Social responsibility and sustainability are fundamental values strongly advocated by Ivančica as part of our business model. We are aware of our impact on society and the environment, and we are committed to promoting socially responsible behavior as a key element of our business strategy. To achieve this, we have implemented an Ethical Code and Code of Conduct that apply to all levels of our organization. These codes guide our actions and obligations towards our employees, business partners, community, and environment. We adhere to high standards of integrity, transparency, fairness, and respect for human rights in all aspects of our business. As a responsible footwear manufacturer, we recognize the importance of a sustainable approach throughout the value chain. Collaborating with reliable suppliers who share our sustainability values and apply best practices in production is crucial to us. We continuously work on reducing our ecological footprint by utilizing innovative technologies and materials with a lower environmental impact. We are in the process of developing a sustainability strategy and ESG goals related to the environment, social aspects, and ensuring transparent, responsible, and efficient company management. We also actively support the local community through socially engaged projects, donations, and volunteering. We care about the well-being of our employees, promote diversity, and create a safe and inspiring work environment. Our goal is not only to achieve business success but also to make positive social and environmental changes. We believe that every company has a responsibility to the world in which it operates, and we are committed to being an example of sustainable business and encouraging others to follow our path. Through our dedication to socially responsible behavior and sustainability, we aim to leave a positive legacy for future generations. We will continue to invest efforts in improving our practices and collaborating with relevant stakeholders to achieve even greater results. Sustainable development is integrated into our business management. Thank you for supporting our efforts for social responsibility and sustainability. We look forward to the journey towards a better future together.
At Ivančica, we place exceptional importance on ethical business practices and social responsibility. Ivančica's Ethical Code focuses on the values and principles that the company promotes in all its business activities. This code encompasses our core values and defines our business culture and identity. The emphasis is on principles of integrity, honesty, transparency, and social responsibility. Ivančica's Ethical Code applies to all employees of the company, regardless of their position or level of responsibility. You can download Ethical Code from this link.
Ivančica's commitment to achieving the highest standards of ethics and integrity is reflected in the Code of Conduct established by the Management, which aims to ensure proper and responsible conduct in all aspects of the company's operations. Ivančica's Code of Conduct describes the expected behavior of employees and business partners, regulating areas such as worker protection, environmental protection, and respect for intellectual property. You can download the Code of Conduct from this link.
As a children's footwear brand dedicated to ecological sustainability, we apply the concept of ecological design to develop "truly" environmentally sustainable shoes. The process of designing Froddo shoes is based on considering the product's life cycle, considering all stages of production, use, and disposal. One of the key aspects of Froddo shoes' ecological design is functional design. This means that the shoes are designed to be comfortable, practical, and durable, with the aim of lasting and being usable over an extended period. This is achieved using high-quality materials and careful craftsmanship. The choice of environmentally low-impact materials is the most important aspect of Froddo shoes' ecological design. All our materials comply with REACH standards and other legal regulations and come from verified EU sources. In the production of Froddo footwear, we use natural leather with Leather Working Group certification, and textile materials come with Global Organic Textile Standard certification. Certain materials have the Global Recycled Standard certification. We practice the use and continuous research and testing of materials such as organic cotton, recycled materials, and other environmentally friendly options. The rational use of materials and resources is a crucial element of ecological design. We strive to minimize waste and reduce energy consumption in our production processes through careful production planning and the application of efficient manufacturing techniques. We continuously improve and modernize our production processes to reduce the negative impact on the environment by using energy-efficient machinery and equipment. We also focus on efficient distribution techniques by using recycled packaging and minimizing promotional and sales materials accompanying the product.
Ivančica has been dedicated to change and sustainable operations for many years. We continuously implement numerous initiatives to improve our sustainability in all aspects of our business. One of the key changes we have implemented is the construction of a 300KW solar power plant. This solar power plant enables us to produce 40% of our total energy needs. The remaining electricity we use in production, logistics, and retail processes is sourced from suppliers that use exclusively green energy sources. As a result, Froddo footwear is produced and sold using 100% green energy. We are also in the process of procuring new technologies for our cutting room to reduce waste by 10% through digitizing the cutting process. All our facilities and offices use LED lighting, which allows us to achieve energy savings of up to 70% compared to conventional lighting. We utilize solar energy for preparing domestic hot water, further reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. We continuously work on developing new work models and production processes to leverage the advantages of modern technology while ensuring the environmental acceptability and sustainability of our products. Our goal is to achieve a process that does not cause any harm to the environment and is completely self-sustainable. Although we have a long way to go and much effort ahead, we work every day to achieve this goal and believe that we will succeed.
At Ivančica, we believe that our responsibility to the environment is reflected in our packaging practices. We strive to find the best solutions that technology and research can offer to reduce the negative impact of our packaging. All our packaging is made from recycled materials, and we exclusively use recycled paper. In Croatia, we have been using biodegradable bags for several years, while we no longer use PVC bags abroad. As exports account for 80% of our total production, this is a significant step. To encourage the reduction of single-use bags, we offer reusable cloth bags for purchase in our stores. This way, we promote a sustainable lifestyle and actively participate in waste reduction. We continuously explore new technologies and materials to ensure that our packaging is functional, aesthetically appealing, and environmentally friendly. Our commitment to sustainability is evident in every aspect of our business, including packaging. We want to ensure that our products safely reach our customers without unnecessary burden on the environment. Your support is crucial in our endeavor to build a sustainable future together.