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& Human Rights Partners
We count on these environmental partners as we strive to effect change.
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American Sustainable Business Council
Through education and advocacy, the American Sustainable Business Council seeks to
influence the creation of public policy that acknowledges the large and growing universe of
sustainable and socially responsible businesses and social enterprises.
BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy)
BICEP's goal is to work directly with key allies in the business community and with relevant
members of Congress to pass meaningful energy and climate change legislation that is
consistent with our core principles.
bluesign ® technologies ag
Since becoming a bluesign ® member in 2009, we have counted on this innovative
Swiss company to guide us in further understanding the environmental effects of our
manufacturing process, taking into account raw materials, chemicals and dyes, air and
water quality and energy use. Our membership provides us staff experts to guide our work
and help our suppliers learn new technologies that reduce ecological and human impacts.
Brown and Wilmanns Environmental, L.L.C.
Which is better: organic cotton or rayon? The answer depends on a number of factors,
including the carbon footprint (travel between field, factory, dyehouse and our distribution
center), water usage, chemical usage and science that we are just beginning to understand.
In order to compare and understand a material's ecological footprint we've partnered with
Brown and Wilmanns Environmental. We're learning each fabric may have a different
environmental impact and it's helping us focus on how to solve the problem.
Through NativeEnergy's carbon offset program, businesses and individuals can help finance
the construction of wind, biogas, solar and other carbon-reducing projects that have strong
social and environmental credentials. EILEEN FISHER has been offsetting a portion of our
shipping emissions as well as buying Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) through
The Textile Exchange is a nonprofit, membership-based organization that facilitates sharing
best practices across the entire value chain from farmers and raw material providers to
spinners, knitters and brands. Learning about yield reductions, rotating crops or shifting
weather patterns seems far removed from the fashion industry, but understanding a
farmer's perspective as part of the global textile industry builds the relationships needed to
create a healthier supply chain.
Leather Working Group
In 2013 we joined the Leather Working Group (LWG), an association of brands, suppliers
and audited tanners that promotes sustainable practices within the leather industry. The
group created an audit protocol used to assess the environmental performance of tanners
and provide guidelines for continual improvement in key risk areas, including chemical and
waste management, energy use, air emissions and water treatment. Responsible tanneries
receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze rating.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition has developed the innovative Higg Index to
standardize the measurement of the environmental and social impacts of apparel and
footwear products across their lifecycle and throughout the value chain. We joined
the coalition in 2014 to support this important work.