Corporate Due Diligence

Corporate Due Diligence

Kentaur is committed to perform corporate due diligence. Due diligence is the process by which Kentaur identify, prevent, mitigate, and account for potential and actual adverse corporate social and environmental impacts/harms. Kentaur’s due diligence process is based on guidelines on corporate due diligence published by Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector, and the SME Compass published by Agentur für Wirtschaft & Entwicklung. Kentaur’s due diligence covers own activities and our supply chain and is an ongoing exercise because our risks of harm may change over time due to evolvement of our operations and/or operating context.

Kentaur has adopted a Responsible Sourcing Policy as part of the work on corporate due diligence.

Risk assessment
Kentaur’s due diligence is risk-based meaning that the control measures we take is based on the severity and probability of the harm assessed through a risk analysis. The risk analysis is reviewed and updated in a one-year cycle unless an occasion requires an update outside the normal revision cycle. Kentaur prioritize the order in which we take action based on three parameters:

  1.  Buying volume.
  2. Kentaur risk rating based on concrete data available.
  3. Country risk rating in the country where the operation takes place.

Based on our latest risk assessment we have identified risks which we are addressing in order to prevent and mitigate eventual impacts.

 

Value chain

Identified risk          

Control measure

Cotton from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR)

 

Forced labour

Our suppliers have signed our declaration that they do not buy cotton from XUAR. Additionally, our suppliers state the origin of the cotton they use.

Production

 

Fabric cutting waste  

In 2020, we produced 5,040 tote bags which means we have upcycled almost 0.5 tonnes of textile that would previously have been discarded as waste. A pilot project on recycling our fabric cutting waste into new textile fibers is established in 2021

Production

 

Packaging materials

In 2021, we will find a more sustainable alternative to our current cardboard packaging materials.

Tier 2 supplier

 

 

Social and environmental impacts

To improve our due diligence and obtain third party documentation, we require our main tier 2 suppliers to be STeP by OEKO-TEX certified.

Focal, tier 1, tier 2

 

GHG emissions

In 2021, we will identify our carbon footprint for scope 1, 2 and 3.

 

Supply chain grievance mechanism and remediation
The aim of Kentaur’s due diligence is to identify, prevent and mitigate potential harms before they turn into adverse impacts. Occasionally, risk of harm can turn into actual impacts. We want to take responsibility for potential and actual social and environmental adverse impacts we might have caused or contributed to via our business and purchasing practices. Via our supply chain grievance mechanism, we encourage our supply chain to notice Kentaur about eventual grievances. Grievances must be sent to grievance@kentaur.com and addressed to the executive management.

Kentaur has not received any grievances in 2020.

To find more information on the grievance and remediation process, we refer to our Supply Chain Grievance Mechanism process description.