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New Future - Environmental Sustainability

The environmental impacts of operating and producing goods globally is significant. We recognize that, and for the last 10 years have been slowly (but steadily) building sustainability and management of our impacts into our business. We’re nowhere near perfect – that goes without saying – and while there’s still a long road ahead of us, here are a few things we’d like to share with you as we look back on 2015. When we look at our impacts, we’re considering everything we can from start to finish; from raw materials to the finished products that end up on your body (and then what you do with them afterwards).

EPL-ChartEnvironmental Profit & Loss (the E P&L)

We’re proud to say, thanks to the E P&L, that as far as we know, we are the first brand in our space to participate in natural capital accounting, This innovative reporting tool is helping us understand where our most significant impacts are occurring (hint, hint: we’re starting here with our products). Placing a monetary value on the changes to society that our products have created, the E P &L allows us to measure our impacts across all our supply chain, and broken out by: GHGs (greenhouse gas emissions – be sure to keep up on the news post COP21), Air Pollution, Land Use, Waste, Water Use, and Water Pollution.

With 3 years of reporting under our belts, we are confident to say – and it's well understood and widely accepted amongst our industry – that upwards of 75% of our impacts occur at the points of production furthest back in our supply chain: Raw materials sourcing and production. This continues to help drive the decision-making when it comes to sustainability initiatives in the company.

Something else to note: Kering has made public the methodology of the E P&L; something this good deserves to be opened up to others. Learn more at Kering.com.


Our Products:

Repreve-RackContinued Partnership with Repreve

To address the impacts that our raw material choices have, we have partnered with Repreve, helping “turn plastic bottles into cool stuff.” Once just a staple in the boardshorts line, Repreve Recyled fibers are finding their way into our Snow base layer program, and more significantly, into our core chino program; one of the biggest volume programs we have. You can be sure there’s more to come. Did you know that every boardshort made with Repreve uses about 5 plastic bottles, giving that resource a new, and we’d like to think, better life!

Sustainability in T-Shirts

Our t-shirt line is one of our biggest programs, so it’s important that we address sustainability here. The two t-shirt fits (in the Mens range) that make up most of the program are the Basic Fit and the Modern Fit. Both have significant sustainability features.

In North America our Basic Fit tees are made with conventionally grown US & Mexico cotton that is spun into yarns in Mexico. The fabric is knit in California and is then dyed at bluesign™ system partner, Swisstex California in Los Angeles. Swisstex is one of the premier and most sustainable dye houses in the industry, and having their facility bluesign™ certified equals the elimination of harmful substances from the beginning of the manufacturing process and ensures that there are controls and standards for a more environmentally friendly and safe production. The tees are then sewn in Mexico and shipped to our warehouse in California.

Our Modern Fit Tees are made of cotton, organically grown in India. Organic cotton is the gold standard in sustainability when it comes to cotton used in apparel and we’re happy to see this line becoming more and more in demand.

bluesign® Approved Fabrics

In line with our parent company’s sustainability target of “Ensuring all hazardous chemicals have been phased out and eliminated from our production by 2020” we continue to offer more and more bluesign® approved fabrics in our line – especially the Snow line. The bluesign® system is the solution for a sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production.

Reduce, Reuse, ReVolcom

What started as a way for us to put the vinyl banners from our surf events to new use, allowing them a new life rather than ending up in the landfill, has become a bit of a small movement. The Reduce, Reuse, ReVolcom concept is about taking Volcom items that have had a prior life and putting them to new use: ReVolcom-izing them. In North America we offered a collection of items including boardbags, totes, and iPad cases made from Volcom Pipe Pro banners during a fundraising drive for Surfrider Foundation and in Japan the team put old fabric scraps to use by making Stone throw pillows for their retail accounts.


Our Operations:

 

Renewable Energy

We know that GHG emissions are a serious issue and as we work towards reducing them across our global operations we are excited to take a step forward in our commitment to renewable energy with the Volcom Pipe Houses at the world famous Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of O’ahu running on solar energy, thanks to our solar partner Rising Sun Solar. You too, can become sponsored by the sun!

DBSE-2015

Volcom Events

Running events is quite the undertaking and there’s no shortage of areas to focus on when it comes to environmental impacts. Our biggest event each year is the Volcom Pipe Pro and since 2012 it has been deemed a Deep Blue Surf Event™ (DBSE) by the non-profit organization Sustainable Surf whose mission is to be the catalyst that transforms surf culture into a powerful force for protecting the ocean playground.

Volcom holds the distinct honor for receiving the first, official Deep Blue Surf Event certification back in 2012 at the Volcom Fiji Pro. Since then the Volcom Pipe Pro continues its roll while the TCT Champs came on board this year as well. See our DBSE Reports at: http://sustainablesurf.org/contests/

Sustainability at our HQ

From our supply chain to our HQ we are doing everything we can to reduce our environmental impact. It all adds up and if you were to tour our main campuses here is what you will find:

  • Waste: On Site Recycling – A Single-Stream recycling program in partnership with Waste Management has recycle bins throughout, while bigger scale cardboard balers handle all the boxes that are ready for recycling at HQ and at the N. America Distribution Center. You’ll find a Waste to Waves collection box on site as well, to ensure that Styrofoam is going back into surfboards, and not into the landfill.
  • Energy: LEDs and CFL mix is featured at our global HQ building with light sensors all throughout. Additionally, our retail team is committed to not building a new store without at least a +50 % LED mix in them.
  • Water: Our global HQ is outfitted with low-flow water fixtures in all bathrooms and landscaping is low-water, drip system irrigated.
  • Bike Share Program: Four bikes on site at Volcom HQ to encourage a ride to lunch, with new bike racks being installed in 2016!
  • Sustainable By Design Monthly Contest: We encourage employees by offering monthly rewards for sustainability efforts at the office, or at home! A winner each month.

Noticias + vídeos

Product
VOLCOM ACHIEVES FAIR LABOR ASSOCIATION ACCREDITATION
In February of 2018, after years of being an 'affiliate' brand, Volcom was officially voted in by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) as an accredited 'member;' an achievement Volcom has had its sights set on since 2014. It's a badge that sets the brand apart and recognizes the commitment and diligence that has been put into their social compliance program over the last twelve years. Companies like Volcom that join the FLA commit to ten Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing (and/or Production) and agree to uphold the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct in their supply chain. The Code of Conduct is based on International Labor Organization (ILO) standards and seeks to protect the workers who manufacture a company's goods. Brands can sign on as affiliates, but it takes years of implementation to bring their supply chains into compliance with the FLA's expectations to become and accredited member. The standards aim to achieve decent and humane working conditions in global supply chains and address important subjects like nondiscrimination, forced labor, child labor, compensation, hours of work, and more. In 2014, as a first step, Volcom became an FLA 'affiliate' noting that "The FLA provided Workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Benchmarks that helped Volcom achieve the goal of making sure workers were not only receiving wages for basic needs and training for promotions to improve their lives, but also to be treated with dignity and respect." During its implementation period, the P.A.S.S. team at Volcom (Product and Social Safety) worked with FLA to: Adopt and communicate workplace standards Train staff to assess and remediate noncompliance issues Conduct internal assessments of facilities Provide workers with confidential reporting channels After a trip to Washington, DC in February for the FLA vote, it was confirmed that Volcom's efforts had been rewarded. "We're honored and proud, said Big Tony Alvarez, Volcom's VP of Global Supply Chain and the head of its compliance program. "It's been a learning process and a challenge, but a continuously positive one. It's been a real partnership between our suppliers, the FLA, and our teams internally. We're so stoked for this achievement and it's a win for all involved." Volcom's compliance program, referred to now as P.A.S.S., began in 2006 with the implementation of their first Code of Conduct and has steadily developed and matured ever since. Volcom's P.A.S.S. team is built on the FLA's shared belief that "The products we buy should not come at the cost of workers' rights." Their membership recognition reinforces that belief. Volcom's accreditation will be up for renewal every three years following a satisfactory FLA evaluation of labor compliance systems and activities during the timeframe.
Skate
INTERVIEW + OUTFIT INSPO W/ SKATER GIRLS DEIMANTE AND AIMEE ROCKIN' OUR GEORGIA MAY JAGGER SPRING COLLECTION
CHECK OUT THIS INTERVIEW WITH SOME OF THE RADDEST SKATER BABES SHOWING US THEIR OUTFIT INSPO IN OUR NEW GMJ SPRING COLLECTION Our favorite London-based photographer, Leila Afghan, is back at it again, snapping photos and hanging with Deimante Sprainaityte and Aimee Gillingwater, two skater girls who are not afraid to rock their own styles. We were able to have a quick chat with the girls while they rode around town in our newest Volcom x Georgia May Jagger Collection, a collection inspired by 90's streetwear. Keep scrolling for the interview and some major women's outfit inspiration! Tell us about the shoot locations! DEIMANTE: Ballroom is a DIY Spot in Buckinghamshire. An abandoned building that used to be offices. Around three years ago, local skaters located it and started building it up slowly into a skate park that is one of the best DIY spots I have seen. AIMEE: Soho and London. The land of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. The London center of street and skater fashion. Soho is an area, as a musician, I spent a lot of time during my youth staring at all the instruments Denmark St. had to offer. It’s an interesting location as the collection was designed by Georgia May Jagger, the daughter of the frontman of the Rolling Stones. Soho has a lot of history attributed to her family. Do you prefer skating street or transitions? DEIMANTE: Both AIMEE: Both Who is your favorite skater? DEIMANTE: Nora Vasoncellos for sure AIMEE: Maria Dal Santo Do you skate goofy or regular? DEIMANTE: Goofy AIMEE: Regular Who are three people you would bring back from the dead? DEIMANTE: David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Dylan Rieder AIMEE: Carrie Fisher, David Bowie, Nina Simone
Events
Harry Lintell - Video Part UK Premiere
Make sure not to miss out on Harry Lintell’s Real Part releasing today at Free Skateboard Magazine. @harrylintell, @freeskatemag, @realskateboards, @volcomskate CLICK HERE TO WATCH    
Events
Volcom Rail Jam 2018 at Volcom Krynistler Snowpark
We had a great day during our first edition of Volcom Rail Jam ! Event was located in Volcom Krynistler Snowpark which Volcom is a main sponsor starting this season !! Atmosphere was excellent, we had not bad weather great set up prepared by Park Pirates and nice group of the best and craziest jibbers. We have started at noon with qualification part open for everyone. Riders were kicking from the beginning, ripping strong tricks on high skilled obstacles. 3 lines with different hardness made a big challenge for everyone forcing guys to the limit. Everything was hyped by music, and a delicious BBQ free for anyone with special thanks to our local partner BoardZone ! Gnu snowboards organized a bunch of jib boards for testing. Going further after quali time we had final runs , with plenty of mellow tricks- shredding all lines , doing transfers and strong combinations! Judges decided and pointed our first 3 best Volcom Rail Jam competitors. 3rd place that day was taken by Kuba Szkaradek for his nice style and technical lines. On the 2nd stage of podium we had our Volcom Man – Maciek Długosz who showed everyone that style matters and doing big transfers is profitable, he was unbreakable ! The best and the furious was one and only Rafał Sypień !! He blasted the strongest ones, he was the most creative and made a most varied trick combinations. We had also nice jibbing session with our beautiful ladies , with a Basia Sekudewicz winning bangers ! We want to thanks to our main partners for extra prizes – one of the best real snowboard on-line shops Snow- City.pl for Crab Grap stuff, Boardzone shop for organizational support and the best BBQ ever, Park Pirates for set up and the best hosting, Gnu for the test boards and support and ThirtyTwo for nice prize pack. See you next year with some new and fresh ideas !! Let it snow ! http://sfl420.pl/volcom-rail-jam/ http://e-snowboard.info/newsy/volcom-rail-jam-2018/ https://www.facebook.com/events/1450796705046843/ BBQ,Chill,Volcombooth Chilling Time Maciek Dàugosz - transfer Maciek Dàugosz Rafaà Sypie‰  Rafaà Sypie‰ - sequence Rafaà Sypie‰ Snowpark climbing Tomek Zielony Victorious Ladies Victorious Mens VolcomRailJam setup
Surf
"Home, Sweet Home" with Joan Duru
Joan is a huge fan of barrels, which is why this video edit is packed with nothing but France beach break barrels. Before his start on the 2018 World Surf League Championship Tour, Joan enjoyed a short break at home, snagging a couple good days during a not-so-good winter. Good luck to Joan on the 2018 Championship Tour!
Surf
Xo Coco Ho Documentary - A Look at the Famous Surfer's Career
This is the compelling story of Coco Ho and her 10 years on tour Dive into the colorful story of female surfer Coco Ho from Oahu’s North Shore and learn how she got started surfing, her rich surfing family history, ups and downs on the Championship Tour, and everything in between. Including exclusive interviews with brother, Mason Ho, father, Michael Ho, and world champion surfers John John Florence and Stephanie Gilmore. Coco Ho picked up surfing at an early age Coco Ho started surfing at the young age of seven after following in the footsteps of her brother and father. As Coco recalls, "I just remember trying to impress my brother. My whole growing up was all to impress Mason." Mason Ho and Coco Ho Living and learning on the tour for the past 10 years now, Coco is looking forward to focusing solely on her surfing and letting it speak for itself. She's in the right mindset, has the ability, and feels more inspired and energized than ever before. "I'm not going to let anything get in the way this time. I'm going for the world title." Today, Coco has won over 25 surfing awards and has been voted a top three fan favorite in Surfer Magazine's Surfer Poll Take a look at a two-part excerpt from the edit with Coco Ho, Mason Ho, and Michael Ho: