House of Baukjen continues to works with key global organisations to lead towards a better world. These include The Fashion Pact, UN Fashion Charter, Global Environment Facility, Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Science-Based Targets for Nature. We are honoured to be the first fashion brand to be associated with Terra Carta, an initiative launched by HRH The Prince of Wales to encourage the world’s CEOs to commit to speed up net-zero commitments ahead of the Paris Agreement. We are also very proud to be a Certified B Corp, with the accolade of the highest scoring fashion B Corp in the UK and the second highest in Europe, with a rating of ‘outstanding’.
For our impact report we have adopted the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework which consist of 17 goals which form a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
The foundation of this framework consists of four Biosphere Goals as a pre-condition for eight Social Justice Goals, four Economic Development Goals together underpinning the ultimate Sustainable Development Goal. This contrasts the usual ‘economy first’ approach to sustainable development and is in line with the fact that we are a B Corp, achieving the highest performance in social and environmental KPIs.
We understand the importance of these goals, so we have and are focused in specific on all biosphere goals (6, 13, 14, and 15), and several other key goals across society (5, and 7), and the economy (8, 10, and 12). Please click here to find out more about SDGs.
We are excited to continue to share our journey to a better world and be as transparent with you as possible.
Clean Water and SanitationEnsure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Climate ActionTake urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Life Below WaterConserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
Life on LandProtect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
SOCIAL JUSTICE GOALS
Gender EqualityAchieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Affordable and Clean EnergyEnsure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
No PovertyEnd poverty in all forms everywhere.
This is a powerful commitment to leave no one behind and to reach those farthest behind first. We are active in the anti-slavery movement, we only source raw materials from certified sources with no modern slavery, our factories have signed our rigorous code of conduct going even beyond REACH legislation, and we are a living wages company.
Zero HungerEnd hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
We donate more than 10% of our profits to charities including ones that address hunger.
Good Health and Well-BeingEnsure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we donated over 30,000 re-useable face masks to those who needed them the most. We find mental health very important and support charities with donations. We also care very much about the mental health of our staff and have a daily zoom call to see each other’s faces, smile and touch base. We will never force our team to go to the office in dangerous times.
Quality EducationEnsure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Although we do not directly impact this SDG, we always search for ways to help, for example by donating computers to underserved communities that need them the most and donating materials to local schools.
Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesMake cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
This has not been a core focus for us. However, we ensure our employees are as safe as possible, not travelling to work unless essential during the pandemic.
Peace, Justice and Strong InstitutionsPromote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
We do not directly impact this SDG within our business operations. We understand the importance of this SDG, and it is in our DNA to be as inclusive, peaceful, and planet positive as possible.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Decent Work and Economic GrowthPromote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Reduced InequalitiesReduce inequality within and among countries.
Responsible Consumption and ProductionEnsure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Canopy is a not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting forests, species, and climate. Canopy has collaborated with more than 750 companies to develop innovative solutions, make their supply chains more sustainable and help protect our world’s remaining Ancient and Endangered Forests. www.canopyplanet.org
Read more about our Canopy pledge here
Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureBuild resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
We do not directly impact this SDG, but we understand its importance. We are incorporating blockchain and AI technology into our supply chain and are working on innovative solutions with Supply Compass and Freedom Row to strengthen digital infrastructure.
We are developing bespoke sustainable fabrics and supporting pioneering recycled fabric innovations.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPERMENT GOALS
Partnerships For The GoalStrengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
We strongly understand the importance of this SDG, and we encourage and welcome everyone and other businesses to be more ethical and sustainable, join forces with institutes that promote a better planet, and in general to follow the inspiring guidelines the Sustainable Development goals offer.
At House of Baukjen we are constantly campaigning for change and striving for hope by disrupting the fast fashion model. We realise that we need to lead by example and encourage others, which is why we pride ourselves in transparency; across our fabrics, supply chain and our circular model including our re-commerce initiatives; Pre-Loved, rental, subscription, and care and repair. We are also proud to be a certified B Corp, an accreditation you can’t manipulate, there’s no greenwashing involved. You need to earn it. What matters is the journey towards a better world. For the sake of the planet and the people, we urge other businesses to join us.
We are proud of our journey so far, but we are not perfect and there is much more to be done. We are campaigning for change and encourage everyone to join our movement.
We would like to be fully transparent with you. Please find our official environmental targets, including our official Science-Based Targets. We have already achieved many of these, and are proud to be leaders with our target achievements.
• We will reduce our GHG emissions by 20% by 2025 in line with the 1.5°C agreement. SDG 13 - Climate Action
• We will reduce our water consumption by 20% by 2025. SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
• We will reduce our net waste product by 30% by 2025. SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
• We will pledge to use 20% less environmentally damaging chemicals in our supply chain by 2025. SDG 14 + 15 - Life Below Water + Life On Land
• We commit to implement 50% renewable energy across own operations by 2025 and 100% by 2030. Additionally we will incentivise implementation of renewables in all high impact manufacturing processes along the entire supply chain. SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
• We support climate adaptation and resilience through sustainable sourcing of key raw materials. Therefore, we commit that 100% of our key raw materials are low climate impact (e.g Organic, regenerative, sustainable etc.) by 2025. SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
• We commit to zero deforestation and the protection and sustainable management of natural forests by 2025. SDG 15 - Life on Land
Click here to view the 2020 Q4 Impact Report