About Fashion Footprint
Fashion Footprint is Arcadia Group’s programme to monitor and manage the social and environmental impacts of our business. It provides our ethical activities with a focus and framework, underpinning our objective to be a responsible retailer.
Now entering its ninth year, Fashion Footprint reinforces our commitment to sustainability; a commitment that we believe makes just as much sense from a business perspective as it does from an ethical one.
Our Fashion Footprint vision provides us with a mission statement that we can all get behind: to produce fashionable products in an ethical way and demonstrate a responsible attitude towards people and the environment.
The activities and reporting of our Fashion Footprint programme are divided into four pillars
Fashion Footprint Governance
All successful initiatives that bring together a diverse range of stakeholders require strong leadership, and Fashion Footprint is no exception. This is the role fulfilled by the Fashion Footprint Steering Group, which comprises senior members of our business.
The Steering Group meets quarterly to provide governance, guidance and risk assessment across all our social and environmental responsibilities, and to ensure that these activities remain integral to Arcadia’s strategy.
Endorsed by Group Chief Executive Ian Grabiner, the Steering Group is chaired by Alda Andreotti, Group Supply Chain Director. Activities are divided across a series of working groups, each of which is aligned with one of the four key pillars and has a Steering Group member as their sponsor to oversee progress towards monthly key performance indicators (KPIs). The day-to-day running of the Fashion Footprint programme is the responsibility of Jamie Beck, Head of Supplier Management.
fashion footprint advisory panel
It is four years since we launched our Fashion Footprint Advisory Panel that acts as the voice of our employees. FFAP members represent brands and functions across our business.
The panel continues to provide feedback on the Fashion Footprint initiatives proposed by the Steering Group and proposals and suggestions of their own. In addition this year the FFAP supported the Steering Group to deliver two Focus Groups to gather insights from our people. For more details, see Our Employees.
Stakeholder engagement is a vital element of all four of our key pillars. It plays a strategic role in the success of our working groups and how they feed into the pillars as well as how we communicate progress.
The following six groups represent our principal stakeholders and the dialogue and interaction we have with them is a continuous theme of this report.
1. OUR EMPLOYEES
Our people are vital stakeholders and we have dedicated a specific pillar to them; we recognise that they play an important role in helping us achieve our Fashion Footprint vision. This year we brought together Fashion Footprint Focus Groups to gather feedback on our progress to date and prompt suggestions as to how we can shape the programme in future. Our retail colleagues relish the opportunity to support Fashion Footprint and have renewed their commitment this year. The success of our charity fundraising each year also rests on the enthusiasm and involvement of our people.
2. SUPPLIERS, THEIR FACTORIES AND FACTORY WORKERS
This group of stakeholders is particularly vital to our activities within the Our Products pillar. Many of our ethical trading projects rely on their transparency and willingness to work together on tangible progress and improvements for workers in our supply chain.
Knowing that the topics we cover in Fashion Footprint are important to our customers is one of the key drivers for this work. We want our customers to be confident we trade ethically and with consideration for our environmental impacts. Contact from customers, usually via email, ensures we can reflect their interests and concerns when we are carrying out Fashion Footprint initiatives.
4. TRADE UNIONS, GOVERNMENTS, NGOs, CAMPAIGNING GROUPS AND STUDENTS
This is the most diverse group of stakeholders we work with and can be seen broadly as civil society and government. All input and feedback from this group has a significant impact on our work. This year, as with others, we have been busy working with various members of this group. We have joined with other retailers to sign the joint Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh and remain committed to the on-going pledges it encompasses.
Meanwhile, the TOPSHOP and TOPMAN Joint Turkey Project continues to collaborate with global workers’ union IndustriALL and a local NGO, Social Development and Gender Equality Centre (SOGEP).
We continued to support the valuable work of the Fashion Retail Academy this year, developing the talent for our industry.
5. OTHER RETAILERS AND BRANDS
We regularly collaborate with other high street retailers on a wide variety of projects and initiatives. Good examples of this are the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, our involvement in the Joint Turkey Project, the Sustainable Action Clothing Plan and the Better Cotton Initiative. For more on all these activities, see Our Products.
6. THIRD PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS
We work with many third party service providers, whether it’s to test our products or audit our suppliers’ factories. These companies work in partnership with our own teams, providing valuable specific expertise to support our programmes.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Policies and procedures are also an important part of how we work and we have a comprehensive list of business policies in place that are appropriate to an organisation the size of Arcadia Group.
In terms of Fashion Footprint, there are a number of policies we may refer to, for example:
- Workplace Diversity;
- Health and Safety Policy;
- Dignity at Work Policy; and
- Anti-Corruption Policy.
These are in addition to our Code of Conduct and its Guidebook, our Migrant Workers’ Guidelines and our Animal Welfare Policy.
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