Timberland: Going beyond the border of Sustainability & Responsibility

Timberland is an outdoor brand, one of the most well-known worldwide to say the least. One of the reason, apart from quality products, is their serious commitment for environmental and social causes. Right now, Timberland is looking for a Sustainability and Responsibility Manager, a moment for us to take a look into their S&R agenda. So how exactly does Timberland improve their three main pillars outdoors, product and community? How do they go beyond the borders of regular engagement?

The long-term plan: Timberland’s 2020 agenda

Already years ao, the company changed their production to be more sustainable, making a statement towards treating the environment with respect. In 2016, when launching their responsibility website, Timberland also announced further steps in improving their strategy. The sports brand set ambitious goals until 2020 regarding their products and the environment:
  • All of the used cotton for their apparal collections are supposed to come from US-american eco-friendly cultivation,
  • Every procued shoe shall contain recycled, organic or renewable (ROR) materials
  • All products shal be PVC and PFC free
  • Timberland wants to reduce their energy consumption by 10% in total and obtain 50% by regenerative energy sources
  • Plant 10 million trees

Social engagement: A focus on community work

Of course, social responsibility has kind of become courteous in worldwide industries, after scandals of brands capitalizing workers in third world countries. It’s obvious that claiming to aim for responsibility, Timberland of course helps raising awareness and supports save working environments by collaborating mostly with fair suppliers. What makes the difference though, is Timberland’s special focus on local communities – an individual approach on the social subject.
  • My PlayGreen© is a support program which establishes outdoor spaces in urban areas, building community gardens and parks. In 5 big cities around Europe, they want to offer the residents a possibility to access nature and fresh air. Something that is rare in areas with populousness. After London in the last year, on the 19th of July 2017 the program started building in Mailand. Following after will be Berlin, Paris and Barcelona.
  • Path of Service©: To support different community projects, Timberland’s employees engage in community services all over the world. Until now, they already participated 1.000.0000 hours in their communities – supported by their employer and the team of global stewards. By the way, the Path of Service celebrates its 25th birthday this year – in a special way: On 25 days, employees can take time off of work and take their time to volunteer to support their communities. They even connected them with possibile projects by setting up a Volunteer Fair.

Joining the team: Timberland is hiring a Sustainability & Responsibility Manager

In this position, the manager is responsible for integrating the S&R strategy throughout the company, delivering information to employees and customers. As a spokes person for Timberland’s values, you represent the sports brand on conferences and workshops over Europe. 
Work closely with the different departments, from HR, over Marketing, Production and Supply Management to achieve te 2020 goals. Manage the community and environmental projects, engage and inspire the employees in participating in Timberland’s Path of Service, different commuter programs, etc. If you feel inspired to help Timberland achieve their 2020 agenda, apply for the job here. Further sport jobs by Timberland can be found on their company page here. A perfect supply chain or production in regards of nature is almost impossible to achieve, but Timberland’s vision aims on a very close solution. Their achievement sets high goals for the whole industry, a development we could already witness at adidas (Producs from Recycled Materials, their „Run for the Oceans“  and more), Patagonia and The North Face, too. With more brands following, this hopefully defines new standards for production and engagement worldwide.   If you want to find out more about Responsibility and Sustainability at Timberland, check their goals and progress at their website "Responbility at Timberland".

4 crowdfunding projects which will revolutionize the sport industry of 2017

crowdfunding projects of 2017 ©indiegogo
Crowdfunding is one of the fantastic inventions of our generation. Instead of limiting products and business start ups to people who can afford it, it offers a new possibility. It gives people a chance to create and dream - and infect other people with their ideas. If they manage to do so, the community helps them to realize their creations by funding money. Communities like indiegogo are portals where bright heads can present their projects and raise money to make them come true. With the designs in the „health and fitness“ category of indiegogo, 4 great entrepreneurs might revolutionize the sports sector. In 2017, the following ideas either just got financed or are right now in the process of collecting money. Anyway, all 4 of them could change the future of sports. For us, all of them are worth being supported. So take your time and learn about the upcoming sport products in 2017 that could thrill you as well.

Calm. Wearable ECG for sports and sleep analyses

The idea behind the wearable ECG from Yoshiko Date / Arrow Electronics is to help athletes (hobby or professional) to train in a safer way. An ECG monitors your heart frequency, detecting the physical loading of the heart or any irregular heart rhythms. Normally, it is used at a health check-up by your doctor. The CALM is the portable version which is supposed to be affordable for everyone, giving athletes the option to measure their own heart frequency when working out. It helps making your training more effective and will prevent any injuries. Moreover, it will be able to analyze your sleep efficiency and your „CALMness“. The factor is based on data of your stress and relaxation level. All in all, the goal is to optimize your training and thus your physical and mental performance. The launch of the calm project at indiegogo was on the 12th of April - with the help of crowdfunding they hope to be able to begin the production in May. Find out more about it here: Project "Calm" on indiegogo  

MOAR. Fat Tire, Folding Frame, Electric Bicycle

Indiegogo - Moar There it goes again - the next 4-letter project. The E-Bike MOAR. It’s a fat tire bike with a 85 mile range through a 1000w motor and 48v battery with full suspension and a great design. The smart heads behind are the developer Moar Bikes and -again - Arrow Electronics. When I think of an E-Bike, I see a city bike for people who want to get through the city a little quicker. Given the Moar, that’s a completely different story. Not only does the design remind of an extreme mountain bike, it also has great features. It brings a lot of fun for the outdoor loving person as the bike can handle almost any terrain thanks to its 4 inch tires and high power. Just imagine going offroad through mud and mountains with it. Adventure time! The launch at indiegogo was already in february 2017 and brought up enough money so that the e-bike could already be produced - still, if you want to know more and support the next idea, the MOAR still runs for about one more week: Project "Moar" on indiegogo  

Delphin: Run and swim with apps WITHOUT your phone

The Delphin is for all athletes who love to get their workout spiced up by a great soundtrack. The small device offers the possibility to use your favorite apps like spotify or soundcloud without taking your phone. Not only is it a lot lighter, the whole design and functionality is made for sports. Especially swimmers often have to take the risk of damaging their phone by bringing it into the water - a case is rarely 100% waterproof. The delphin though is and operates even under water, just with a touchscreen. Moreover, it will be delivered with either regular waterproof headphones or the first waterproof bluetooth headphones, so no need for distraction through cable salad. The idea was developed by Scott Walker, USA, who is himself a sport enthusiast. Think of it as a waterproof smart watch. Scott already got the amount to mass produce the delphin, but still works on improving it and adding it more features. Stay up to date here: Project "Delphin" on indiegogo  

BG7 Super Brain 2

Have you seen the movie limitless? Well, the Super Brain 2 makes it come to reality. It’s a device making studying more efficient by helping people focus and even raise your consciousness through neurofeedback. So how does it work? Our brain communicates through brain wave patterns. Each of these patterns is connected to a certain state of mind, with the SMR wave being the one connected to concentration. If you manage to send these waves through your brain, you can rise your level of consciousness. that’s what the Super Brain does. Even if it sounds a little creepy, it might be an escape for students relying on drugs to study harder for their exams, offering them a healthy way. If you want to know more, the developer explain a lot more about the Project "Superbrain" on indiegogo   © Images by Indiegogo

An internship in the sports industry: Meet Linda, our new team member!

The team behind the job board Sportyjob
What is it like to start an internship in the sports industry? Will I fit in, will I meet my boss’ and colleagues’ expectations and do I have even what it takes in order to be successful at Sportyjob?  My thoughts were filled with many more than those three tricky questions as I arrived at the office in Biarritz not too long ago. I was – and still am - very enthusiastic about becoming part of the Sportyjob team and its continuous growth. The day I received the good news that Lennart and Andy wanted me to become part of their team, I felt very happy and confident on the one hand but at the same time, a feeling of uncertainty and curiosity pervaded me rapidly. I would like to get you involved in how it all started, what I did before in terms of education and why I chose to apply for an internship in the sport department. Here it goes! The relevant thread of my educational career probably started when I left my hometown in Germany to spend one year abroad in the United States in 2010. I decided to apply for an exchange student program when I was 15 years old and luckily, I got placed in Petal, Mississippi, where many influences started to shape my personality. Back then, I was already looking for athletic challenges and I loved to practice sports in my free time. I never imagined it could be part of my professional career one day though. The next step that affected my decision regarding study programs and hence, my professional development, was the gap year after I graduated in Germany in 2013. I spent six months in Australia trying to find out what continuative path to choose – but I got stuck, it appeared to be a dead end! Eventually, right after I had settled back in at home, I decided to enroll myself for a study program named Languages and Business Administration at the Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau (University of Applied Sciences of Zwickau), focusing on the French language. And still, I was practicing sports and trying to compensate daily issues with physical activity, therefore I never lost interest in working in the sports industry later on. I started to ponder what job could practically combine my passion for sport and the interest in a professional occupation that pays the bills as well. Due to the fact that the third year of my Bachelor program is obligatory to be spent abroad (in my case it had to be a French partner university), I moved to the south of France in August 2016 and continued my studies in Perpignan. The time flew by and I started looking for attractive internship opportunities to fulfill the mission determined by the Licence Professionnelle en GPOD, that I had started at the UPVD ( Université de Perpignan Via Domitia). As mentioned earlier, Sportyjob welcomed me on behalf of their team and I soon got excited about discovering the region of Biarritz online before I actually moved to Aquitaine. Even though I just recently started my internship, I already notice how fast the gain in experience takes place and that I do not only benefit from the input given by my boss but also of qualitative hints and remarks given by my colleagues. I am looking forward to develop personal and linguistic skills as I work at Sportyjob, precisely because I know that the knowledge transfer is based on valuable experience and personally developed know-how that I cannot wait to seek. Don’t wait too long to send in your application, do it now! Sport jobs and especially internships are being filled within a blink of an eye – I know that now!