Where and how we make our products offer us diverse opportunities to make a difference and demonstrate how seriously we take our responsibilities.
Just as our products are essential to our business, the Our Products pillar is pivotal to the success of Fashion Footprint. Rightly, we are judged on the social and environmental impacts of creating and commissioning our products and the work we do to improve these.
We have ongoing initiatives, whether it is supporting our suppliers to improve working conditions or trialling the use of waste materials to create new ranges.
Reporting within this pillar falls into three key areas:
- Ethical Trading;
- Environmental Impacts of Products; and
- Animal Welfare.
Fostering a socially and environmentally sound approach to doing business also makes good business sense, as our experience is that driving improvements in these areas enhances performance across the board.
We continue to receive and grade ethical audits of suppliers’ factories, an activity that is supported by our Code of Conduct Guidebook. This year we have set even stricter targets on audit grading, targeting out-of-date and orange audits, working towards achieving all factories operating with a green or yellow rating.
Working with other stakeholders continues to be an essential component of this pillar. Our joint endeavours with other retailers pool expertise and resources. Nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and consultants also play a role in our efforts.
There are a number of policies and guidelines relevant to this key pillar, several of which are referred to throughout this section.