Tchibo was honoured by the non-profit organisation Textile Exchange as part of the annual “Preferred Fiber and Material Benchmark”. In addition, the company was ranked third largest user of organic cotton worldwide for the third time in a row.

Tchibo operates more than 1,000 branches, over 21,200 retail depots and national online shops in eight countries. In 2017, the company generated sales of around 3.2 billion euros. For its sustainable corporate management, the family-owned company was already awarded the Business Ethics Prize and the Logistics Environmental Prize in 2012 and the CSR Prizes of the German Federal Government and the EU in 2013. In 2016, Tchibo succeeded in being named Germany’s most sustainable company.

Tchibo is a pioneer in the field of sustainable textiles

In the recently published report, Textil Exchange lists Tchibo as a member of the renowned “Leaders Circle” of the apparel industry. The report identifies companies in the following sectors overall

  • sustainability strategy
  • Use of fibres – which meet certain sustainability criteria
  • Management of textile supply chains and customer communication
  • consumer dialogue

were compared with each other. Data from 111 companies, including the world’s leading fashion retailers, were queried and compared.

Tchibo was also named the world’s third largest user of organic cotton. In 2017, the family business founded in 1949 was assessed. It showed that around 80 percent of the cotton processed by Tchibo comes from sustainable sources, mostly from controlled organic cultivation.

Tchibo is also on the best list with its synthetic cellulose fibres (viscose, modal and lyocell). In 2017, more than 75 percent of the cellulose fibres used by Tchibo were obtained from sustainable sources.

Tchibo assumes responsibility for future generations

“As a family business, Tchibo is committed to the merchant virtues of commitment, fairness and honesty. With our actions today, we always take responsibility for future generations. We are delighted to be placed in the “Leaders Circle”. At the same time we think it is high time to act courageously. We are therefore committed to continuing to purchase raw materials and materials with integrity and fairness,” says Nanda Bergstein, Director of Corporate Responsibility at Tchibo.

For the company, cotton is one of the most important natural materials in Tchibo’s clothing and home textile range. In the short term, the family-owned company plans to source all its cotton from sustainable sources.


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