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    Volcom and PangeaSeed Foundation Team Up to Generate Environmental Awareness Through Art and Activism

    Volcom is proud to announce a partnership with the PangeaSeed Foundation, an international collective of artists and activists whose mission is to harnesses the power of art, science, and creativity to generate awareness and effect positive change surrounding global ocean environmental issues. Their mission aligns perfectly with Volcom’s sustainability efforts and overall approach, so teaming up created an opportunity to reach even more people who care about our oceans! The collaboration kicks off for Fall '17 with a collection of graphic tees and a custom recycled PET boardshort featuring the work of two female artists: Bay Area artist Lauren YS and Australian street artist Vexta. Both artists have created murals for PangeaSeed’s groundbreaking Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans program, which places large-scale, ocean-themed murals in coastal cities around the globe, with supporting festivals that promote local environmental education programming. PangeaSeed x Volcom Collection The Volcom X PangeaSeed Collection now brings that art to everyone while also supporting the outreach efforts of the foundation. “We’re excited to launch the new product range with Volcom,” says PangeaSeed founder, Tré Packard. "To be able to collaborate with a brand that shares similar passions for the arts and the environmental preservation is exciting.” The collection includes a tee design by Lauren YS featuring an infinity symbol of entangled octopi. From Vexta, there’s a tee design featuring a mermaid and a shark. All pieces feature custom co-branding and are available at volcom.com. This collection features the work of an artivist and is intended to inspire positive change in our ocean and environment. A portion of proceeds from this product will go toward PangeaSeed's mission of using street art to inspire thought and stimulate dialogue around the world. PangeaSeed Founder, Tré Packard   The Artists Behind The Collection VEXTA Vexta is a self-taught street artist from Sydney, Australia with a bohemian heritage. Her bold and extravagant artworks have invaded our visual landscape from Melbourne to Mexico and everywhere in between. She is a nomad of our modern times, viewing the world through her psychedelic kaleidoscope. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, Vexta spreads her vision across the continents and countries, studios and streets, balancing exhibitions, commissions and creative ventures alike. She has exhibited extensively across Australia, Europe, and North America, including The National Gallery of Australia and has her work held in numerous public, academic and private collections globally. See more of Vexta's art at www.vexta.com.au LAUREN YS Lauren YS is a Bay Area artist whose work is influenced by multiple stages of focus, both geographically and in practice. With dynamic bouts in academics, literature and writing, teaching, illustration, and animation leading up to her arrival in the street art world, the influences of these phases of her own career add up to a robust style of murals and fine art. Lauren’s work aims to create and populate a misfit wonderland in which imaginary heroines can address the absurdities of reality in the confines of a page or a wall. Dreams and mythology add to the myriad of influences that stem from her upbringing in Colorado and her time spent at Stanford, writing for Juxtapoz, working at DreamWorks, and teaching english to high schoolers at San Francisco’s 826 Valencia. Check out more of her work at www.laurenys.com ABOUT PANGEASEED FOUNDATION: PangeaSeed Foundation is an international non-profit organization acting at the intersection of culture and environmentalism to further the conservation of our oceans. PangeaSeed Foundation aims to empower individuals and communities to create meaningful environmental change for oceans through ARTivism, education, and science. PangeaSeed Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. ABOUT SEA WALLS: ARTISTS FOR OCEANS: Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans is a groundbreaking public art project created by PangeaSeed Foundation and supporting artists to help bring the beauty and the plight of the world’s oceans to the streets around the world. Collaborating with internationally renowned artists, large-scale murals and sculpture focus on pressing issues such as overfishing, plastics and pollution, global climate change, and habitat loss.
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    #ThisFirst ...Make Your Passion Your Paycheck

    We're searching the Earth, looking for 15 people who are ready to make their passion their paycheck. 15 people who are ready to say, "F@%k That. This First." So what's your "This"? That one thing more than anything in your life that you are passionate about doing and would love to be able to make your full-time gig. Tell us by entering Volcom's #ThisFirst contest for the chance to win the opportunity to get paid by Volcom while you spend six weeks focusing on your "this". Applying is easy; we've thrown out the traditional job application and replaced it with one simple question, "What's your 'This' and what would it mean to you to put #ThisFirst?". Starting today, you can choose to submit your application with either a video or photo in a comment on our Facebook post or by making a new video or photo post with a caption to your Instagram (don't forget those hashtags); visit the ThisFirst contest page for further details and which is also where you can enter your submission directly to us. Why choose between doing what you love and doing what pays? Let Volcom give you that extra push to prioritize your passion. But don't wait, applications are only being accepted through June 21, 2017. Apply Now NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open only to legal residents of the following countries: the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec); France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom; Australia and New Zealand; Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay; Japan; China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand, who are 16 years of age or older as of date of entry. Starts 12:00 AM ET on June 8, 2017 and ends 11:59 PM ET on June 21, 2017. The Volcom #ThisFirst Contest is sponsored by Volcom LLC. Void where prohibited/restricted by law. For complete details, see Official Rules at www.Volcom.com/ThisFirst.
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    Volcom Announces New Future

    The Ongoing Journey Of Turning Sustainability Commitments Into Actions Following the results of a recent report from Volcom’s parent company Kering on the group’s ambitious 2012-2016 sustainability targets, Volcom has released an update on their progress and a detailed plan outlining the path forward. Building on the success of these targeted efforts, Volcom is continuing to refine and focus its sustainability initiatives in a progressive program called New Future. Sustainability efforts began humbly at Volcom back in 2005 and three years ago, the brand aligned with Kering’s broader sustainability commitments and outlined a list of their own goals: undertaking a yearly Environmental Profit & Loss (E P&L) analysis, a reduction of emissions, waste, and water use, and making Volcom surfing events Deep Blue™ certified, among others. Since then, Volcom has followed through on four E P&L analyses, eliminated PVC from the product supply chain, increased the amount of sustainable materials in the product mix, and achieved Deep Blue Surfing Event™ certification from the non-profit Sustainable Surf for its major surf events. Utilizing E P&L analysis and working in partnership with the Kering sustainability team, Volcom has gained valuable practical insights to streamline the product supply chain while reducing impacts on the ecosystem. The lessons of this focused approach will guide the brand’s sustainability strategy going forward, in the comprehensive New Future program. The New Future program is a 360-degree sustainability plan driven by Volcom’s vision of Strong Oceans + Stable Climate + Smart Society. By combining key factors that include Responsible Manufacturing, Impact Evaluation (E P&L), and Giving Back, New Future provides the roadmap for Volcom’s future. With renewed and evolving goals, Volcom has set its sights on better fiber sourcing—using more recycled content and organics, integrated brand messaging, New Future training to all employees, and consideration for end-of-life of all products. Additionally, the brand has recruited former VP of Sustainability Derek Sabori’s new agency, The Underswell, for continued advice and strategic support to fully implement this plan. "As our efforts continue to deepen, we’d like to focus in on a meaningful pathway that will highlight our commitment to responsible manufacturing, drive favorable results in our E P&L, and resonate positively with our customers. We believe our New Future roadmap does just that," said Todd Hymel, CEO of Volcom. Volcom became a Fair Labor Association member in 2014, and shares this and all their other sustainability updates Volcom's Sustainability page.
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    Volcom Sustainability 2013 - 2016 Progress Report Update

    In 2012 our parent company, Kering launched an ambitious set of environmental and social compliance 5-year targets for all its Luxury and Sport/Lifestyle brands, and with our own sustainability program still relatively young, we were excited to be part of a larger initiative that help would take our program to the next level. With a course set by Kering for robust and engrained sustainability, we then came to you, our extended Volcom family, with an outline of Volcom’s own commitments that took the targets Kering had set and added a few of our own. Looking back now, these were really a set of challenges to ourselves; challenges we knew, if achieved, would help further strengthen the budding program we were building. Nonetheless, we felt it was important to put these expectations out there to the press, the public, and you, thus holding ourselves accountable to what we were striving to achieve. These commitments had a 2016 target date... we're proud of what we've achieved, but acknowledge there's a long way to go. Have a look at how we did and where we're going below. Our Sustainability Vision, as presented in April 2013: Adopt and Utilize the E P&L (Environmental Profit & Loss) Environmental Impact Management Tool Reduce Volcom's Carbon Emissions, Waste and Water Usage by 25% Eliminate PVC from Volcom Products Source Paper and Packaging Material from Recycled Sources and/or Certified Responsibly Managed Forests Increase the Amount of Sustainable Material & Processes in Volcom’s Product Mix Certify Volcom’s Major Surf Events as Deep Blue Surfing Events™ Continue Give Back Series that benefit community-based programs A Look Back at the Vision and the Targets: How We Did   Goal: Adopt and use the innovative E P&L (Environmental Profit & Loss) management tool Status: Accomplished This has been one of the marquee initiatives of our sustainability commitments, and in 2013 we embarked on our first report measuring the impact of Volcom products across our entire supply chain using the manufacturing data we collected in 2012. In fact, we’ve just recently wrapped up our 2015 E P&L, the 4th iteration of the annual report measuring previous year’s data. Learn more about the E P&L here. The benefit of adopting the E P&L is that it allows us to make better New Future decisions since it gives us a clear understanding of where our biggest impacts are occurring. Additionally, it translates these impacts into the language of business: dollars. To see the full details on what an E P&L is, and how and why it was developed, please Kering's E P&L website. Goal: Reduce Volcom's Carbon Emissions, Waste & Water Usage by 25% Status: Work in Progress You would think this would be the low hanging fruit, right? We'll, there's a catch with this target. It's one thing to control the water use at your facilities (we don't use much), and to reduce, reuse and recycle at your offices and stores. It's another thing to address the emissions that are a result of all the products we produce, and to reduce the amount of waste that's created and water that's used from the point of raw material extraction to the product shipping out of our distribution center. And that's just what this target has come to mean... When we put this target out there, we were not yet involved in E P&L accounting. We were thinking of typical environmental reporting guidelines for the sites that we own and operate, imagining that if we changed out all our lights, switched to low-flow fixtures and low-water landscaping (which we did in 2011-2012) and put a better recycling program in place (which we did), that we would be able to tackle and achieve this goal. Not so, once we adopted the E P&L management tool, the target moved considerably. In 2016, we're looking at the results in our E P&L to measure our impacts and now understanding that upwards of 77% of our environmental impacts are occurring at the furthest back points of our supply chain. In other words, it's how we design and source materials that will matter and really move the needle on this target. To address this, we'll continue to work with Kering and our strategy team to revise this goal to one that is more realistic and aligned with how we're now quantifying our impacts. Goal: Eliminate PVC from Volcom Products Status: Accomplished PVC is also known as polyvinyl chloride and is often used in products that require flexibility; things like belts and bags made out material meant to simulate real leather. Why avoid PVC? PVC contains high levels of phthalates, which are charged with being carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting. These phthalates, which are not bound to the PVC in any way, are at high risk of leaching out into the environment over time. There were a few product styles in our line that contained PVC at one time, but we are glad to say as of 2016 and moving forward, PVC has been eliminated from all Volcom products. Additionally, Volcom continues to work with Kering on a robust chemicals management program that includes ensuring that all hazardous chemicals have been phased out and eliminated from our production by 2020. Stay up to date with our testing on our Compliance page. Goal: Source Paper and Packaging Material from Recycled Sources and/or Certified Responsibly Managed Forests Status: Accomplished We can't imagine you’d be stoked to know that the paper that we printed on in the office, or the hangtags that were temporarily swinging from that new Volcom shirt you bought, were made from trees sourced from endangered or ancient forests. So ensuring that we move to a higher mix of certified, responsibly sourced paper with a high recycled content rate is important to us. So how are we doing? When we look at our biggest uses: 98% of the paper that our product catalogs are printed on is FSC certified, as was 100% of the paper that made up our first in-home mailer catalog. Additionally our biggest hangtag programs are either made with recycled content, and/or are FSC certified material and reports from our trim suppliers come back calculating 70% and more recycled content. As for office paper, here in North America we're at a +90% mix of certified/recycled content, and the cardboard we purchase for warehousing and shipping is at a 89% mix of certified/recycled. We are glad to report that each season, we're seeing more and more paper products get the attention they deserve, from office paper and boxes, to hangtags and catalogs. Goal: Increase the Amount of Sustainable Material & Processes in Volcom’s Product Mix Status: Accomplished Offering more sustainable choices in our collections is one of the surest ways to express our commitment and then share it with you. At one point, we branded styles that had a sustainability feature in them with a different logo – it was called V.Co-logical. We’ve since discontinued the use of V.Co-logical branding as signifier of a garment featuring sustainable material, with the expectation that sustainability is something that is meant for the entire Volcom line of products. With that said, you won’t always see sustainability pointed out on a product you get from us, but if you take the time to read the label or the description on the website, you’ll find the use of organic cotton (3.7% of all the cotton Volcom used in 2015 was organic) and recycled polyester (just over 7% of Volcom’s total polyester used in 2015 was from recycled content) occurring more and more. In fact, looking forward, we are challenging ourselves with the goal of our sustainable fiber mix being at a 20% ratio by the end of 2020 as outlined in our 2020 Sustainability Targets. Get more details on how Volcom is incorporating sustainable materials into products. Goal: Certify Volcom’s Major Surf Events as Deep Blue Surfing Events™ Status: Accomplished When Sustainable Surf came on the scene with a set of guidelines for running a more sustainable surf event, it was right in line with what we were thinking and we jumped on board immediately. Since 2012, each of our major surf events, the Fiji Pro (2012 – 2013) and the Volcom Pipe Pro on the North Shore of Hawaii, have been certified Deep Blue Surf Events. Then in 2015, we added the TCT Champs event at Lower Trestles at San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County, California as another Deep Blue Surf Event in our portfolio. Since working with Sustainable Surf, we’ve offset over 2,500 Mt of CO2 through verified, mostly Wildlife Works REDD+, programs allowing us to be a part of protecting threatened forests while providing sustainable development opportunities to local forest communities mainly in the Kasigau corridor in Kenya. To put it in perspective, this is the equivalent of eliminating 526 passenger cars being driven in North America for a year! Goal: Continue Give Backs to Community-Based Programs Status: Accomplished Our Give Back Series launched in 2009 when we offered a t-shirt in which a portion of the proceeds of each sale were donated to TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) to raise awareness around autism. Since then, we've partnered with many organizations to do the same. From breast cancer education and prevention (Boarding For Breast Cancer) and music in schools (Fender Music Foundation) to youth mentoring (STOKED and Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii). Happy to report, the program is alive and well. 2015 saw our continued our support of the Mauli Ola Foundation with the launch of our second Give Back with them, as well as a new partner in the Dan Eldon/Creative Visions Foundation. 2015 also marked Volcom's 5th year in working with Boarding For Breast Cancer (B4BC) to create a range of Snow products that includes a Give Back to B4BC. Since its inception, the Give Back Series has generated over a half million dollars for our non-profit partners and other community initiatives.   While there's always room for improvement, we're proud of what we've accomplished since that commitment back in 2013. However, a long journey is still ahead of us... Please join us in the New Future as we look ahead to the road to 2020 and stay up-to-date on all things sustainability at Volcom.
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    Updating the Volcom Sustainability Targets Looking Ahead to 2020

    The Ongoing Journey of Turning Sustainability Commitments into Actions Having reflected back on the first leg of Volcom's sustainability journey, recalling all the great stories we were able to create in the years past, we turn our attention now to the future. We spent much of 2015 focused on building a New Future roadmap that will guide us in a meaningful way, enabling us to reach our sustainability targets. We’ve learned where our impacts occur, how they relate to the business of producing Volcom product and what it will take to aggressively address them. During the process of crafting our New Future roadmap we realized that we needed to distill what the driving forces are behind sustainability at Volcom. What is it that drives us, as a brand, towards sustainability? By asking ourselves this question we were able to clearly define the foundation of our environmental sustainability commitments. They are: Strong Oceans When our oceans are weak, we do not thrive as a species, period. Plus, we like surfing. Stable Climate As the climate becomes more erratic and unpredictable, the planning of our business and enjoyment of outdoor sports becomes that much more difficult. Smart Society It takes us all contributing to this New Future. Through education and innovation, commitments must be turned into action. It's up to all of us to play a part. Supporting these drivers are three pillars, which have already become the core tenants of our New Future program: Responsible Manufacturing - It starts with our P.A.S.S (Product And Social Safety) program that ensures our products are built responsibly and in compliance with the highest global social and chemical regulatory practices and is complimented, since 2014, by our Fair Labor Association membership. Learn more on our Compliance page. Giving Back - The Volcom Give Back series continues to support and bring awareness to organizations meaningful to our stakeholders (that's you, that's us). Impact Evaluation - The Environmental Profit & Loss allows us to measure and monitor the costs of environmental changes associated with our business, and then zero in on the areas that need the most attention.     2020 New Future Sustainability Targets   Armed with the knowledge we have gained since implementing our New Future sustainability program in 2013 and a clear vision of the program’s drivers and the pillars created to support them, we are ready to set the following 2020 sustainability targets to further advance our New Future. In no particular order, they are: Fiber Sourcing - Increase both the amount of recycled material in our polyester and nylon as well as the usage of organic, recycled and/or better* cotton in Volcom products, so that by 2020, we are at a 20% New Future mix. Messaging - Integrate New Future sustainability across all facets of Volcom’s consumer facing marketing. Education & Training - Create an internal Volcom employee and leadership New Future sustainability certification program with at least 90% of employees completing certification. Closing the Loop - Develop a program that resembles our Give Jeans a Chance program so that used Volcom products can be collected, processed and either donated or kept for closed loop manufacturing in the future (the technology is coming...). *For Volcom, better cotton might consist of organic, recycled, CMiA, BCI, or other cotton sources with an improved environmental and social impact.   Fully committed to our marquee New Future initiatives, meeting these 2020 targets will help to lower our E P&L results due to the intense focus on raw material sourcing and processing; the decisions lying deep within our supply chain, which we know represents upwards of 75% of Volcom’s environmental impacts and lies deep within our supply chain. These refined targets also help to engrain sustainable New Future thinking into the fabric of the brand and our employee's mindsets, which will be instrumental in our efforts to modify processes to meet new levels of sustainability.
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    Refugee Kids Benefiz Day

    Last week, the "Refugee Kids – Benefiz Day“ – initiated by Volcom and the Future 4 Kids association – was taking place in the halls of the freestyle academy in Stuttgart. 70 refugee kids and their families were invited to join the event and got free transportation from their refugee hostel to the spot. Through different workshops and activities the kids got introduced to the world of boardsports, giving them a first sample of what the freestyle academy has to offer (skateboarding, snowboarding, foampit, …) Obviously they had a lot of fun trying out the bag jumps, the skate bowl, or even the boulder wall. Everyone was highly motivated so it was merely a matter of time before the first tricks were done on the skateboards. A screenprint workshop was organized at the Volcom tent, where the kids could print a customized tote bag for themselves. So everyone was happy to go home with a new bag filled with other goodies. The other highlight was the „Mal mich Kasten“ where kids could get a portait painted of themselves. Besides all the trainings and workshops, everyone enjoyed a meal and a cold softdrink, provided by the freestyle academy and the dinkelacker brewery. All in all the day was a great one for the kids as well as for the parties involved rewarded by smiles and good vibes. Many thanks again to all the sponsors and helpers: Future 4 Kids https://www.future4kids.de Volcom http://www.volcom.com Freestyle Academy Stuttgart http://www.freestyleacademy.com/stuttgart/ Dinkelacker Brauerei https://www.familienbrauerei-dinkelacker.de/ Mal mich Kasten http://www.malmichkasten.de/  

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The Underswell To Serve as Volcom's Sustainability Advisor
Volcom is proud to announce that the newly formed firm, The Underswell, will serve as the brand's Sustainability Advisor helping to accelerate our journey to sustainability. Founded by former Volcom Vice President of Sustainability, Derek Sabori, The Underswell will coordinate Volcom's global sustainability efforts with a strong focus on the recently announced "2020 Sustainability Targets" and the roadmap developed to help meet them. Having spent more than 19 years working at Volcom, with the last 6 of those serving as the Vice President and/or Sr. Director of Sustainability, Derek is branching out to pursue a new challenge that takes his passion for sustainability beyond Volcom, to help more groups, organizations and personalities on their own journeys to sustainability. "It's up to us now, as a company to truly adopt and embrace sustainability as a tenant of our business, as a core value, and as a brand differentiating opportunity. I'm looking forward to the further strengthening of what we will continue to call our New Future program, and welcome Derek in his new role and wish him the best as he starts a new chapter." – Todd Hymel CEO For more on Volcom's sustainability efforts, please visit our Sustainability page.
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Volcom Hawaii Pipe Houses Fueled by Solar Electricity!
Did you know that the Volcom Hawaii Pipe Houses (North Shore, Oahu) have solar panels installed on the roofs of both houses? Earlier this year, we finished installing tons of new panels on the houses in prime locations to maximize our solar electricity potential. Good for the environment, good for the local community. A huge thanks goes out to Rising Sun Solar for their tremendous product, and to deem the Volcom houses the very first surf brand houses on Oahu's North Shore to be #SponsoredByTheSun! Over the recent years, solar panels have gained attention due to the vast amounts of business and residential owners installing them on their property in order to offset their electrical bill. Contrary, some of their initial setup costs have been a bit pricey, but the cost in the long-run, which we should all think in terms of, will have less money feeding your electric bill and more money in your pocket. Volcom's journey to sustainability first starts in a New Future state-of-mind, a mindset that's destined to turn our strong sustainability commitments into heartfelt actions. Since integrating our sustainability core values into our official mission statement, we have made great strides in implementing environmental-friendly operations and products into the market to ensure Volcom does its part to help preserve the oceans, beaches, mountains, and cities in which we live and work. Volcom Hawaii Pipe House (Grom house) Volcom Hawaii Pipe House (Jerry house) Volcom Hawaii Pipe House (Jerry house) Video courtesy of Drew Toonz   In a continual effort towards a New Future and our commitment to strengthen Volcom sustainability in 2016, this is just the beginning. Check out our sustainability blog at www.volcom.com/sustainability to keep up on our efforts towards environmental protection!
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Turning Recycled Bottles into Volcom Boardshorts!
Volcom Mod-Tech Boardshorts, a staple in the Volcom line and refined over the years through rugged team-rider testing and critique, is proudly developed in a partnership with Repreve, a recycled fiber that is made from recycled materials including used plastic bottles. An estimated 5 plastic bottles are used when producing a pair of Volcom Mod-Tech boardshorts. Recycled polyester uses nearly half the energy that virgin polyester does and helps reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions during manufacturing by about 45%. This offsets the need to use new resources such as petroleum, while emitting fewer greenhouse gases. Repreve recycled fiber In the past year, much of our focus has been on building our New Future roadmap, a guide that addresses our impacts, the forces behind those impacts, and the means to aggressively address what we believe is the foundation of Volcom's environmental sustainability commitment. Mod-Tech boardshorts are made for the believers of tomorrow. The eager optimists pushing for a change. And that change is included in these boardshorts showcased with the Repreve recycled fiber. Balaram Stack and Nate Tyler wearing our Repreve recycled Macaw Mod boardshorts Carlos Munoz, Nate Tyler, Mitch Coleborn, Balaram Stack   Shop Repreve Mod-Tech boardshorts HERE Read more about Volcom's New Future efforts HERE
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Volcom raises funds for local charities at its Munich and Stuttgart stores
It was a pleasure for us to celebrate christmas with the "Charity Weihnachtsumtrunk", a special Xmas lottery where all money raised goes to some local charities. So the whole Volcom family, customers and friends were invited to the Munich and Stuttgart Volcom stores on the 19 of December to gather, get a hot drink and some snacks and enter the lottery. With glogg and cookies everybody was waiting to know what has been brought by the « Volcom Santa » as lottery prizes. Of course there were tons of Volcom prizes but as well skateboards, a watch and even a snowboard. But the main reason for the tombola was a labor of love - all the proceeds were donated to Future4kids and high5, both charities for children in the needs. 1100 euros were raised in total, learn more about those organizations here: http://www.wearehighfive.com http://www.future4kids.de/ Thanks to everyone who made this evening absolutely unforgetable and again thanks to the other brands that gave some prizes Nitro Snowboards, Favorite Skateboards, Nixon Watches, LRG, Stance, Backstage-Club Munich, Neverpro, the Arsonists, Sanük, Skateboarding München e.V. , Swabian Madness, MXI, Lush and last but not least Tatoo Med! Volcom Stuttgart Store manager Hannah handing over the revenues to Future4kids Crowd awaiting the tombola drawing at the Volcom store Stuttgart Relaxed folks after the prizes giving at the Volcom store Stuttgart getting excited waiting for the tombola in Munich drawing the first winners at the Volcom store Munich lucky winner in Munich Volcom Santa was generous Lucky winner of the Nitro "Goodtimes" snowboard at the Volcom store Munich Volcom Santa had also some good support from Nixon at the Volcom store Stuttgart Happy fella holding the skateboard he won at the Volcom store Munich
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New Future: Social Responsibility & Philanthropy
When we talk about sustainability and the New Future, it can’t be discussed without recognition of the people that make our products and the communities where we do business. When it comes to manufacturing our products, we can all agree the products we buy, should not come at the cost of workers’ rights, health and or safety. Additionally, the places we do business are made up of communities all over the world, and we truly enjoy the opportunity to engage with them, and support the great initiatives within them, in many different ways. Here are a few of those stories from 2015: Fair Labor Association Member The Fair Labor Association believes that all goods should be produced fairly and ethically, and brings together three key constituencies – universities, civil society organizations (CSOs) and companies – to find sustainable solutions to systemic labor issues. We were first granted membership in 2014, and our commitment continues. Learn more at http://www.fairlabor.org. Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii has been a partner for our Give Back Series in Hawaii since 2010 and each year at the Volcom Pipe Pro, we reward them the donation check made up of the funds we have raised through the year. We also support their Ocean Awareness day in the summer and get athletes and staff involved in volunteer efforts. We love their mission:  Inspiring young people to become responsible citizens by providing a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, hope and opportunity. The Sheckler Foundation In 2015, we once again offered exclusive collab product at Tilly’s, specifically to raise money and support for Ryan Sheckler's foundation that supports great causes that directly benefit and enrich the lives of children and injured action sports athletes, inspiring them to “Be the Change.” Sion Milosky Memorial Fund Honoring the legacy of legendary Big Wave surfer, Sion Milosky who passed away doing what he loved, our Live Like Sion products, and Volcom Pipe Pro merchandise raise funds to support his family and legacy since his passing. Mauli Ola Foundation Once again, we partnered with Mauli Ola Foundation to raise awareness and funds for this great group who is dedicated to providing hope and confidence to individuals living with genetic diseases. Harnessing the healing powers of the ocean, they introduce surfing and ocean-based activities as natural therapies. Hope you got a pair of the Mo Benefit Boardshorts while they were available. San Onofre Parks Foundation The San Onofre Parks Foundation is a non-profit, whose mission is to provide education and interpretive services regarding all aspects of the natural, cultural, historical and biological diversity of California State Parks at San Onofre and San Clemente State Beaches; promoting environmental awareness and ethics; and enhancing the quality of recreation experience at these unique coastal parks. At our TCT Championships held at Trestles, we worked closely with the foundation to promote their work, operate within their guidelines, and raise funds for their cause through donation of 100% of the profits of our ‘True To Trestles’ merchandise. Boarding for Breast Cancer B4BC advocates early detection and a healthy, active lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention. Founded in 1996, B4BC empowers young people to make positive choices that promote lifelong wellness through outreach, prevention and support programs. Since 2010, products in our snow line have raised awareness and funds for B4BC. This year was no different with a high profile collection done in collaboration with an exclusive print done by Featured Artist Vanessa Stark. Give Clean Water Give Clean Water partners with local community organizations throughout Fiji to identify families in need of clean water filters. They then gather biographical and demographic information from each recipient family, take photos and mark each house with a GPS address. During the days of our Volcom Fiji Pro, we worked with Give Clean Water to ensure local villages and schools had access to good, clean water. We’re happy to help sustain the programs we put in place as far back as 2012. Additionally, thanks to Mizu, a portion of the sales from Volcom branded Mizu water bottles go back to supporting their program as well. TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) An amazing organization providing support, community and services for families with autism, TACA has been a partner of ours for years. From one of our earliest Give Back Series Tees back in 2008, to the Family Skate Days at our Volcom HQ Skate Park, to our first ever Volcom.com #GivingTuesday campaign to raise awareness for them as well as funds, working with TACA is always a joy. Visit www.taca.com to learn more about autism and how it affects (very likely) someone you know. Costa Mesa Foundation The Costa Mesa Foundation provides the financial and human capital to initiate and support programs that enhance our local community at the grassroots level. They also hold a free, Concerts in the Park summertime concert series that we’re happy to be a continuing sponsor of. SOY (Save Our Youth) Costa Mesa For the 3rd year running, Volcom has sponsored SOY’s SURF DAYS event. Training kids in the surf, exposing them to the beach culture, and offering career mentor chats from surf legends Alex Gray and Chris Bertish (thanks guys!). As you can imagine, this is one of our most fun and most rewarding events of the summer. Save Our Youth (SOY) is a local youth mentoring & college prep organization for underrepresented youth in the area surrounding Volcom HQ. Krochet Kids intl. Back in 2011, we launched our first of many collaborative projects in support of theses visionaries. Through a unique model Krochet Kids intl. (KKi) are empowering the women of Northern Uganda and Peru with the assets, skills, and knowledge to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. The result is long lasting and sustainable change. One of their hashtags: #knowwhomadeit. We didn't collaborate on product this year, but we were happy to send in some financial support to help sustain their programs. Remember this video? SOS Outreach SOS Outreach is a youth development nonprofit that fosters self-confidence, leadership skills, and positive decision-making in underserved youth. SOS programs are unique in their use of adventure sports to engage participants for future success. For the past few years, we’ve been able to donate 20-30 outerwear kits (jackets & pants) to help keep the kids (and instructors) stay warm on the mountain. Give Jeans A Chance Our Give Jeans a Chance program started back in 2009 with the vision of collecting clean, quality, unwanted or unused jeans from our customers and then distributing them to local homeless shelters in our community. The campaign still lives on, specifically in Japan and France where it continues to be a meaningful grassroots campaign. Might be time to bring it back to North America ;) Full Circle Japan Volcom Japan has established a strong relationship with the non-profit organization Full Circle, an organization committed to getting people with disabilities back into sport. For us, surfing, snow riding, and rolling in skateparks hit home, and we’re proud of the volunteer hours, and the commitment the team in Japan has made to this great cause. Women’s Shelter Support (Manly, Australia) In line with the focus of the Kering Foundation, the team in Australia has made a commitment to supporting the local women’s refuge centers in their area through in-kind donations for different events.
New Future
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). Environmental 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: Continued 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! 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.