Fashioning a Better Future
At Ted Baker we believe in being open and honest in the way we do business, this includes doing the right thing by all of our stakeholders throughout our supply chain and operating in a fair and sustainable manner.
Three very important areas of sustainability make up our global sustainability strategy; Fashioning a Better Future:
PLANET – Manage and reduce our impact on the environment.
- Own Operations
- Product Waste
- Packaging and Transport
PEOPLE - Look after those who create, make and wear our product.
- Ted’s Team
- Supply Chain
PRODUCT - Produce beautiful, more sustainable product.
- Raw Materials
- Use & Durability
We set targets within each area to ensure steady progress is made. Knowing that many practises in the fashion industry are unsustainable we want to work with our supply chains to continually improve our processes.
We’re committed to looking after those who create, make and wear our products. From the supply chain and wider communities, to the team at Ted’s global headquarters, ambitious targets have been set to address working practice and ensure continuous improvement. From creating opportunities to empowering people and communities across the world, fashion can be a force for good. For this, work, people and processes must be respected. 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. Discrimination and exploitation can be common in the fashion industry, which is why all the factories and suppliers Ted works with go through a rigorous screening process. Once part of the team, Ted sets out to form lasting relationships with all his partners, which in turn encourages better working practices. All partners, new or old, must conduct annual social audits of their factories and processes, making sure continuous improvements are being made, standards are up to scratch and things are ticking over as they should. This falls under the responsibility of Ted’s Ethical Trade and Production teams, who regularly visit suppliers all over the world. Some partners have been onboard for over twenty years. Ted wouldn’t settle for anything less. 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. Transparency & Supply Chain Mapping Ted believes 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 unethical practices, such as modern slavery, has less chance of rearing its head in the supply chain. You can read Ted’s Modern Slavery Statement here. From wallets to waistcoats, it’s important to know where Ted’s products are made, which is why we’ve partnered with Segura; an industry leading supply chain mapping platform. With their help, we can easily keep an eye on all Ted’s suppliers and make sure everyone is aligned with the same principles. Facts about Ted’s Supply Chain - Ted has over 150 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 Ted’s supply chain.- 72% of these workers are women. Ted is committed to achieving greater supply chain transparency, which includes plans for mapping our raw materials too. For now, Ted’s 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 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. A supply chain map will be ready for early 2020. Until then, Ted’s provided a list of all information via the link. In the meantime, any queries and questions can be directed to ‘Ted’s Conscience’, his in-house sustainability team. Click here to see Ted’s first-tier factory list. Ted’s Ways of Working The most important part of Ted’s supply chain are the people who work within it. It’s our responsibility to ensure all workers are respected and protected. Accordingly, we require all our partners and factories to agree to Ted’s standards on working conditions, business ethics, traceability, environmental stewardship and use of chemicals. Ted’s 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. Ted’s Code of Conduct, ethical policies, annual audits as well as a 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. Ted understands territory challenges in our sourcing countries and carries out due diligence when it comes regional issues. 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. Here at Ted, we are very selective about the suppliers we work with and are committed to being open, constructive and transparent. We also expect this attitude from our suppliers so Ted’s supply chain and the wider fashion industry can continuously improve. It is our suppliers’ responsibility to enforce Ted’s ethical standards within their own supply chain, with Ted available for advice and support. If a supplier is found to be in breach of Ted’s expectations, we’ll work with them to ensure appropriate solutions are found and implemented. Ted’s close relationships with his suppliers are key to how we operate. Being understanding and supportive to our suppliers 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 find our suppliers are more open to change when working in partnership with us. Ted’s Communities Whilst much is being done to address poor practice across the global industry, Ted’s also inspired by the positive and progressive changes being made closer to home. As a business, we have an active role in the local community in a number of ways. We create and deliver education-focused challenges, masterclasses, talks and presentations to local partners and schools. We also nurture local talent through mentoring, networking and workshops. Through this, we’ve been inspiring people to consider careers in the creative and business worlds, while providing work experience opportunities. Through the imaginative use of terminal stock, the repurposing of equipment and technology for community use, we’ve aligned our commitment to sustainability with our work within the community. One way of doing this was to team up with C4WS, to assist them in helping to rebuild the lives of homeless people. Since 2018, Ted’s donated his tailor-made formalwear to the shelter for the users of their service to wear to job interviews. Ted’s proud of the small difference these clothes-drops have made so far. Another of Ted’s highlights was the ‘Shirtfather’ design workshop with New River College; a consortium of three Pupil Referral Units. For this initiative, students were asked to create products and garments using Ted fabrics, with the best designs getting hand-picked to go in to production. The pupils then visited the head office to present their creations to Ted’s Production Director. Ted’s also especially proud of the work done with Camden STEAM. This collaboration involved local council, schools and youth organisations connecting with businesses and cultural organisations to create opportunities for young people. Ted 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. 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 his community.
Here at Ted, we have a responsibility to reduce the environmental impact of our operations. As well as being resource intensive, the nature of our business causes quite the global footprint. This means change begins with how we use our recourses.
Single-use packaging, fast fashion and wastefulness has left its mark on the planet. 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.
Own Operations and Climate Strategy
With the help of Carbon Credentials, we’ve been developing our climate strategy, focusing on areas we have direct influence over. 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 that percentage right down.
A key part of any Climate Strategy is data, so we’re ramping up our efforts to collect accurate data from all sources. Once collated, we’ll be able to go about making what we do even more efficient.
Science Based Targets (SBTs)
Ted has 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.
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 here and search for Ted Baker.
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.
The discussion around waste has become more urgent in recent years and circularity is now a big part of the conversation. But what does it mean? Ted’s glad you asked.
Circular fashion means making sure every part of a product’s lifespan is extended. From the longevity and timelessness of the design, through to ensuring production methods are fair, the focus is on producing ethical, high-quality products. But it doesn’t stop there. The customer then cares for and enjoys the item; repairing it when necessary and makes sure it is passed on, swapped or sold when no longer wanted. Only once the product has truly reached the end of its original life should it be ‘recycled’.
Ted is working with QSA Partners, London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and C&A Foundation to launch a circular business model.
This ties in nicely with ‘Taking Care of Ted’. Ted’s garments are built to last and designed to be worn for many seasons. Which means they stay in circulation for longer.
Donations to Charity
At Ted, we combat product waste in many ways. 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.
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. http://www.oxfam.org.uk/
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. https://www.ageuk.org.uk
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. https://newlifecharity.co.uk
We also work with multiple charities around the world to ensure that our terminal stock goes to good homes.
In 2018, our donations to Oxfam, Age UK and Newlife raised over £330,000 and diverted over 20 tonnes of waste from landfill.
In 2011, we learnt about the plight of the honey bee. Being a fan of the furry pollinators, Ted teamed up with Urban Beekeeping to install two hives on the roof of his London headquarters. We have been reaping the rewards ever since with successful honey crops every year.
Part of Ted’s commitment to reducing our environmental impact is to take a look at our packaging. We’re working across the business and with licensed and strategic partners, to ensure that all packaging is recyclable or reusable. This takes time, but Ted’s been making positive changes already. So far, we’ve launched a full-scale redesign of our Ecommerce packaging, eliminating all laminated cardboard and making sure our carrier bags and Ecommerce boxes are fully recyclable.
The ribbon handles on our retail bags have also been replaced by a material that looks, and feels like rope; but are in fact made out of paper. Our Ecommerce 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.
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.
Recycled Polyester and Polyamide (Nylon)
Virgin polyester and polyamide 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 the fibre are reduced.
Leather Working Group (LWG) Tanneries
Some of Ted’s targets for the next few years include making sure:
• 100% of our cotton is organic, recycled or BCI Cotton by 2024.
• 100% of our leather is to come from LWG or equivalent certified tanneries by 2025.
• 100% of our regenerated cellulosics will come from FSC or PEFC Certified forests, with a further 50% produced through sustainable production methods by 2025.
As the industry evolves, we will continuously review these targets to make sure they stay as ambitious as can be.
USE AND DURABILITY: TAKING CARE OF TED
We call it ‘Taking Care of Ted, and you can read it here.
Supply Chain Transparency
Banned & Restricted Materials
Our policy is that we do not test on animals.