»Sustainability is not a fixed goal, but the everlasting responsibility to look for better solutions and new, environmentally friendly ways. If something can be done better, we do it better.«
Climate-neutral headquarters (Scope 1 to 3)
In April 2022, HUNTER joined the climate initiative »CO2-neutral by 2030« as one of the first signatories. This is a regional initiative of the chambers of industry and commerce and the business community in East Westphalia-Lippe.
The ambitious goal is to achieve climate neutrality for the entire Bielefeld site by 2030, taking into account Scopes 1 to 3.
To achieve climate neutrality, the main focus will be on measures to increase energy and resource efficiency and on a climate-neutral energy supply.
Green electricity & e-mobility
In addition to the company's own photovoltaic system, which has been converting sunlight into electricity all year round since the company moved to Bielefeld in 2016, the entire company premises with its leather manufacturing facility, administration building and HUNTER Shop & Factory Outlet have been powered 100% by certified green electricity since January 2022. In addition, the vehicle fleet has been partially converted to e-mobility. The modern electric cars are regularly used by employees, especially for short trips in the vicinity, and can be recharged directly in front of the building.
100% CO2 compensation
Climate-neutral catalogue printing and shipping
Since 2014, our entire catalogue has been produced exclusively with paper from sustainably managed forests and controlled sources in Germany and is PEFC-certified. In addition, we fully offset the CO2 emissions generated during printing and worldwide shipping by supporting different projects.
2014 (Vol. VIII) | »Project Togo«
»Project Togo« is located in the south-west of the Republic of Togo. In the administrative district of Agou, a 1,000 ha nature conservation zone is being afforested on a wasteland. Another focus is the provision of co-benefits from which the local population benefits directly. For example, a new school is being built, wells are being dug, solar panels are being installed, a road is being renovated and a health centre is being built.
2016 (Vol. IX) | »Project Germany Portfolio«
To protect and preserve our forests, the so-called »Bergwaldprojekt« organises voluntary ecological work assignments at various locations between the North Sea island of Amrum and the Bavarian Alps between February and December. Typical work sites are protection forests and protected areas (national parks), but also near-natural forests and biotopes. The spectrum of work ranges from planting and maintenance measures to erosion control, construction of footpaths and biotope maintenance to moorland and stream restoration.
2018 (Vol. X) | »Reduction of flue gas emissions and water treatment, Kenya«
The project aims to reduce the generation of flue gas emissions using various approaches. This involves replacing open fires or cooking stoves or providing individual solutions for filtering drinking water. In addition to avoiding open fires, this primarily protects local tree populations
2021 (Vol. XI) | »Clean cooking stoves, Nyungwe, Rwanda«
The project introduces efficient cooking stoves made of local clay and sand, which can reduce fuel consumption by two thirds compared to the traditional method of open three-stone fires.
Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l
In the Kenyan Ronda/Barut slums, the non-profit organisation »Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l« (Download Flyer [1,7 MB])has built a school including a school kitchen and dining hall, a library and a medical clinic in order to provide the local children with the best possible education and health and thus a way out of poverty. HUNTER took over full sponsorships for Emmanuel and Precious as well as Dennis, Gloria and Tracey a few years ago. Regular kindergarten and school visits, warm meals and medical care are thus permanently guaranteed.
HUNTER finances the construction of a solar-powered well
Clean drinking water is considered a luxury good in many parts of Kenya - and this is also the case in the school centre of »Live & Learn in Kenia Int'l«.
Thanks to our generous donation, the long-awaited well construction could begin within a few days. Groundwater was found at a depth of about 85 metres - a real stroke of luck! The drinking water well has been supplying the entire school centre as well as the adjacent fields with water since the beginning of March 2022. The well's pump is powered by solar energy, which conserves resources and requires very little maintenance.
VITA e.V. Assistenzhunde
The charitable work of »VITA e.V. Assistenzhunde« is based on a holistic concept that provides people with physical disabilities with an assistance dog. A forward-looking approach that saves lives, gives new life and paves a positive path in life. For around a decade, HUNTER has supported the association's valuable contribution to our society in a variety of ways. Whether it's charity events, equipping VITA dogs and teams with high-quality dog accessories or campaigns in aid of VITA - we are always deeply touched and stand fully behind our commitment.
Valuable habitat for honey bees and other native insects
Since the location amidst natural vegetation is ideal, two bee colonies were successfully settled at the HUNTER company headquarters in May 2022. The busy creatures are professionally cared for by passionate beekeepers from the Imkerverein Eckardtsheim-Senne e. V. (Kreisimkerverein Bielefeld e.V.).
After only a few days at the new location, the bees had already settled in well, have since been swarming out in a large radius and are producing the first, precious HUNTER honey as an aside. In the best case scenario, the »liquid gold« can be harvested twice a year and presented to employees, business partners and friends of the company as a very special gift.
Thanks to a natural habitat of around 1,000 m² behind the company building and an insect-friendly flowering strip on one of the neighbouring properties, it is ensured that the bee colonies always find enough food. Of course, the wild flowering plant diversity also offers other native insects such as bumblebees and butterflies a valuable, protected space with rich pollen and nectar sources.
On our handling of returns
Our declared aim is to noticeably enrich the life of two- and four-legged friends. We develop and manufacture every single item with love and passion.
We are proud of the extremely low return rate of our products, which gives us the good feeling that we are on the right track. But let's not cheat ourselves - returns cannot be completely avoided. We hardly have any influence on the return itself - but we do have a lot of control over how it is handled!
A professionally trained team checks every single return by hand and decides which options come into question to keep the product in circulation. Whether it's a repair in our leather manufactory, a special cleaning or the reattachment of a hangtag - we always find the best solution.
Thanks to this approach, 95% of returned products are back in their original condition and ready for sale in no time at all. Anything that has »rough edges« and therefore does not 100% meet our strict quality standards finds its way into the outlet section of the HUNTER shop at our company headquarters or is donated to local animal welfare organisations.
At HUNTER we also give imperfect products a second or third chance and hope that we can inspire other companies to rethink their approach to returns.
All leather accessories from our manufactory in Bielefeld are exclusively provided with a small hanger with Euro perforation and, if necessary, a printed hangtag with important product information. The advantage is obvious: the unsurpassed quality of the materials used by HUNTER can hardly be judged better than through the haptic experience. Moreover, thanks to the lack of packaging, collars and harnesses can be tried on directly and adjusted to the individual measurements of the quadruped.