John Horsfall is committed to sustainable, environmentally conscious business and manufacturing practices as part of our wider corporate social responsibilities. This means that we will aim to continually improve sustainability across all areas of our business, both in terms of the products we produce & supply, but also in our own procurement choices. We commit to:
- Improve sustainability throughout our business supply chain, in relation to the products we produce and supply.
- Increase our use of products and services which have a lesser impact on the natural environment; either in their production, use or disposal (energy supply, business transport, office consumables etc.)
- Actively increase the number of sustainable fabrics & products we offer to our clients. I.e., those which have a lesser impact on the natural environment; either in their production, use or disposal.
- Encourage clients to take a broad and holistic approach to sustainability and help clients increase their understanding by sharing our knowledge of sustainable textiles.
- Give our clients the knowledge and support to promote their sustainable choices as and when they are made. For example, using our Re-Thread and Bio-Fibre branding.
- Encourage clients to use sea freight rather than air.
- Work towards carbon offset options in partnership with our logistics providers.
- Regularly review product packaging specifications with a view to reducing cartons sizes and ensuring optimum pallet/container filling efficiencies, decreasing fossil fuel consumption.
- Use less plastic packaging. Where packaging is needed, we will encourage clients to use rotable, recycled, compostable or recyclable materials.
- Refuse, reuse, recycle or reclaim waste generated by products or services which we procure.
- Continue making environmental impact and life-cycle analyses an important step in our product development process.
- Monitor sustainable procurement of our office/warehouse consumables as part of our ‘Improving Sustainability’ KPI.
- Invest in R&D which develops environmentally sustainable fabrics, products and manufacturing methods.
- Advise our airline partners on recycling, reusing or repurposing end-of-life textiles.
- Partner with factories who are accredited, for commitment to sustainable manufacturing and environmentally sound practices. Eg. SEDEX 4 Pillar, ISO 14001, Oeko-tex STEP, Higg Index etc.
- Recognise the risks which socio-political and environmental issues pose to our global supply chain and our wider business; and seek to mitigate against those risks with considered, sustainable business practices, manufacturing processes & logistics partnerships.
- Document our progress in the shape of a formal business KPI, as part of our ISO9001 programme of Quality Management.
Last updated: 22 April 2021