In 2021, we made new strides on our journey to becoming a more responsible brand:
- 88% of our current collection is made from responsible fabrics.
- We improved the content and recyclability of our packaging, introducing 100% recycled plastic packaging and FSC-certified product tags.
- We began working with The Right Project consultancy to develop our Responsible Brand Commitment.
- We partnered with Canopy on the PACK4Good initiative, making a commitment through our Forest Fibres Policy to protect the world’s ancient and endangered forests. Download our Forest Fibres policy.
- In a move towards circular fashion, we signed up to a key initiative, Textiles 2030, a ground-breaking, expert-lead initiative from WRAP to harness the knowledge and expertise of sustainability experts to encourage a system change in the UK. We’ll update you on our progress at every stage.
- We employed an experienced Head of Sustainability to guide us in making thoughtful and conscious decisions for the people and the planet. Our Head of Sustainability aids in prioritising our main objectives and ensuring our efforts are focused in the places that matter. Look out for an update on our recent recruitment soon.
- As part of our commitment to educate the people within our business, the Nobody’s Child Head office team took part in seminars and training sessions around key areas of our business including, materials, labour standards and modern slavery. Our Buying, Merchandising and Digital teams attended workshops led by The Right Project to understand accountability and what is expected of those working within the industry.
- As a company predominantly populated by women, we signed up to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. Established by the UN Global Compact and UN Women, the WEPs are informed by international labour and human rights standards and are grounded in the recognition that businesses have a stake and responsibility for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
- Becoming a more transparent business is one of our big picture goals, which is why we signed up to the Open Apparel Registry (OAR), a database designed to map garment facilities worldwide and assign a unique ID code to each one. It’s a go-to source for identifying apparel facilities and is a significant step for Nobody’s Child in being more traceable through our supplier lists and stakeholders.
We enhanced our Ethical Audit Programme, which includes:
- Updating our Labour Code of Conduct to be transparent and clear with our requirements.
- Providing further clarity to our suppliers on our requirements through our Subcontracting Policy.
- Within Freedom of Association, we added the Right to Organise Guarantee to enable our factory management in ensuring workers’ Freedom of Association rights are clearly communicated and understood by all employees.
What’s to come:
We’re positive about the change we can make and we’re already on our way to a better future. Here’s what’s up next on our journey in 2021:
- We will be updating our strategy, which we will share with you shortly.
- We’re participating in an independent assessment of our carbon emissions for our entire business, from our products to our packaging. We’ll be creating an action plan to reduce our impact and emissions following this report.
- In the coming months, we will be partnering with a charity that echoes our ethos in one of our key sourcing countries. Since we’ve realigned our focus and pushed forward with our responsibility plan, we believe it’s important to give back.
- We will continue to train and educate our team on important topics including women’s empowerment and inclusion.
- We will publish our first Modern Slavery Statement.
We remain open and honest about our journey and commitments. We may not be perfect, but we’re on the right track of becoming a better business for the planet and its people.
Please contact us with any questions you may have around our progress.