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Esprit turns its focus on boosting eco-sourcing

Esprit has raised the bar of its sustainability commitments and contributing to a more circular fashion ecosystem. The retailer will uphold ethical and sustainable measures in its business operations and supply chain. Esprit operates 666 stores and 20 e-commerce shops worldwide.

For materials and products, Esprit is working on increasing its share of organic cotton and developing more eco-conscious products. Esprit wants to boost its sustainable sourcing and animal welfare initiatives.

Even though Esprit is already sourcing 10 per cent sustainable cotton for its apparels, the company wants to derive 50 per cent of its cotton from more sustainable sources by 2021. Esprit is a fur-free company and will also continue to ensure 100 per cent of its feathers are sourced from companies that comply with the Responsible Down Standard. More recycled materials will be used in Esprit’s apparel production process.

The company verifies the social performance of all of its suppliers annually, and evaluates suppliers’ sustainability efforts with a transparent supplier scorecard system. This evaluates suppliers for their overall performance, looking at things like social standards, environmental standards and transparency. Esprit’s scorecard system weighs on the aforementioned factors and more traditional metrics, like on-time delivery, quality and price.