Our sup­ply chains

Sus­taina­bi­li­ty in the tex­ti­le indus­try means much more than just pro­ces­sing eco­lo­gi­cal­ly pro­du­ced cot­ton. It poses par­ti­cu­lar chal­len­ges for com­pa­nies at every sta­ge of the value chain.

Our approach:
Risk-based sup­ply chain management

The most important com­pon­ents of our pro­ducts are raw fab­rics as well as dyes and auxi­li­a­ries. The sup­ply chains of the­se two com­pon­ents pose a wide ran­ge of sus­taina­bi­li­ty chal­len­ges for us. This inclu­des, among other things, com­pli­an­ce with human rights due dili­gence obli­ga­ti­ons or the avo­id­ance of nega­ti­ve envi­ron­men­tal impacts along the sup­ply chain.

We take a risk-based approach to our sup­ply chain manage­ment. The basis for mea­su­res and requi­re­ments is the coun­try risk ana­ly­sis. For coun­tries from which we pro­cu­re direct­ly or indi­rect­ly, the risks of poten­ti­al­ly nega­ti­ve sources of impact on peop­le and the envi­ron­ment are deter­mi­ned using a wide ran­ge of indi­ca­tors. The eva­lua­ti­on of all indi­ca­tors yiel­ds the level of coun­try risk. Depen­ding on the level of this risk, sup­pliers must meet cer­tain requi­re­ments in order to work with us. This inclu­des, for examp­le, the com­mit­ment to our Code of Con­duct, the sub­mis­si­on of various cer­ti­fi­ca­tes, and a wil­ling­ness to adopt a cer­tain degree of transparency.


Code of Conduct

“100% of our sup­pliers from high-risk coun­tries are cer­ti­fied accord­ing to reco­gnis­ed envi­ron­men­tal or social standards.”
Raw fab­ric sup­ply chain
Our sup­ply chain profile
4 Agen­ci­es

sup­port us in the pro­cu­re­ment of raw fabric.


Raw fab­ric pro­du­cers sup­ply us.

From 3 countries

we pro­cu­re: Ger­ma­ny (1x), Tur­key (1x), Pakistan(6x)

8 years

is the average dura­ti­on of any cooperation

100 %

of sup­pliers are OEKO-TEX® Stan­dard 100-certified


Raw fab­ric

We exclu­si­ve­ly pro­cess high-qua­li­ty raw fab­ric made of long-stap­le fib­re mate­ri­als, whe­ther cot­ton, poly­es­ter or lyo­cell. We buy about a third of our raw fab­ric from just next door: At a spin­ning and wea­ving mill that belon­ged to our com­pa­ny until 2011 and is only two rol­ling gates away. We source other fab­rics, espe­cial­ly ring yarn, with the sup­port of our long-stan­ding part­ners from Paki­stan and Tur­key. We have been working tog­e­ther with most of the pro­du­cers for many years. The average dura­ti­on of any coope­ra­ti­on with raw fab­ric pro­du­cers is more than eight years. The basis of our coope­ra­ti­on is the Ket­tel­hack raw fab­ric stan­dard. Not only the qua­li­ty requi­re­ments, but also eco­lo­gi­cal and social requi­re­ments are laid down here. Depen­ding on the coun­try risk, rele­vant cer­ti­fi­ca­tes in accordance with reco­gnis­ed stan­dards are man­da­to­ry for new addi­ti­ons to our sup­plier portfolio.

We actively invol­ve the agen­ci­es, in par­ti­cu­lar, in our sus­taina­bi­li­ty manage­ment approach. This is becau­se they are in direct con­ta­ct with the pro­du­cers on site. Whe­ther through a pro­cess of bila­te­ral exchan­ge, joint events or the dis­se­mi­na­ti­on of infor­ma­ti­on mate­ri­als – we want to bring all sta­ke­hol­ders on board and sup­port them in the imple­men­ta­ti­on of sus­taina­bi­li­ty requirements.

Colour & auxi­li­a­ry mate­ri­als sup­ply chain
Our stan­dards:

Dyes and auxiliaries

Without dyes, the­re can be no colou­red, high-per­for­mance fab­rics – but the selec­tion and use of the necessa­ry che­mi­cals are car­ri­ed out by us with spe­cial care and due con­si­de­ra­ti­on of eco­lo­gi­cal stan­dards. We source our dyes and addi­ti­ves from repu­ta­ble sup­pliers in Ger­ma­ny, the Nether­lands and Switz­er­land. Espe­cial­ly with regard to com­pli­an­ce with the many requi­re­ments in the area of che­mi­cals, clo­se coope­ra­ti­on with our sup­pliers is a decisi­ve fac­tor. Here, too, we rely on long-stan­ding coope­ra­ti­on in a spi­rit of part­ners­hip. When selec­ting pro­ducts, the focus is not only on sui­ta­bi­li­ty and qua­li­ty but also on other fac­tors, e.g. emis­si­on data, AOX con­tent and also pro­duct certifications. 

You can find more infor­ma­ti­on on our che­mi­cals manage­ment →here.

Colour and auxi­li­a­ry mate­ri­als sup­ply chain
Sup­ply chain for finis­hed textiles

Garment assem­bly

Hotels, as well as hos­pi­tals and nur­sing homes, rely on our bed linen. Becau­se at Ket­tel­hack we know what mat­ters: qua­li­ty, func­tion and com­fort. In addi­ti­on to using a first-class fab­ric, it is also a mat­ter of the garment assembly.

In addi­ti­on to our sam­ple pro­duc­tion at our loca­ti­on in Rhei­ne, we work tog­e­ther with pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies from Poland and Bos­nia Her­ze­go­vina. Our (in part) long-stan­ding coope­ra­ti­on and part­ners­hip is an important basis for the high-qua­li­ty end result. Garment assem­bly in Eas­tern Euro­pe saves long distan­ces, and the risks asso­cia­ted with poten­ti­al­ly nega­ti­ve sources of impact on peop­le and the envi­ron­ment are lower than in Asia.

Sup­ply chain for finis­hed textiles
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