Baltika Group acknowledges the importance of wider social responsibility in its daily operations. Through different projects Baltika Group helps to improve various socially and environmentally important areas.
The environmental dimension has been integrated into the Group’s management structure and the Group strives to ensure that all its units operate in a way that is as much as possible environmentally sustainable. For example, Baltika is re-using the boxes that is sent to Baltika when sourching fabrics or clothes – Baltika is using the same boxes to delvier goods to shops across Europe. Fabrics residue is often sold or given to charity. In addition, Baltika’s Lithuanian daughter company has been participating in the “Green Office” project since 2012. The reason for this lies in the simple principle – if you wish to change the world, you need to start with yourself. The initiative that was launched in the office building where Baltika’s Lithuanian office is located, united companies and their employees in making daily environmentally-friendly decisions and reduce excessive use of resources. Among the major goals in the project are conscious reduction in energy consumption, waste sorting and re-use of different materials.
Baltika Group collaborates with manufacturing companies from all over the world, but the selection of sourcing partners is carefully choosen. This means that any production company that works with Baltika, is determined by the quality standards of Baltika, which has been developed in collaboration with researchers at Tallinn Techical University and meets the international standards.
How does Baltika evaluates manufacturing companies? Experienced team, who is responsible of buying and supply chain management, visits the production companies in evenry six months in order to personally verify whether the production companies meet the quality requirements of Baltika. These requirements include the the quality of products as well as the working environment, incl how long are the working days and breaks for the employees and what are their working conditions, wages and working age limit. With suppliers who do not comply with the conditions of Baltika, or won’t exclude the minor shortcomings within the agreed periood, Baltika will exlude from the suppliers list.
Support for fashion industry, sustainability and development of design field
- Baltika contributes to the clothing industry and fashion education with an aim to support Estonian fashion industry and the field’s sustainability and development by contributing to development of fashion industry professionals’ curriculum and participating in the activities of educational institutions. The company has strong partnerships with the Estonian Academy of Arts, TTK University of Applied Sciences and Tallinn Industrial Education Centre.
- Baltika allows students to attend its in-house training courses. Baltika´s professionals also share their knowledge and experience in various educational institutions. Baltika also participates every year in assessing fashion industry related bachelor thesis, Baltika employees have participated in the evaluation committees. Baltika as the largest company in fashion industry in the region is the place for traineeship for many students from various areas of fashion, with the possibility of apprenticeship during and after their studies. Many of the former trainees have become valued employees of Baltika.
- During the year 2015 Baltika had approximately 40 students on traineeships from various educational institutions. Traineeship is offered also to Group´s employees who study.
- In 2015, Baltika participated in the nationwide Job Shadow Day, offering students from different Estonian schools the opportunity to follow specialists working at Baltika in their everyday work and see the company as an employer from the inside.
- All Baltika employees have an opportunity to apply for a scholarship from the company, when they are acquiring an academic or vocational degree. The purpose of the scholarship is to enable full-time employees to acquire skills and knowledge in order to build their career in the company by means of education.
- Baltika wants to ensure possibilities for development of new designers and is represented every year in the jury of one of the largest stages for young designers – ERKI fashion show. We also participate in the project Moelennuk. In May 2016 Baltika supported the fashion show Mood-Performance-Tanst. From September 2016, Baltika is going to support Estonian Design Awards 2016.
Baltika brands CSR projects
Baltika brands in Latvia
- Baltman keeps in focus most popular national sports in Latvia – bobsleigh, ice hockey, basketball and football. From the beginning of year 2015 Baltman clothes Latvian bobsleigh head coach Sandis Prūsis. The team surprised Latvian fans with great success at the World Championship in Winterberg, Germany. Mr. Prūsis has been the face of Baltman wearing Baltman Unique suits on special occasions.
- Baltman supports Latvian National symphony orchestra by clothing 100 musicians in tuxedos. The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra founded in year 1926 consists of more than 100 musicians, who are highly acclaimed on national and international level and represent Latvia successfully in various international competitions, performing on average 250 times a year.
- Ivo Nikkolo introduces local artists with project “Meet Art”, under which artists creations are showed in Ivo Nikkolo stores. In 2015 stores expositioned porcelain of talented Latvian artist Andris Vēzis.
- Ivo Nikkolo participated 26-31 October on 23rd Riga Fashion Week (RFW), where 16-th season collections were presented
Baltika brands in Lithuania
- Lithuanian governmental institutions competition “Baltman Cup“Baltman Cup 2015” tournament winner – team of Lithuanian Ministry of the Interior affairs, silver medal went for Fire and Rescue Department team. According to the winners “Baltman Cup” tournament is good opportunity for people, who are working in office, to vent the energy and to express emotions playing basketball with colleagues from other departments. Championship is organized by Vilnius Basketball Association.Although Baltman doesn`t offer men sportswear, brand is visible in the sportsgrounds. For the ninth seasons in a row, basketball teams, representing different Lithuanian governmental institutions, fight for the honour to be the winner of “Baltman Cup”.
- Photo: Baltman Cup 2015 winners. Photographer: Laimonas Ciūnys
- Baltman dresses coaches of famous Lithuanian basketball team “Žalgiris“. In 2015 “Žalgiris” became the champion of Lithuanian National League again. “Žalgiris” coaches always wear Baltman Travel suites on sport arenas, which perfectly suit intensive work, as are liquid repellent and wrinkle free and very comfortable at the same time. 2015 “Baltika Lithuania” continues to sponsor famous Lithuanian basketball team Kaunas “Žalgiris”, which proved to be the strongest basketball team in Lithuania.
Photo: Zalgiris coaches. Photographer: Andrei Motorichev
- Monton supports beach volleyball
Monton continues cooperation with Lithuanian Beach Volleyball Federation making Monton brand name visible in Lithuanian beaches and on International volleyball tournaments. Best Lithuanian volleyball team will also be present in year 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.
Baltika brands in Estonia
OÜ Baltman supports sports, young and successful students as well as the cancer treatment foundation “The Gift of Life“ (Kingitud Elu).
- The joint collection of Bastion and Anne & Stiil collected money for the cancer treatment foundation. Bastion in cooperation with the magazine Anne & Stiil created a joint collection, the sales proceeds of which were donated to the cancer treatment foundation “The Gift of Life“.
- Baltman supports football. Baltman has been dressing footballers from the Estonia national football team in Baltman Unique suits for several years. The cooperation began already in 2006, and Baltman’s suits travel with them in various competitions all around Europe as an example of Estonian fashion design.
- Baltman now also contributes to basketball, In 2015, Baltman started supporting the Estonian Basketball Association. Baltman dressed all sportsmen playing in the association, as well as their coaches.
- Monton supports new initiatives
Monton has been supporting the Estonian student companies’ competition for several years. In 2015 they had a great opportunity to support the student company named WOOCH from Tartu, who competed with their wooden watches in the Pan-European student companies’ competition in Berlin with student companies from 38 countries. They were awarded a special prize and were also represented at the Estonian pavilion in 2015 EXPO. In 2016 Baltika supports the student company called Spoony.
Former sponorship projects
In 2011 Baltika and its brands continued their long-term charity and sponsoring programmes. In accordance with the sponsoring agreement between Baltika and the Estonian Football Association, since 2006 the menswear brand Baltman supplies formal clothing for the players of the national team – on formal occasions the football players, their coaches and football officials wear Baltman’s special order suits.
Based on a sponsoring agreement signed with the Estonian Olympic Committee in 2005, until the end of 2012 Baltika’s fashion brand Monton will supply formal and casual wear to all Olympic and young athletes that represent Estonia at international competitions. To date, Olympic and fan collections have been created for the Athens, Torino, Beijing and Vancouver Olympics. The parade and fan collections for the 2012 London Olympics will be unveiled in spring 2012. In addition to the Estonian Olympic athletes, in 2008 Monton dressed the Latvian delegation to the Beijing Olympics.
Since 2007 Monton has also been the official fashion partner of the Tallinn film festival PÖFF. The brand supplies the festival with a special fashion films programme and the official PÖFF shirts worn by both the festival team and the fans.
Since 2007, the Ivo Nikkolo brand has sponsored the charity project From Estonian Women to Ivo Nikkolo in which well-known Estonian women contribute to the creation of the Ivo Nikkolo collection and the revenue generated by the products designed by them is donated to a charity of their choice. Project participants have included the beloved TV star Anu Välba, the Estonian First Lady Evelin Ilves, the artist Epp-Maria Kokamägi and the former model Anni Arro.
In addition, every year Baltika dresses students that represent Estonia at the International Chemistry Olympiad and the staff of the best Estonian student company that represent Estonia at the Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Europe competition. At the competition held in Norway in 2011, which had participants from 34 countries, the Estonian student firm SOCKme finished among the best five. In 2012, Estonia is represented by student company Student Network.
Baltika upholds the policy of supporting its former long-term employees. Besides supporting their events, twice a year the company organises their reunions. In addition, the company supports female choir Baltika, which was founded in 1961 and consists of current and former employees, their friends and relatives and other interested persons.
Baltika contributes to the clothing industry and fashion education with a view to supporting the development of Estonian fashion and preparing qualified professionals who understand the fashion business. The company has strong partnerships with the Estonian Academy of Arts, TTK University of Applied Sciences and Tallinn Industrial Education Centre. Baltika allows students to attend its in-house training courses, arranges annual information days where it informs students about the processes and daily business of a fashion company and participates in the development of the fashion design curriculum of the Estonian Academy of Arts. The company’s employees deliver lectures to students and annually more than 60 students from the above educational establishments have their industry training at Baltika. Many of the former trainees have become valued employees.
Baltika´s co-operation with universities was recognised at Swedish Business Awards 2012 – Baltika was the nominent in the category of Corporate Social Responsibility.