We recognise that how and where we play sport is under threat from climate change, and that our actions and the decisions about the things we buy, and the actions we take, have a much broader impact beyond just the here and now.
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As a business we have committed to following the guidance of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. These are a comprehensive, but by no means exhaustive, list of 17 areas for which the world should achieve to ensure that everybody can live in ‘peace and prosperity’.
The ambition is for us all to reach them all by 2030 - and with less than a decade to go, we all have a very long way to go.
Evaluating products and services against these goals help us to recognise which companies we choose the partner with.
We have created a checklist which we apply to all the brands which we partner with to assess their sustainability credentials. Some brands will have focused on one area more than another - however this assessment allows us to ensure that all our partners are pushing in the same direction.
You can filter by these values to allow you to more easily find the companies and organisations which most closely match your own values and priorities.
For analysing fabrics, our methodology is based around the Textile Exchange's 2020 Preferred Fibre and Materials Report. We've shortlisted the materials and manufacturing processes which have the smallest impact and aim to ensure that all our companies are utilising the materials highlighted in this report.
Many of the brands we work with are small and have limited access into their supply chain. Our first step to understanding the chemical impact of our products is to work with our partners to ensure that they have a clear list of the chemical's used in their manufacturing processes.
This will then allow us to create a Restricted Sustances List or support them in minimising the environmental impact of the chemicals they use.
Carbon dioxide is one of the main gasses which is released in a lot of industrial and energy intensive processes. Its release and build up in the atmosphere is directly connected to climate change.
Net Zero is the aspiration for businesses to ensure that there is a balance between the carbon emissions produced, and emissions taken out of the atmosphere. It’s in line with being ‘carbon neutral’ or having ‘no negative impact’ on the environment.
We don’t intend to be neutral on a lot of things, but we recognise that we have a role in helping to remove carbon emissions from the atmosphere. We will work with our partners to help them to better understand the carbon footprint of their products and work them to minimise or offset their impact.
We're good - but we are not perfect. We have committed to creating a sustainability steering group consisting of experts from across the world's of sport and sustainability to ensure that our approach is consistent, rigorous and impactful. We're not here to talk shop - we're here to put words in to action.
Each year we will publish a sustainability report detailing our achievements against these objectives.