MAKING FASHION A FORCE FOR GOOD

Planet

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for the planet. That thing about us only having one? It’s true! We love fashion and we want to make sure we are part of the solution. From climate change to sustainable materials and recycling, we’re on a journey to address the impact our business has on the environment.

Commitment 5 : Materials

Enhancing quality through sustainability


We are committed to improving the sustainable credentials of our clothing and accessories - our goal is to make at least 50% of our garments using sustainable materials by 2023. This means building on innovative designs, supporting responsible production practices and improving new and current products to reduce waste. This is a huge area for us that continues to grow.


Our Successes

  • 20% of our products currently sustainably attributed.
  • 100% of Jeans from Responsibly Sourced Cotton.
  • Banned the use of fur, mohair & angora.

Our Targets

  • At least 50% of our garments sustainably attributed by 2023.
  • 100% Sustainable cotton by end 2023.

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Commitment 6 : Chemicals

Eliminating the baddies


We are committed to removing all hazardous chemicals from our products and meet the highest industry standard. This means ensuring that our products (including fabrics, dyes, prints, components and trims etc) are manufactured in safe working conditions and that workers are not exposed to any chemicals that are classified as hazardous or harmful, or detrimental to the environment.


Our Successes

  • Introduced a Restricted Substance list (RSL) to all suppliers in 2020.
  • Annual training provided to suppliers to ensure that standards are maintained.

Our Targets

  • Adoption of an MRSL by Top 50 suppliers by 2023.
  • 100% of our Products are accompanied by RSL compliance certification by 2022.
  • 100% of Suppliers to respond the Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM) by 2023.

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Commitment 7 : Water

Building our stewardship


Water is one of the key natural resources impacted by the fashion industry and it’s a basic human right that everyone should have access to it. We are helping to reduce water consumption at the farm level through our work with BCI farmers and we are harvesting rainwater at our Distribution Centre. But our water programme is still in its infancy with a lot more to do - we aim to have our water stewardship programme in place by 2025.


Our Targets

  • Reduce water use in our products’ manufacturing process by 50% by 2030
  • Integrate a water stewardship and conservation programme by 2023.

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Commitment 8 : Waste
& Recycling

Saying goodbye to landfill


Waste is such a waste! Our current focus is on eliminating the waste we produce directly through our owned operation. Our DC is already zero waste to landfill - when it comes to product waste, any items we don’t sell are either broken down for recycling or sold through charities. Our next big focus is to look at waste in our supply chain.


Our Successes

  • Over 450,000 garments reused or recycled through Newlife partnership in 2020 saving over 1200 tonnes of CO2.
  • Zero Waste to Landfill at our DC - 1223 tonnes of cardboard and 20 tonnes of plastic saved in 2020.
  • All of our carrier bags & ecom shipping bags are made from recyclable materials and are recyclable.
  • All care labels now produced using recycled plastic and all core swing tickets now produced using FSC board.
  • All RFID labels now produced using RPET plastic, meaning they can now be recycled.
  • All adult garments hangers produced in a closed loop system using recycled plastic.
  • Switched to compostable Gift Cards from plastic cards, saving 3750kgs of PVC plastic and 15,000 kgs of CO2.

Our Targets

  • Zero waste to landfill from all UK operations by 2023.
  • Zero waste to landfill from our products’ manufacturing process by 2025.
  • Eliminating all single use plastics from our UK operations by 2022.
  • Introduce products’ end-of-life solution for customers by 2022.

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Commitment 9 : Climate Change

Net Zero here we come


The signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015 saw an international commitment to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared with pre-industrialised levels. Aligned to the same goals as the Paris Agreement, River Island has committed to the British Retail Consortium’s Climate Roadmap to net-zero emissions by 2040, along with many of our friends on the high street.


Our Successes

  • 100% Green Energy in UK operations.
  • 10% of UK operations energy generated by our own solar panels at DC and HO.
  • LEDs throughout most of the store estate.

Our Targets

  • Map our CO2 emissions and develop Science Based Targets (SBT) to help reduce our footprint by 2023.
  • Net-Zero carbon Emissions by end 2040.

Our Partners

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MAKING FASHION A FORCE FOR GOOD

Planet


Do good...

for the planet. That thing about us only having one? It’s true! We love fashion and we want to make sure we are part of the solution. From climate change to sustainable materials and recycling, we’re on a journey to address the impact our business has on the environment.

Commitment 5 : Materials

Enhancing quality through sustainability


We are committed to improving the sustainable credentials of our clothing and accessories - our goal is to make at least 50% of our garments using sustainable materials by 2023. This means building on innovative designs, supporting responsible production practices and improving new and current products to reduce waste. This is a huge area for us that continues to grow.


Our Successes

  • 20% of our products currently sustainably attributed.
  • 100% of Jeans from Responsibly Sourced Cotton.
  • Banned the use of fur, mohair & angora.

Our Targets

  • At least 50% of our garments sustainably attributed by 2023.
  • 100% Sustainable cotton by end 2023.

Our Partners


View our...

Read Less

Commitment 6 : Chemicals

Eliminating the baddies


We are committed to removing all hazardous chemicals from our products and meet the highest industry standard. This means ensuring that our products (including fabrics, dyes, prints, components and trims etc) are manufactured in safe working conditions and that workers are not exposed to any chemicals that are classified as hazardous or harmful, or detrimental to the environment.


Our Successes

  • Introduced a Restricted Substance list (RSL) to all suppliers in 2020.
  • Annual training provided to suppliers to ensure that standards are maintained.

Our Targets

  • Adoption of an MRSL by Top 50 suppliers by 2023.
  • 100% of our Products are accompanied by RSL compliance certification by 2022.
  • 100% of Suppliers to respond the Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM) by 2023.

View Our..

Read Less

Commitment 7 : Water

Building our stewardship


Water is one of the key natural resources impacted by the fashion industry and it’s a basic human right that everyone should have access to it. We are helping to reduce water consumption at the farm level through our work with BCI farmers and we are harvesting rainwater at our Distribution Centre. But our water programme is still in its infancy with a lot more to do - we aim to have our water stewardship programme in place by 2025.


Our Targets

  • Reduce water use in our products’ manufacturing process by 50% by 2030
  • Integrate a water stewardship and conservation programme by 2023.

Read Less

Commitment 8 : Waste
& Recycling

Saying goodbye to landfill


Waste is such a waste! Our current focus is on eliminating the waste we produce directly through our owned operation. Our DC is already zero waste to landfill - when it comes to product waste, any items we don’t sell are either broken down for recycling or sold through charities. Our next big focus is to look at waste in our supply chain.


Our Successes

  • Over 450,000 garments reused or recycled through Newlife partnership in 2020 saving over 1200 tonnes of CO2.
  • Zero Waste to Landfill at our DC - 1223 tonnes of cardboard and 20 tonnes of plastic saved in 2020.
  • All of our carrier bags & ecom shipping bags are made from recyclable materials and are recyclable.
  • All care labels now produced using recycled plastic and all core swing tickets now produced using FSC board.
  • All RFID labels now produced using RPET plastic, meaning they can now be recycled.
  • All adult garments hangers produced in a closed loop system using recycled plastic.
  • Switched to compostable Gift Cards from plastic cards, saving 3750kgs of PVC plastic and 15,000 kgs of CO2.

Our Targets

  • Zero waste to landfill from all UK operations by 2023.
  • Zero waste to landfill from our products’ manufacturing process by 2025.
  • Eliminating all single use plastics from our UK operations by 2022.
  • Introduce products’ end-of-life solution for customers by 2022.

Our Partners

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Commitment 9 : Climate Change

Net Zero here we come


The signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015 saw an international commitment to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared with pre-industrialised levels. Aligned to the same goals as the Paris Agreement, River Island has committed to the British Retail Consortium’s Climate Roadmap to net-zero emissions by 2040, along with many of our friends on the high street.


Our Successes

  • 100% Green Energy in UK operations.
  • 10% of UK operations energy generated by our own solar panels at DC and HO.
  • LEDs throughout most of the store estate.

Our Targets

  • Map our CO2 emissions and develop Science Based Targets (SBT) to help reduce our footprint by 2023.
  • Net-Zero carbon Emissions by end 2040.

Our Partners

Read Less