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CAPABILITIES

 

Social Responsibility

Human input is required along every step of the supply chain, from fiber production to manufacturing. Understanding specifically who makes your product and the conditions under which they are made is an essential part of any credible sustainability program.

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Environmental Impact

Environmental sustainability can be a nebulous goal. The point of entry is often basic chemical compliance and substitution of environmentally preferred fibers and materials.  Going beyond basics, however, is the true beginning of environmental sustainability.

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Internal Brand & Culture

Integrated Sustainability necessitates cross-functional and holistic implementation of sustainability performance indicators. This starts within a company’s own corporate and retail locations and with the effective management of its own employees. 


 
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Social Responsibility

Human input is required along every step of the supply chain, from fiber production to manufacturing. Understanding specifically who makes your product and the conditions under which they are made is an essential part of any credible sustainability program. However, identifying risks, understanding core challenges and improving conditions on the ground can be extremely complicated and nuanced. Fortunately, the past 25 years have provided many lessons from which to draw. Most importantly, a cookie cutter, audit-centric approach has fallen flat. Programs that drive continuous improvement need to be thoughtful – taking into account unique business, industry and country variables. Challenges related to sourcing niche product in New York are extremely different from buying mass-market quantities from Bangladesh or China.
 
Leveraging Futuremade's vast experience, both emerging and established brands gain an opportunity to leapfrog many challenges and avoid cost and implementation missteps. As a thought partner, Futuremade can assist in building tailored programs from scratch or making tactical modifications that enhance efficiencies and impact. Our knowledge and experience stretches across the following areas:

  • Codes of Conduct & Labor Standards Development
  • Program Benchmarking
  • SAC Social & Labor Convergence Integration
  • Member Support (SAC, FLA, ETI, BSCI, SA8000, WRAP, ICTI, Fairtrade)
  • Assessment Program Strategies & Development
  • Remediation Strategies
  • Vendor Onboarding & Training
  • Vendor Capacity Building & Ownership
  • IT Systems Implementation
  • Data Analysis and Trending
  • Transparency and Integrity Improvement Initiatives
  • Tier 2 Mapping and Engagement Strategies
  • Peer Company Collaboration
  • Retained support

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    Environmental Impact

    Environmental sustainability can be a nebulous goal. The point of entry is often basic chemical compliance and substitution of environmentally preferred fibers and materials.  Ensuring this across the wide diversity of products and supply networks is a major challenge.  

    Going beyond basic compliance is the true beginning of environmental sustainability.  Apparel companies must consider the impact of their products, network of suppliers and owned operations. Whereas basic compliance is driven by regulations and risk management, an environmental sustainability program is guided by brand values, consumer expectations and the complete product lifecycle.  These factors help to define environmental sustainability goals and build programs to manage resource efficiency from the product creation process through manufacturing and a product's end of life.  This evolution often begins with elimination of hazardous substances and process to optimization of best available technologies that promote green chemistry, efficient manufacturing processes and end of life solutions.   

    Futuremade takes a strategic approach to translating brand values into actionable goals, collaborating with the supply network to prioritize and activate impactful programs and building these values into your team’s product creation process and end products. Moving beyond chemical compliance towards environmental sustainability requires prioritizing your resources to make the greatest impacts. Futuremade’s depth of experience can support you across the following areas:

    • Restricted Substance Programs
    • Responsible Chemistry & Dyes
    • Preferred Fibers & Materials 
    • Materials Traceability & Chain of Custody
    • Circular Design
    • Technical Design Management
    • Sustainable Packaging
    • Product Use & Care
    • Product End of Life
    • Transparency & Mapping Initiatives
    • IT Systems Implementation
    • Data Capture & Analysis
    • Quality Assurance
    • Environmental Health & Safety Programs
    • Climate Change Directives
    • Environmental Profit & Loss

    Internal Brand & Culture

    We believe that Integrated Sustainability necessitates cross-functional and holistic implementation of social and environmental performance indicators. This starts within a company’s own corporate offices and retail locations and, perhaps more importantly, with the effective management of its own employees. 

    In recent years, we have seen an uptick in news and media linking workplace satisfaction and productivity with a sense of purpose both in an individual’s role and the company’s overall philosophy and mission statement. The triple bottom line of people, planet, profit allows for and requires the implementation of corporate sustainability and employee engagement programs, which includes such divergent concepts as departmental alignment for operational efficiency, corporate responsibility programs (recycling, procurement, human resources) purpose-driven campaigns at the retail level and/or customer education on care instructions and end-of-life usage. Using available assessment tools, Futuremade assists in benchmarking such efforts within the industry at large, setting up strategy that is in line with the existing brand voice and set up plans of action for implementation. 

    • Sustainable Development Goals
    • B Corp Certification
    • SAC Higg Index
    • Stakeholder Alignment
    • Internal Trainings
    • Purpose Initiatives
    • Charitable Partnerships
    • Corporate Responsibility Reporting
    • Global Reporting Initiative
    • Legal & Compliance Reporting
    • Responsible Product Communications
    • Sustainable Website Content