We have a responsibility to reduce the environmental impact of our operations.
Looking at more sustainable alternatives to the materials in our collections is one way we can address this. We are beginning to address other impacts too, with efforts being made to reduce our carbon and waste footprints.
Roughly 30% of our carbon emissions come not from the manufacturing of our collections, but the operating and running of our stores, headquarters, warehouses and transport.
We realise this is a significant percentage, so we’re working towards bringing the impact of it right down. We’ve been developing our climate strategy, focusing on areas we have direct influence over and collecting data from all sources, so we can be even more efficient.
We have committed to setting science-based targets, putting in place greenhouse gas emission reduction targets that align with climate science and the Paris Climate Agreement.
To give some context, The Paris Climate Agreement was signed by 195 of the world’s governments to try and limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. SBTs give companies a clearly defined path to future-proof growth, mainly by specifying how much and how quickly they need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
Since 2010, we’ve been reporting to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The CDP is a not-for-profit organisation that runs a carbon disclosure system for companies (and even cities), to help manage their environmental impacts. By reporting to the CDP, we are able to focus on areas of carbon risk within our business. To read our most recent CDP report click below and search for Ted Baker.
More recently we have joined the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Climate Action Roadmap. In 2021 we aim to integrate our carbon strategy across all business areas at Ted Baker. We look forward to collaborating with other brands in making a collective push towards achieving net zero carbon emissions.
In 2019 we switched to 100% renewable energy on all our UK Sites.
Part of Ted’s commitment to reducing our environmental impact is to take a look at our packaging. We recognise our huge reliance on wood-based products, from our paper-based packaging and shipping cartons to our viscose and lyocell fabrics – these are all made from wood. Because of this, we’re partnering with NGO Canopy and committing to two important policies - Pack4Good and CanopyStyle - to make sure we eliminate sourcing from ancient and endangered forests while promoting innovative packaging and alternative materials.
We may not be perfect, but we’ve already eliminated all laminated cardboard and made sure our carrier bags and e-commerce boxes are fully recyclable. The ribbon handles on our bags have been replaced by a material that looks and feels like rope, but is in fact made out of paper. Our e-commerce boxes are reusable too, thanks to a clever reversible sleeve. Plastic windows on our packaging are being phased out, with apertures being left uncovered to display the product inside. Increasingly, we are looking to manufacture in the UK and EU, meaning our carbon footprint will also be reduced.
You can read our full policy here.
In 2019, our donations to Oxfam, Age UK and Newlife raised over £1,040,000 and diverted over 38 tonnes of waste from landfill.
According to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the UK is responsible for 350,000 tonnes of textile waste going to landfill every year. As well as this, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation states that less than 1% of clothing is recycled at the end of its lifespan. It’s fair to say fashion can be wasteful.
To avoid contributing to the huge quantity of textiles sent to landfill each year in the UK, we donate our terminal stock to reputable charities. Two of our key charity partners are Oxfam and Age UK, who sell our stock in their UK stores, raising money for their important work. We also work with multiple charities around the world to ensure that our terminal stock goes to good homes.
Oxfam believes we can live in a world without poverty. They save lives in disasters, help people build better lives for themselves and challenge the big issues that keep people poor.
For over six years, we’ve been donating our returned faulty products to Newlife, a charity based in Cannock that helps children with disabilities and terminal illness.
Age UK’s vision is for a world where everyone can love later life. They support older people in the UK, with the advice, companionship and support they need to make the most of later life
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In 2011, we learnt about the plight of the honey bee. Being fans of the furry pollinators, we teamed up with Bee Urban to look after the two hives on the roof of our London headquarters. Our beekeeper Barnaby regularly checks on our hives to ensure the bees are very well looked after. We have been reaping the rewards ever since with successful (and delicious) honey crops every year.
We’re committed to looking after those who create, make and wear our products.
Our business impacts the lives of thousands of people around the world, meaning we have to be proactive in our approach to advancing positive working conditions and protecting human rights.
All of the factories and suppliers we work with must go through a rigorous screening process.
All partners must conduct annual audits of their factories and processes, making sure improvements are made and standards are up to scratch.
Ted’s Ethical Trade and Production teams regularly visit suppliers all over the world.
Some of our partners have been on-board with us for over twenty years.
Ted’s Ethical Code of Conduct is the cornerstone of this commitment. It covers our principles for safe, fair and decent work and all locations must adhere to it.
You Can Read Ted’s Code Here
We’ve set out to map our complex supply chain and have committed to making sure our processes, practices and ways of working are as transparent as they can be. This is an important step towards ensuring unethical practices, such as modern slavery has less chance of rearing its head in the supply chain.
Fun Facts About our Supply Chain
We map our supply chain of over 70,000 people so we can take care of them. The most important part of our supply chain is the people who work within it.
We have over 140 first-tier factories in 17 different sourcing countries.
100% of our first-tier factories have agreed to the code and have an ethical audit.
Over 70,000 workers are employed in the first-tier of our supply chain.
72% of these workers are women.
Ted’s First-Tier Factory List
Here at Ted, we’re committed to achieving a greater supply chain transparency. We’ve put together a complete list of all first-tier factories, where our finished goods are made and shipped from. This includes factory names, addresses, as well as some additional information about the facilities. We have also included a map of sourcing countries used by our third-party licensee partners.
From October 2020 we have published our first tier factory map on the Open Apparel Registry. We see this as an important first step, with the second step being to continue mapping our second-tier facilities and beyond. This will include all the facilities and people that support our first-tier, such as subcontractors and mills.
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We’ve partnered with Segura; an industry leading supply chain mapping platform and are working on mapping our entire supply chain.
Ted’s Code of Conduct
All of our partners and factories agree to our standards on working conditions, business ethics, traceability, environmental stewardship and use of chemicals.
Our Ethical Code of Conduct is based on international conventions such as the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code, the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO Core Conventions and more.
The Code of Conduct, ethical policies, annual audits, rigorous screening process, and supplier relationships mean ethical challenges can be addressed and steps towards positive change can be made. This process minimises the risk of falling short of our own exacting expectations and standards. We work closely with our suppliers to continuously improve conditions, making sure that any issues are addressed by getting to the root cause.
We have produced toolkits for engaging and informing our internal teams and help make business decisions too. These toolkits highlight worker related challenges and broader social issues that could impact our supply chain.
The fashion industry’s supply chains are complex and don’t come without their problems. Some key issues we face are excessive working hours in some of our China factories, and the use of multiple sub-contractors in our Turkey factories, which are two of our largest sourcing countries. We are working closely with our suppliers with high risk issues to provide support and guidance and in addition have teamed up with The Reassurance Network (TRN), to implement a training and monitoring programme in some of our key factories in both Turkey and China.
Like for many of our peers, this is no mean feat and takes time but gives us a better chance of ensuring that our products are created in facilities committed to providing fair and safe environments for their workers.
We are now proud members of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). We are very excited to be a party of this industry leading multi-stakeholder community. We recognise the importance of collaboration to make meaningful systemic changes to improve labour rights across the garment supply chain.
We work with different third party partners, including Licensees, Joint venture, and occasionally promotors. These partners use their own supply chain, however, we have created a third party policy which ensures they are still meetings Ted’s minimum standards. You can read more about these requirements here
Modern Slavery Statement
We believe certain things must be put in place in order to work towards positive change: transparency and honesty are two of them. With that in mind, we’ve set out to map our complex supply chain and have committed to making sure our processes, practices and ways of working are as transparent as they can be. This is an important step towards ensuring an unethical practice like modern slavery has less chance of rearing its head in the supply chain.
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Closer to Home
While much is being done to address poor practice across the global industry, we’re also making positive changes in the areas surrounding our London head office. We work with local partners and schools on masterclasses, talks and presentations. We also nurture local talent through mentoring, networking and workshops, inspiring people to consider careers in the creative and business worlds, while providing work experience. We’ve also put our terminal stock to good use, and repurposed equipment to give back to the community.
Since 2018, we’ve been working with C4WS on their Camden-based homeless project, donating tailor-made formalwear for people to wear to job interviews.
Working with Camden STEAM, we hosted a 5-day Business Challenge for students, tasking them to choose an inspirational theme and design a pair of trainers. They then pitched to a panel of Ted’s trusty experts, with the winning team now working with our footwear designers to have their shoes made.
Another of our highlights was the ‘Shirtfather’ design workshop with New River College, a consortium of three Pupil Referral Units. Students were asked to create products and garments using Ted fabrics. The pupils then presented their creations to our Production Director, with the best designs getting hand-picked to go in to production.
Whether half way across the globe or a little closer to home, Ted pledges to take care of the people at the very core of the community.
Gender Pay Report 2020
Here at Ted, we’re passionate about having a company as diverse as our customer base. Our team members represent more than 68 nationalities worldwide, with 44 in our London HQ alone. When it comes to gender pay, we’ll be completely upfront: there’s still an imbalance. Our aim is to achieve a more equal representation across all levels of our organisation, reducing the gap that currently exists.
Remember, gender pay doesn’t mean men and women are paid differently for doing the same job (this is ‘equal pay’ and it’s been illegal for years!). However, we do still have an overall gap in average male and female earnings that we’re taking steps to reduce.
We’ve made a number of significant female senior appointments in the past year, but while women are well represented at the very top and in our overall workforce, there’s more work to be done to develop and grow our own female senior leaders from within.
We’re now sharing our Gender Pay Report with the snapshot date of 5th April 2019 so you can see where we’re at and what action we’re taking. On 24th March 2020, the Equalities Commission said that this reporting was not compulsory and only around 50% of organisations have shared theirs, but we think it’s important to be open and honest.
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We’re always thinking of ways to create beautiful, more sustainable products.
Around 70% of our carbon impact comes from the production of our products. To reduce our carbon, water and waste footprints, we need to look at our fabric selection and the way we use materials.
Some of our targets for the next few years include making sure:
of our cotton is organic, recycled or BCI Cotton by 2024.
of our leather is to come from LWG or equivalent certified tanneries by 2025.
of our regenerated cellulosics will come from FSC or PEFC Certified forests by 2025.
of our polyester to be recycled by 2030
To keep things on track, Ted Baker has signed up to be a member of SCAP, BCI and the Textile Exchange. Since 2012, Ted has been a signatory of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) and is part of an industry-wide initiative to bring about positive change within the sector. Together, with over seventy UK based fashion brands, we’re working to reduce the carbon, water and waste footprint of clothing sold in the UK. The most significant impact we can make on our footprint, as outlined above, is through choosing more sustainable fibres.
Ted Baker pledges to ensure 100% of our collections will be made from responsibly sourced materials by 2030.
This means finding a fibre or material which has a reduced environmental impact and using it to replace a more conventional material or process. By choosing alternative materials and processes, we’re using less water, less energy and fewer chemicals and resources.
More recently, we have become proud signatories of the WRAP Textiles 2030, a new voluntary agreement for the UK textiles sector.
Through this initiative, we are making commitments, together with other big industry players, to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and water footprint of our products over the next 10 years. We will do this by swapping our conventional materials to more sustainable options, while also working with our suppliers to improve their manufacturing practices. We are also committing to putting in place circular business thinking to promote the reuse of materials and products, while increasing the recyclability of our garments.
Don’t Just Take Our Word For It…
One important thing to note is that all sustainability claims need to be backed up with certification. Everything in our Conscious Shop has third-party certification to prove its sustainability credentials, which is currently the only way to prove something is truly more sustainable.
To reach our target, we’ve identified the materials we hope to replace with more sustainable alternatives. This is an ongoing discussion, being helped along by life cycle-assessment data and reports. Some of our most-used materials include cotton, wool, polyester, leather and regenerated cellulosics (a fancy name for fibres like viscose and lyocell). To meet our targets, we’ve set our sights on sourcing leather from Leather Working Group (LWG) certified tanneries and switching our cotton to organic, recycled or Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) cotton. We also pledge to source recycled polyester as well as organic, recycled or responsible wool.
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Better Cotton Initiative
The aim of Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment and better for the future of the cotton industry.
Through education and training, farmers learn more about sustainable production methods, helping them to reduce their environmental impact, use less water and fewer harmful pesticides, and increase their yields and profits.
Better Cotton is not physically traceable to the end product. However, BCI Farmers benefit from the demand for Better Cotton in equivalent volumes to those we source.
Unlike conventional cotton, the organic cotton farming process does not use synthetic pesticides, insecticides or fertilisers. The crops are predominantly rain fed too, which means the negative environmental impacts of growing cotton are minimised.
Better Cotton is not physically traceable to the end product. However, BCI Farmers benefit from the demand for Better Cotton in equivalent volumes to those we source
Recycled cotton can either be sourced from pre-consumer or post-consumer textile waste. By using recycled cotton, we’re able to eliminate the farming, harvesting and ginning processes.
In turn, this helps to reduce the use of raw materials, water, chemicals and energy. Better Cotton is not physically traceable to the end product. However, BCI Farmers benefit from the demand for Better Cotton in equivalent volumes to those we source.
Alternatives to Viscose & Lyocell
Conventional viscose and lyocell are made with wood pulp, which has been linked to deforestation.
The pulp is treated with solvents and therefore has associations with chemical pollution. By choosing alternative fibres sourced from sustainably managed forests (e.g. FSC certified) and processed in more sustainable way, these impacts can be reduced and eliminated.
Leather Working Group Tanneries
The Leather Working Group is an international organisation made up of stakeholders across the leather supply chain, working to promote environmental best practice within leather manufacturing and related industries.
Ted Baker are committed to supporting sustainable leather manufacturing across the globe and that is why we are proud members of the LWG. Ted aims to only source leather from LWG certified tanneries by 2025.
Recycled Polyester & Nylon
Virgin polyester and polyamide (aka nylon) are made from crude oil.
Large amounts of energy and water are required to convert it into a fibre. By using recycled alternatives, the raw materials and energy needed to produce them are reduced.
Wool can be certified as organic if the sheep are farmed in humane conditions and not exposed to synthetic chemicals.
With organic wool, the process of turning fleece into yarn uses fewer chemicals than conventional wool, meaning the overall environmental impact is decreased.
Wool production requires land for grazing sheep, as well as energy, water and chemicals to convert the wool into a finished and useable fibre.
By using pre-consumer or post-consumer wool waste, we can eliminate these processes and minimise the environmental impact along the way.
We know that the responsibility doesn’t stop with the raw materials that make our products; it extends into the manufacturing processes too. We keep a close eye on how our products are processed, which includes things like dying, printing, tanning and washing. Rethinking our manufacturing processes can also help reduce our carbon, water and chemical impact.
One way we do this is by using digital printing instead of other methods of printing. Digital printing creates beautifully vivid images and uses less water and ink to do so.
Use and Durability: Taking Care of Ted
Fashion, even high-end fashion, has an increasingly short shelf-life these days. With more seasons than ever before, there’s a growing pressure to keep up with the latest trends and collections. But Ted Baker wares are built to last.
We believe your clothes should be enjoyed for as long as possible. Which is why we’ve put together a care guide called ‘Taking Care of Ted’ to help prolong the lifespan of your wardrobe. This will help protect valuable resources and even save you some money along the way.
Animal Welfare and Banned Materials
Animal welfare is incredibly important to us at Ted. We have a strict Animal Welfare and Responsible Material policy (link to policy) which specifies the minimum requirements we set for our suppliers when sourcing animal derived fibres. There are also some materials that we simply won’t use. By this, we mean a list of banned materials including those that are not sourced or used under any circumstance, in any of our products. All our suppliers must comply with the banning of these materials.
Uzbek and Turkmen Cotton
Ted Baker insists that no cotton sourced from Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan finds its way into our products. This is because of documented reports of industry-wide, systematic human rights violations, including the use of child labour and forced labour in the harvesting of cotton. No ifs, ands, or buts: we do not, and will not, tolerate these practices.
Alpaca, Angora and Mohair
We don't use alpaca, angora or mohair* in any of our collections. This is due to the unethical treatment of angora rabbits and mohair goats on some farms. *From AW21 we will be sourcing Mohair from The Responsible Mohair Standard
Due to issues concerning animal husbandry and fur extraction, it’s difficult to guarantee that animals raised on fur farms are ethically treated. Because of this, we do not use real fur in any of our collections.
In accordance with the CITIES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) and IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) list, Ted Baker prohibits the use of materials from endangered species.
Down and Feathers
Due to multiple reports of unethical treatment of birds, we are no longer using down and feathers through any of our direct suppliers in Ted owned collections. Our third-party partners are permitted to use responsibly sourced feather and down products, providing they have been certified to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS).
Our restricted materials list is comprised of materials that will only be used if they reach a certain ethical standard.
Leather and Hair on Hide
No animals will ever be slaughtered solely for use on a Ted Baker product. All skins on our products, for example, must be by-products of the meat industry. We do not use any skins from animals that have been boiled or skinned alive. As well as this, we do not use Karakul, Slink or other leathers that are from unborn animals.
Sheep used for the production of wool are susceptible to a parasitic infection called fly strike. A common but unethical remedy for this is ‘mulesing’, which involves removing strips of wool-bearing skin from the rear of the sheep. We are working with suppliers to phase out wool from mulesed sheep within all collections.
Cashmere production has its ties to unregulated animal welfare standards and land degradation. We continue to work hard to ensure all our cashmere is eventually traceable, with increased visibility leading to better working practises.
Tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold, collectively known as 3TG, are major drivers of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries. Because of this, we do not tolerate the use of 3TG materials sourced from these regions.
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