De Bijenkorf will stop selling products made from exotic skins in 2020, tightening its animal welfare policy. This is the next step in making the range at the department store sells more sustainable. De Bijenkorf has already stopped selling fur, angora and mohair.

Ninke Gijzel, Director of Purchasing at De Bijenkorf, said “De Bijenkorf attaches great importance to sustainable business. We encourage positive changes through the whole production chain; animal welfare is an important part of this. From 2020, De Bijenkorf will no longer sell products made from exotic leather. We believe that exotic skins are no longer environmentally responsible and that sufficient alternatives are being offered.”

In 2016, De Bijenkorf signed the Sustainable Clothing and Textile Covenant and drew up a corresponding plan of action to achieve concrete goals. This action plan is aimed at transparency and making the clothing and textile chain more sustainable. De Bijenkorf focuses on improving working conditions, the environment and animal welfare.

De Bijenkorf is focusing on exotic hides and skins from animals that are not kept for animal husbandry and consumption, such as reptile hides, including python, crocodiles, alligators and lizards.

Find more information about the sustainability policy of De Bijenkorf here.