Sustainability Report Q4 2021
Joined the Fair Labor Association
We joined the Fair Labor Association (FLA) in 2021 as an Affiliate Participating Company to improve working conditions throughout our supply chain. We’re committed to expanding programs to support workers and protect their rights with the support and collaboration of the FLA and its members.
Moving target for living wage
The US living wage increased approximately 20% in 2021 due to updated methodologies and data sources. So we went from 100% to 59%1 compliant with the current living wage standard for our employees. We believe all workers should have the ability to meet their basic needs and maintain self-sufficiency. We processed significant wage increases in 2021 and will continue this work in 2022 and beyond. It won’t happen overnight, but we’re committed to pursuing fair wages for all Reformation team members.
Education for action
We believe that positive change happens through communication, collaboration, and education. So we’re building a new and engaging sustainability platform that educates our employees, customers, and partners and connects them to real solutions and ways we can all take action.
In 2021, we launched a new culture survey using the Culture Amp platform. We will continue to use the feedback we get from our team to improve our programs, practices, and workplace culture so everyone feels included, valued, and heard and track our progress over time.
Just like other parts of sustainability, DEI efforts need to go beyond the work of just one team and be genuinely integrated into who we are and what we do every day. We still have a lot to learn, but we’ve continued this work in a few key ways in 2021:
- Focused on sourcing diverse talent across the industry
- Sponsored scholarships and provided an executive mentor for Creatives Want Change (CWC)
- Continued our work with Black In Fashion Council (BIFC) and participated in an accountability survey in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation
- Launched an Executive DEI Committee
- Our employee-led Culture Committee and DEI subcommittee focused on making time and space to recognize and celebrate diversity within the company
- Offered DEI focused trainings company-wide, and made tailored and mandatory sessions for our marketing teams, managers, Leadership, and our Board
Invested in innovative materials
We want to leave the Earth better than we found it, so we launched two regenerative fiber collections in 2021. Regenerative fibers can help reverse climate change by absorbing more carbon than they release, therefore reducing carbon emissions in the atmosphere. Our FibreTrace™ denim collection featured Good Earth Cotton from the first climate positive farm in Australia and embedded traceability technology. We also worked with NATIVA™️ to source 100% traceable wool that's produced using regenerative practices.
For footwear, we launched shoes with Cereal Leather, our 100% vegan leather alternative, which contains just 25% virgin plastic–the lowest amount in any material out there.
We didn’t hit our clean chemistry goal
In 2021, our goal was to have 75% of our fabrics dyed and printed in facilities that hold third-party clean chemistry certifications like Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and bluesign®.2 We fell short by about 30%. Some of this was due to continued COVID-19 impacts on our sourcing last year, but regardless, we need to do better.
Improve resource efficiency
This year showed us that partnering with our suppliers is key to reducing our environmental impact by improving energy, water, and chemical efficiency and pushing for zero hazardous chemical use in their facilities. To help support our goal, we joined as a bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER and are committed to meeting the highest criteria in regards to resource efficiency, environmental impact, and worker and customer health and safety.
The materials we use are a major driver of the total impact of our products. We have our own Ref Fiber Standards that are as holistic as possible, taking into consideration water input, energy input, land use, eco-toxicity, greenhouse gas emissions, human toxicity, availability, and price. We also look at garment care implications, like microfiber shedding. Our goal was to have 95% of fabric sourcing for apparel meet A/B for Ref’s Fiber Standards by 2022.
95% of our fabrics meet our A/B rating4
2021 Carbon Footprint
We calculate our total carbon footprint annually to keep us accountable and measure our progress towards our Climate Positive goals. Our footprint measures the total emissions associated with our onsite operations and our entire supply chain. Taking an inventory helps us better understand our impacts and where we can make the most meaningful change.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals