed to honesty and transparency in everything we do, every step of the way.
We have been members of Ethical Trade Initiative since 2012. ETI brings together brands, retailers, suppliers, unions and NGO’s to improve conditions for workers worldwide. Since May 2017, we have maintained "Achiever" level by ETI standards, highlighting our progress on the ETI landscape. This reflects the amazing work we are doing in our factories. The ETI base code is the standard we aim to adhere to across all of our supply chain. We are really proud of our long term commitment to our suppliers. 50% of our suppliers within the Group have worked with us for over 5 years, and 35% for over 10 years. Across the Group we have inspected over 116 factories to ensure 40,000 workers are covered by the ETI base code across 9 countries.
SOCIAL IMPACT PROGRAMMES
Our RHEP project which teaches female health, hygiene and nutrition has reached over 10,000 workers in 6 factories, who in turn teach their neighbours, families and friends. We do this through a system of peer educators; teaching workers to be health educators who then cascade their learning.
For over 10 years, we have been funding a primary school in our garment factory area, with 262 disabled and disadvantaged children, aged from 4 to 14. Having conducted necessary refurbishment to the building and included a new sensory room and eye catching murals in the classrooms, our focus has turned to literacy and ensuring the school has a well stocked library with essential books for the children and their families. This is with a view of taking the library mobile to be able to cover more communities. We are also equipping the teachers with all the necessary training they need to deliver a first class experience to the children. We are proud of the positive impact we have made to over 3000 families to date.
Understanding the impact our activities have on our natural environment is important. It is imperative we reduce our harmful effects where possible. We have a detailed business plan, with key dates and targets. These include reducing CO2 emissions, reducing water usage, waste and chemical management, using more sustainable packaging and component parts. We are 100% compliant with all European legislation regarding banned substances and Craghoppers has introduced PFC free DWR treatments for 2019.