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 Melissa + Sustainability

An extraordinary future can only come about through responsibility and attitude. It starts when we rethink and reprogram ourselves - paying close attention to the impact of our ideas and actions.

Are you in?

We've been putting more and more study, technology, and hands-on work on our production chain to ensure we're doing our absolute best.

Sustainable development is the balance between economic growth, social inclusion, and valuing local cultures. Combined, these aspects form a collection of positive practices that take us where we need to be.

It's about growing in unison to give our best to the planet and everyone on it.

Grendene is committed to sustainability. This is where Melissa's story begins.

Grendene's Sustainable Development Policy sets up a series of actions, some of which we've already undertaken and others that are upcoming proposals. They all follow the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global effort to build a better future.

Grendene supports all of these SDG initiatives:

3 - HEALTH AND WELLBEING

3 - HEALTH AND WELLBEING

4 - QUALITY EDUCATION

4 - QUALITY EDUCATION

5 - GENDER EQUALITY

5 - GENDER EQUALITY

6 - DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION

6 - DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION

7 - AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY

7 - AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY

8 - DECENT WORK AND ECONOMY GROWTH

8 - DECENT WORK AND ECONOMY GROWTH

9 - INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE

9 - INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE

12 - RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

12 - RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

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Health and Wellbeing:(+)

Quality education:(+)

Gender equality:(+)

Drinking water and sanitation:(+)

Affordable and Clean Energy:(+)

Decent work and economic growth:(+)

Industry, innovation, and infrastructure:(+)

Responsible consumption and production:(+)

Grendene, how do we do it?

Moving forward with a clear destination in mind.

Grendene tackles sustainable development on three fronts: people, operations, and products.

Appreciation and respect for people begins with ethics – in the workplace and relationships. We have projects for health and well-being in addition to programs for valuing others and professional training.

7 thousand

people participate in continuing education at Grendene University.

Eco-efficient operations

like our Solar Power System at the Sobral plants - located in the Northeastern state of Ceará minimize production impact.

1.810 MWh

of renewable energy are generated a year.

1,000 houses

could use this energy at the same time.

992 tons

of carbon emissions have already been avoided.

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Vegan Vegan

All Grendene shoes are Vegan

we're recognized by the Vegan Society, a UK-based institution that provides guidance on a cruelty-free world since 1944.

Also, our paper packaging is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) - guaranteeing its responsible origin.

One by one, boom

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All these initiatives generate results that we will bring to life.

100%

of our water will be treated and reused by 2020. Today, we already treat and reuse approximately 80%.

31%

of water consumption has been reduced in the last 5 years.

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400 thousand m³ of water = 161 Olympic Swimming Pools
2.04 Liters per pair

2013

1.41 Liters per pair

2018

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During this period, Grendene also decreased:

57% in waste generation

92% of which is already recycled.

13% o consumo de energia

in energy consumption, reducing carbon emissions.

4,274 tCO2

is prevented from being released into the atmosphere.

Zero waste.

Thanks to our biodigestor, all excess food and other organic compounds generated at our factories become gas for the kitchen to use or fertilizer – a simple and eco-efficient manner to produce

When providing purpose and care to our local environment, the definitions of plastic need to be constantly updated.

Our Plastic

We support the global fight against uncontrolled use of plastic - focusing on single-use plastics like straws, bags, and plastic bottles. The world cannot recycle all of this material, so it ends up becoming pollution.

However, this is not the case with Melissa. Our shoes are made to be reusable, and after you've worn out your Melissa shoes you can always trade with or donate to someone else. If you still need to get rid of them, they're made of 100% recyclable raw material and will become new products.

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10/15

Sustainability is all about flow.

On October 15th - Conscious Consumption Day in Brazil - we cleaned out more than 300 of our stores, including Galeria Melissa New York and Galeria Melissa London. Marking the beginning of a shoe recycling project, Melissas that are no longer wearable are given a proper destination.

We're embracing this date to generate new information and build awareness about Melissa's sustainability. In addition to the installation of permanent collection bins in our stores, October 15th also invites everyone to learn about our journey in search of sustainability. We believe conscious consumption also means understanding the origin and destination of every product consumed.

Conscious consumption is rooted in considering both origins and destinations.

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100% Melissa
100% cruelty-free

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Melissa is 100%
Vegan + Conscious +
Recyclable raw material

Zero animal origin products with a composition of approximately 15% renewable materials.

Melissa has reduced impact from star to finish, as well as a lot of people who're focused on always improving.

3 goals for our future

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Responsible development is one of those types of projects that's always under construction. We have to be committed, consistent, and coherent.

To this end, we've made three main commitments

Shoes Recycling

Clubes Melissa and Galerias Melissa are synonymous with the new Melissa. Now they're also welcome points for recycling, with bins waiting for the Melissa Shoes that you no longer wear.

If you love it, you care for it. Help us complete and then restart a Melissa's lifecycle in the best way possible.

A, B, C

We understand plastic's potential, and we know it can be used for much more than just carrying water. So we want to open a dialogue about the possibilities and challenges of minimal impact, bringing forward the information and innovation for the future we want.

Always remembering that we are on the side of 100% reusable plastics.

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The extraordinary future is plural

We live for connecting stories and people, while always respecting different expressions of identity. The positive impact also portrays diversity.

And around here, change is already underway.

Watch our manifesto

Want to know more?

Send doubts / complaints / suggestions / compliments to (866) 604-6160 / sac@grendene.com.br.

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