Vitale Barberis Canonico interprets the idea of sustainability as being based on three principal aspects: People, Environment and Product. The connection between these three concepts guarantees the creation of value over time. During its long history of more than 350 years creating fabrics for formal men’s clothing, Vitale Barberis Canonico has always been committed to sustainability: starting with its close ties to the region, from which it takes its principal resources and to which it is devoted, to returning economic growth and support to the community, while always keeping an eye on environmental issues.
In 2019, Vitale Barberis Canonico adopted a voluntary integrated QSE System (Quality, Safety, Environment) which has been formalised and is certified by a third party.
We have been awarded the following certifications for our plants in Pratrivero and Pray, and also for our showroom in Milan:
Reuse of the contents of the dyeing tanks to recuperate dyes and auxiliary chemicals and the reduction of water consumption.
Purchase of first Greenhills farm in Australia
Purification system for effluents with biological, active mud treatment and tertiary active carbon treatment
Noise level reduction in weaving shops as a result of the study and installation of first generation sound-isolation cabins covering every loom.
New finishing department with a number of system improvements for reduction of water consumption and energy.
New highly-automated dyeing department with a number of system improvements for energy consumption reductions and reuse of contents of dyeing tanks
New regenerative thermal afterburner for the treatment of waste gas smells caused by singeing.
No Mulesed/Ceased Mulesed declaration system in collaboration with New England Wool.
Model 231, including Company Code of Ethics.
Life Insurance for all employees pursuant to Company supplementary agreement.
ISO 9001 Quality certification.
New gas central heating system with low-emission steam generators and recuperation of energy from fumes and condensation.
New Company welfare system including supplementary health insurance, Long Term Care insurance, tax-free annual shopping voucher, pension hours time bank fostering ad hoc arrangements for serious or long-term sickness.
Tessile e Salute (Textiles and Health) Certification.
Wool Excellence Club and Wool Excellence Award dedicated to breeders.
SustainaWOOL Integrity Scheme to promote the supply of sustainable raw materials.
Second line of purification treatment using MBR membrane bioreactor and ozone decolourisation to recycle part of the effluents from finishing department.
New Company supplementary agreement for maintenance of preceding agreements and improvement of provisions therein, amongst which safeguarding of salaries in events of serious or long-term sickness and implementation of an exclusive network of discounts with local businesses.
Formalisation of CSR office.
First Sustainability Report and the launch of H.O.P.E.
QSE certifications QSA (UNI EN ISO 14001:2015 and UNI EN ISO 45001:2018)