Hamburg, 13th June 2017

CPI2 and SAC Announce Partnership: Digitalisation Helping Factories to Help Themselves Worldwide

The industry initiative CPI2, launched by the Otto Group in 2012, has established a partnership with the world’s most important platform for the sustainable management of textile supply chains, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The common goal is to create synergies and minimise the negative social and environmental impact in global supply chains. Both initiatives provide know-how via digital channels, which manufacturers can use to improve their production processes independently and effectively.

The partnership allows CPI2 and SAC to increase the benefit to manufacturers and to brand and trading companies from the textile and footwear sector. Both organisations have their own web-based platform, SAC’s Higg Index and the CPI2 Know-How Tool, each of which complements the other, thereby helping factories to identify areas of action and develop appropriate measures. Manufacturers and trading companies therefore have a comprehensive set of helpful tools at their disposal to gradually reduce harmful environmental effects in their supply chains.

“The collaboration between CPI2 and SAC provides a win-win situation for all involved”, explains Andreas Streubig, Managing Director of CPI2 GmbH and Division Manager Sustainability Management at the Otto Group. “More than 1,000 factories in 35 countries are now using CPI2 and benefitting from the pragmatic and application-oriented knowledge transfer. This partnership will allow us to expand the field of capacity building and make an even greater contribution to improving production conditions in global supply chains.”

"SAC and CPI2 share a common goal: to drive performance improvement in the apparel, footwear and home textile industry. By partnering with organisations like CPI2, we can leverage additional tools that complement the SAC’s Higg Index to reduce negative environmental impacts across the supply chain“, explains Amina Razvi, Vice President of Membership at the SAC. „We’re excited to collaborate together to achieve the industry change we seek.“

Both partners have agreed to continue to raise the high degree of compatibility between their systems in the future and increase the benefit for users of the Higg Index and CPI2.


About CPI2

CPI2 GmbH is a fully-owned company within the Otto Group. It was established in 2012 on the initiative of the Otto Group, together with seven other German retail and brand companies. CPI2 aims to reduce environmental impact in production facilities of global supply chains. The basis of CPI2 is an online programme which helps factories to improve their use of energy, water and chemicals and provides them with specific recommended action and concrete support. CPI2 therefore offers manufacturers the opportunity to significantly decrease their negative environmental impact, saving considerable costs in the process. There are more than 400 recommendations for action and a toolbox with over 150 supporting documents in the CPI2 tool. The online programme was developed by Systain Consulting, a business consultancy specialised in sustainability topics, and supported by the German Federal Environmental Agency.


About SAC

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an industry-wide group of more than 200 leading apparel, footwear and home textile, brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, nonprofits/NGOs, and academic institutions working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of products around the world. Through multi-stakeholder engagement, the SAC seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating apparel, footwear and home textile product sustainability performance that spotlights priorities for action and opportunities for technological innovation. The SAC was incorporated as a 501c(6) nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011. For more information, visit


Press contacts:

Nicole Sieverding, +49 40 6461 3179,

Andreas Streubig, +49 40 6461 7070,





Hamburg, 6th June 2014

Bangladeshi textile producer wins CPI2-Award for exemplary climate protection

The Carbon Performance Improvement Initiative (CPI2), a coalition of leading companies in the textile and shoe industry strengthening climate protection in manufacturing facilities worldwide, has honoured Jinnat Knitwear Ltd. from Bangladesh with the „CPI2-Top-Factory Award“.

It was the first time that this prize was awarded to one of the currently 500 textile and shoe manufacturers from 17 countries that are successfully using the web tool. The CPI2-Tool supports factories worldwide in their efforts to reduce their energy consumption and thus their greenhouse gas emissions.

Jinnat Knitwear stood out due to its commitment of applying CPI2: With the help of the web tool, the textile manufacturer has defined a comprehensive plan of measures and implemented them over the last year. The management deliberately initiated pilot projects to gain experience that could be applied in the whole factory. Employees were asked to contribute ideas and receive a bonus for their proposals. New energy saving options are checked regularly in order to increase the energy efficiency of all processes. Numerous “best practice” measures that were implemented have pioneer character for textile and shoe manufacturers worldwide. Overall, Jinnat, a company of the DBL Group located in Dhaka, has saved more than 900 tons of climate-damaging carbon dioxide (CO2). For this year, Jinnat works on an ambitious plan to drive energy efficiency and environmental protection forward again. Jinnat shows in an exemplary manner how active climate protection in manufacturing facilities worldwide can be promoted.

The Carbon Performance Improvement Initiative (CPI2) consists of 14 retailers and brands: Deichmann, Ernsting's family, Hamm Reno, HSE24, Karstadt, KiK, New Frontier, OTTO, QVC, s.Oliver, TAA Mosgen, Tchibo, TOM TAILOR GROUP. The work of the CPI2 initiative is supported by the DEG (German Investment and Development Society). The German Federal Environment Agency and the Foreign Trade Association of the German Retail Trade (AVE) are partners of the initiative which is developed and implemented by Systain Consulting.

Warsaw, 19th November 2013

Enforcing climate protection in global supply chains

Retailers state their role as multipliers to reduce GHG-emissions in emerging economies

Leading brands and retailers called for stronger climate protection today at the United Nations Climate Protection Summit in Warsaw. “Retailers are a vital link between consumer and production markets”, according to Dr. Johannes Merck, Vice President Corporate Responsibility of Otto Group, a globally operating retail and services group in Germany. “There is considerable momentum, retailers can gain by facilitating climate protection in their global value chains.”

Johannes Merck represents the “Carbon Performance Improvement Initiative” (CPI2) of 13 brands and retailers to reduce CO2 emissions in the global supply chains of consumer goods. As an innovative joint initiative, CPI2 has been invited to a side event of the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) at the UN Climate Protection Summit.

Jochen Flasbarth, President of the Umweltbundesamt stated, “CPI2 is a clear commitment from retailers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the global supply chain significantly. It creates a framework for joint action to build-up needed capacities to fight against climate change and to further close the implementation gap.”

The CPI2-initiative presented an online tool, which assists suppliers in reducing CO2 emissions and can be used extensively within global supply chains. Johannes Merck reports, “This tool has become a powerful support for our suppliers. The action driven approach provides practical know-how to the factories and initiates various improvement measures.” More than 300 factories in 14 countries already use the online tool to reduce their emissions.

Johannes Merck adds, “Complexity is not an excuse any more. Any brand and retailer has a responsibility to address climate protection in supply chain management.”

The Carbon Performance Improvement Initiative (CPI2) consists of 13 retailers and brands: Deichmann, Ernsting's family, Hamm Reno, HSE24, Karstadt, KiK, New Frontier, OTTO, QVC, s.Oliver, TAA Mosgen, Tchibo, TOM TAILOR GROUP. The work of the CPI2 initiative is supported by the DEG (German Investment and Development Society). The German Federal Environment Agency accompanies the initiative professionally as a strategic partner. Systain Consulting carries out development and implementation.


Hamburg, 14. November 2013

Textil- und Schuhhandelsunternehmen setzen sich für globalen Klimaschutz ein

Initiative des Handels auf Klimagipfel in Warschau vorgestellt

Angesichts der weltweit rasant steigenden CO2-Emissionen rufen führende Marken- und Handelsunternehmen auf der Klimakonferenz in Warschau zu stärkerem Klimaschutz auf. Gemeinsam haben sich die Unternehmen aus der Textil- und Schuhbranche zur Carbon Performance Improvement Initiative (CPI2) zusammengeschlossen, um klimaschädliche CO2-Emissionen in den weltweiten Produktionsstätten für Konsumgüter zu reduzieren.

„Die meisten Produkte, die wir hier in Deutschland verbrauchen, werden in Übersee hergestellt“, hält Dr. Matthias Händle, geschäftsführender Gesellschafter der Hamm Reno Gruppe  und Vorsitzender der Initiative, fest. „In den Produktionsstätten der Schwellenländer ist der Umgang mit Energie trotz riesiger Versorgungsengpässe oft verschwenderisch. Das CO2-Niveau in diesen Ländern steigt ungebremst“, so Händle weiter. „Als international agierende Handelsunternehmen dürfen wir uns nicht nur auf den CO2-Ausstoß in Deutschland beschränken, sondern müssen vielmehr die Emissionen der gesamten Lieferkette vor Augen haben.“

Vom 11. bis 22. November tagt die UN-Klimakonferenz in Warschau. Als Initiative des Handels ist CPI2 auf den Weltklimagipfel eingeladen worden. Sie stellt dort ihr Instrument vor, das Lieferanten bei der Reduktion von klimaschädlichen CO2-Emissionen unterstützt und großflächig in der globalen Lieferkette eingesetzt werden kann. Das Online-Tool setzt bei jedem einzelnen Lieferanten einen systematischen Verbesserungsprozess in Gang und vermittelt den Produzenten praktisches Klimaschutz-Know-how. „Wir sind nicht nur Einkäufer, sondern auch Botschafter bei den Lieferanten. Wenn die Fabrik mithilfe des Webtools feststellt, dass sie der Umwelt unnötig schadet und gleichzeitig Geld zum Fenster hinauswirft, dann öffnen sich plötzlich neue Wege, Klimaschutz voranzubringen“, so Händle. Über 300 Fabriken aus 14 Ländern arbeiten bereits mit dem Online-Tool, um ihre Emissionen zu senken.

„Der Handel ist eine entscheidende Schnittstelle zwischen den Industrienationen und schnell wachsenden Schwellenländern“, ergänzt Händle. Im internationalen Klimaschutz spiele dies bislang eine untergeordnete Rolle trotz der enormen Hebel, die sich damit bieten. Bei dem Side-Event des Umweltbundesamtes am 19. November auf dem Klimagipfel in Warschau werden Vertreter aus Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft die Chancen eines gemeinsamen Vorgehens diskutieren.

Der Carbon Performance Improvement Initiative (CPI2) gehören 13 Handels- und Markenunternehmen an: Deichmann, Ernsting’s family, Hamm Reno, HSE24, Karstadt, KiK, New Frontier, OTTO, QVC, s.Oliver, TAA Mosgen, Tchibo, TOM TAILOR GROUP. Die Arbeit der CPI2-Initiative wird von der DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft unterstützt. Das Umweltbundesamt begleitet als strategischer Kooperationspartner die Initiative fachlich. Die Entwicklung und Implementierung erfolgt durch Systain Consulting.