We’re passionate about developing smart, innovative products that make it easier for you to enjoy an active life. Our product development builds on four cornerstones: a good understanding of how people use our products, a sustainable design philosophy, advanced development and manufacturing skills, and, last but not least, high-quality, extreme testing.
Sustainable by design
It’s pretty simple: Products that last longer are better for the environment that’s why smart, high-quality technical solutions with a sophisticated product design are the foundation for our sustainability efforts. We also continually make improvements to lower our products’ impact on the environment. While at the same time, we make sure they meet our high demands for user-friendliness, quality, consumer health and safety.
Only the toughest survive
To make sure our products meet our high function and quality demands, we test them at the Thule Test Center in Sweden using our Thule Test Program, which includes vibration, crash, fatigue, and environmental tests to name a few. In addition, there are always plenty of volunteers among our employees and partners who want to test the latest child bike seat or hiking backpack in real life.
Product development with a climate and environmental focus:
Reduced impact in manufacturing– conscious choice of materials, energy-efficient manufacturing, optimized packaging, and high usage of recycled materials.
Longer lifetime – improved corrosion resistance, easier product repair thanks to replacing or repairing key components.
Lower impact from product use – e.g. lower air drag on car-mounted carriers to save fuel and cut noise. Or easy attachment and removal of vehicle-related products.
Smart and efficient manufacturing
Thule has a number of factories across Europe, Brazil, and the US. But no matter where they are, we’ll make sure of climate-smart and efficient manufacturing, in a workplace where our employees feel positive and safe.
Reducing climate impact
In our factories, climate impact comes mostly from energy for heating, ventilation, cooling and production itself. Our goal is to reduce this energy consumption as well as using more renewable energy. So we’ve adopted an ambitious goal for 2020: 100% of our electricity is to come from certified renewable sources. We’re also looking to reduce CO2 emissions from our facilities by 65% compared with 2014. To make this happen, we’ve been investing over the past few years in ways to become less dependent on fossil fuels.
Climate-smart by example
Solar panels on our buildings in Connecticut, USA cover around 25% of the electricity needs. And, at our assembly and development unit in Hillerstorp, Sweden, we’re using renewable energy for both heating and electricity.
Responsible sourcing and logistics
A sustainable supply chain and cost-efficient, climate-smart distribution are high on our agenda.
Taking responsibility at source
At Thule, Our Code of Conduct spells out what we demand from our suppliers concerning human rights, labour law, health and safety, and the environment. We obey the principles of the UN Global Compact, as well as ILO and OECD guidelines. While our own and independent audits monitor compliance with our requirements and show where improvements can be made.
We’re also members of bluesign® system, an international standard for sustainable textile production.
Smart logistics. Close to you.
We source from 32 countries, manufacture in seven countries, and sell to 140 countries. So it’s no surprise that the flow of materials and products is responsible for most of our climate impact and more than half our total CO2 emissions. To make our logistics more efficient, we’re continuously working to reduce transportation distances, optimize packaging, and make the best use of capacity. We also do what we can to replace road freight with rail shipments and cut down on air transport.
Our values define who we are and what we stand for. And they also serve as a compass to guide us in what we do and how we behave responsibly towards each other.
Getting involved and benefiting the community
Our desire to be involved in society can be seen throughout our business: It’s an important part of our culture. For instance, we support organizations that help children and adults with disabilities and other difficulties. Giving support in various ways to make it easier for them to live active, healthy, and independent lives.
Local and global activities
We cooperate internationally with committed athletes in our Thule Crew in various projects around the world under the umbrella name Thule Pathos. Our initiatives include helping disabled young people in Sweden to try out new sports, building a bicycle park at an orphanage in El Salvador and supporting school food programs in Nepal, as well as many other local initiatives.