At Ted, we believe in being open and honest in the way we do business and operating in a fair and sustainable manner

Sustainability & the Environment

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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. During the period we began implementing our new sustainability strategy “Fashioning a Better Future”.

We approach our social, environmental and ethical commitments (SEE) with the same focus and attention to detail that permeates the rest of the business. To ensure that we continue to meet our responsibilities in these important areas Fashioning a Better Future focuses on Planet, People and Product. Our Global Sustainability Strategy has been developed and continues to be advanced and improved ensuring that every department is included.

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for overseeing the formulation of the Group’s policies and procedures to manage risks arising from SEE. In addition, the Board has tasked five members of the Executive Committee to oversee specific areas of our SEE agenda for the Group. These Executive Committee members participate because of the relevance of their departments to our ongoing commitment in these areas – Brand Communication, Product Design, Production, Commercial and Special Projects (Interior Design). Our full-time Ted’s Conscience team co-ordinates these areas and the Group’s cross-functional team which is responsible for addressing SEE concerns of the Group.

We believe in three very important areas of sustainability:

  1. PLANET: the Group is committed to managing and reducing its impact on the environment;
  2. PEOPLE: the Group is committed to looking after those who create, make and wear our product; and
  3. PRODUCT: the Group is committed to producing beautiful, more sustainable products.

PLANET

The Group has engaged in a number of environmental projects during the course of the period:

  • We continue to participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project to measure and disclose our greenhouse gas emissions and climate change strategies. We maintained our disclosure score of B.
  • We continue to develop our Climate Strategy to encompass our whole business. We will look at our own operations and our supply chain in a holistic manner to ensure we design an impactful programme. This will be rolled out to the whole business in 2019/20.
  • We are constantly reviewing the waste our business generates in an effort to achieve our overall aim of sending no waste to landfill. We participate in the Wastepack Compliance Scheme as part of the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997 and continue to reduce unnecessary packaging.
  • We work with local schools and charities to recycle as much waste from head office as we can.
  • We have been working with the charity Newlife to ensure that all faulty garments returned to our UK stores do not end up in landfill. Since March 2014 we have been sending these faulty garments to Newlife for resale as second-hand garments.
  • Through our relationships with Oxfam, Newlife and Age UK we have been able to ensure that our end of line garments are utilised in the best way, raising over £330,000 and diverting over 20 tonnes of waste from landfill in the last year.

PEOPLE

Our employees and the people who work in our supply chains are our greatest asset and it is very important to the Group that our products are produced in factories that are committed to providing a fair and safe environment for their workers. To enable this:

  • We work with Segura, an online platform that helps us to map our supply chain. We have brought on board all our factories and their subcontractors. It is helping us to reach beyond our direct suppliers and ensure we have more visibility of the supply chains that make Ted Baker products.
  • Ted Baker Ethical, Production and Buying teams regularly visit our suppliers to build and maintain relationships. These are key in ensuring open and honest communication.
  • All Ted Baker suppliers are governed by our Ethical Code of Conduct. We review and revise our Code of Conduct regularly to ensure that it reflects legislative changes and make sure that our suppliers continue to make improvements. The Code is based on international conventions such as the Ethical Trade Initiative Base Code, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Fundamental Conventions of the International Labour Organisation, and can be found here.
  • In December 2014, we started to collect donations of leftover restaurant food. Those proceeds are donated to Magic Breakfast, a charity that provides underprivileged school children in London with much needed breakfasts before school. During the period, we raised enough money to help provide 5,326 Magic Breakfasts.
  • We keep two Buckfast bee colonies on the roof of our London head office from which we had a hugely successful honey harvest for the ninth year running.

PRODUCT

As part of our commitment to product we place great emphasis on producing more sustainable products.

  • We are part of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), a DEFRA sponsored action plan organised to improve the sustainability of clothing throughout its lifecycle by bringing together industry, government and third parties. SCAP members collaborate to develop sector-wide targets along with the tools and guidance necessary to achieve them. As a SCAP 2020 signatory, we are challenged to reduce carbon, water and the amount of waste generated or consumed by our products by 15% by 2020.
  • We have introduced internal sustainable fibre targets to our collections to ensure that we are meeting our SCAP commitment and as part of SCAP, we participate in the Metrics group. This Group identifies the key industry metrics that businesses should measure and is working on a tool to measure baseline carbon, water and waste footprints. It also identifies improvement actions that businesses could take in this area.
  • We became a member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in 2016. The aim of the BCI is to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the cotton industry’s future. Through education and training the farmers learn more sustainable farming methods and pool their resources with the aim of reducing environmental impacts, using less water and harmful pesticides, and increasing yields. In 2017 we made a public commitment to source 50% of our cotton as “more sustainable cotton” by 2020. More sustainable cotton includes Better Cotton through BCI, Organic Cotton and Recycled Cotton. In our 2018 collections 30% (2017: 17%) of our cotton was sourced as Better Cotton, well on track to hit our target.

MODERN SLAVERY ACT 2015

The Group has issued its second statement in compliance with the Modern Slavery Act which is available at www.moviepaces.com. The statement sets out the Group’s policies for assessing the risk of modern slavery within its supply chain and the steps taken to improve transparency. The Group’s cross-functional committee, the Modern Slavery Act Working Group (MSAWG), was established to critically assess and address Ted’s modern slavery objectives. During the period, we have introduced a tailored training programme to understand the warning signs of modern slavery and also understand how our practices can directly impact suppliers and their workforces. We are also working with Segura to develop an online platform to enhance our existing supply chain management systems. MSAWG will continue to develop the Group’s policies in line with the evolving business and landscape, with a focus on supply chain management and compliance. You can find our full Modern Slavery statement here.

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