Desigual joins SEDEX and strengthens its social commitment to the supply chain
- With this alliance, the company is taking a step forward with its objective to guarantee traceability and transparency in relation to its suppliers, through the promotion of best practices for human rights, workplace safety and working conditions, among other factors.
- The auditing system and the collaboration and dialogue actions with the supply chain are therefore being strengthened to reduce environmental and social impact, with new production and consumption models being followed.
Barcelona, November 2020. Desigual has taken a step forward with its commitment to the providers in its supply chain by joining Sedex, an international organisation that drives improvements in business practices related to responsibility and ethics within global supply chains. Through this membership, Desigual is strengthening one of the pillars of its operations, which was outlined in its 2020–2023 Sustainability and CSR Plan, the promotion of a supply chain that is more transparent, sustainable and respectful towards social and employment rights.
Sedex provides tools, services and a community network that help companies to implement more responsible and sustainable commercial practices. This platform allows companies and suppliers to work together to better manage their social and environmental performance and protect the rights of the individuals who work in the supply chain, by promoting audits focused on ethical trading, among other practices.
“The health, social and economic impact of the pandemic we are currently experiencing highlights the importance of creating shared value and accomplishing common goals that are beneficial for all in terms of sustainability, safety and wellbeing,” explained Delmuns. Maintaining a close relationship and collaborating on an ongoing basis with the supply chain to improve its agility are part of Desigual’s strategy of committing to new production and consumption models that will help to reduce the environmental and social impact of the fashion industry.
Alongside the actions aimed at improving the transparency of its value chain, Desigual’s goals include producing their collections with 50% sustainable fibres by 2023, and exclusively sourcing 100% more-sustainable cotton by 2025. The reduction of our carbon footprint and phasing out plastic packaging in 2021 are also desired goals.
Desigual is also part of other international platforms such as Amfori, the business association that supports open and sustainable trade. Amongst its principal actions is the development and implementation of the BSCI standard for improving the social performance of supply chains in areas such as fair compensation of employees.
In line with its commitment to sustainable and ethical manufacturing, Desigual is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) – one of the textile industry’s main alliances for sustainable production – and the Textile Exchange – the sector-specific organisation that helps its members to introduce sustainability into their products and work with sustainable fibres. This year, Desigual also joined the Better Cotton Initiative, a worldwide platform that promotes standards and practices for cultivating sustainable cotton.
Love the World
“Love the World” is the philosophy that encompasses the initiatives conducted by Desigual in line with its social and environmental mission. A declaration of intent (supported by tangible actions) that serves as a framework for the company to set long-term goals for itself as part of its commitment to a fashion production model that is sustainable and respectful to both people and the environment.
Desigual’s 2020–2023 Sustainability and CSR Plan lays out the various projects and initiatives related to product, suppliers, the environment, employees, clients and community for the next three years.
Desigual is an international fashion brand that was established in Barcelona in 1984. It is famous for the individuality and unique character of its creations, which aim to bring positivity and authenticity to thousands of people who want to express the best version of themselves.
The company currently has a workforce of around 3,300 employees and is present in 89 countries through 10 sales channels, 438 branded stores and six product categories: Woman, Man, Kids, Accessories, Shoes and Sport.