Corporate Responsibility

Mindful production

What goes into our products is just as important as how it is made.

The Better Cotton Fast Track Program

Cotton is the biggest raw material we use which affects thousands of cotton farmers around the world. To help those cotton farmers, we are working towards ensuring that 100% of our cotton is more sustainable (i.e. it has a minimal impact on the environment and the people producing it get a better deal). We have joined the Better Cotton Fast Track Programme (http://bettercotton.org/) and this is part of our commitment to ensure that by 2020, 30% of the global cotton market is produced in a more sustainable way.

Cotton production has a negative impact on the environment and that’s why we have signed up to the Better Cotton Initiative. This results in:

Cotton worker in China

Animal welfare

Our commitment to animal welfare can be seen by the fact that we only ever source by-products of the food industry and we never source from endangered species. You will never see real animal fur in any F&F products and where fake fur is used, it will have been rigorously tested to make sure it is 100% fake. Where animal products such as feathers or cashmere have been used, we will know the farms where the feathers have come from.

For cashmere products, we will have visited the farm where we sourced the cashmere to ensure the animal welfare conditions are acceptable and that these are by-products of the meat industry.

We do not source angora and have introduced species testing on all our leather products with the aim of eliminating the chances of using leather from exotic species in F&F products. Leather is notoriously challenging to trace past the tannery but we are working with our suppliers to build that transparency.

Fabric

At F&F we are committed to knowing:

  • Where our fabrics are produced
  • Our garments are legal and safe from harmful chemicals

We achieve this by working with known affordable and trusted fabric suppliers who are committed to achieving our standards. Our preferred mills use preferred chemistry.

We aim to do business with fewer suppliers, so that our customer will benefit from improved consistency and quality. We regularly visit our fabric mills around the world to strengthen our relationships through training and workshops. Our mill day event takes place twice a year in the F&F head office.

We use this event to bring our supply chain closer together to discuss industry challenges and share insight. We also work with global testing agencies and leading chemical experts to ensure we can meet current and future requirements on chemicals and fabric production . These actions provide us with the confidence that our products will not only keep meeting customer expectations but will also remain legal, safe and affordable

Since 2010 we have banned sandblasting both in the production of our garments and at sites where our garments are made. We make strict checks on all product finishing processes to ensure we maintain this ban.

Sandblasting

Sandblasting is used on denim and other fabrics to create a fashionable worn or used look. The process involves firing sand, powder or other small particles at high speed on to the fabric and creates high levels of dust in the atmosphere. In some factories where sandblasting is inadequately controlled, it can cause fatal lung diseases for the workers carrying out the task.

Since 2010 we have banned sandblasting both in the production of our garments and at sites where our garments are made. We make strict checks on all product finishing processes to ensure we maintain this ban.

Cellulosic

Tesco is committed to achieving Zero Net Deforestation by 2020. As part of the roadmap to achieiving this, we are working with our clothing suppliers to increase transparency of the origin of man-made cellulosic fibres, and collaborating with industry initiatives to ensure that wood pulp for textile manufacturing is not sourced from sensitive or endangered woodland.

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