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Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts Limited, a British multi-channel men’s clothing retailer specialising in dress shirts, as well as ties, suits, casualwear, shoes and accessories, has achieved Planet Mark certification.
This is Charles Tyrwhitt’s first year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. It has calculated the carbon footprint of its UK Operations, worldwide freight and the Paris store operations for the year ending July 2020 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
Charles Tyrwhitt’s total carbon footprint in the year ending July 2020 was 2,509.2 tCO2e and the relative carbon footprint was 3.64 tCO2e per employee.
Charles Tyrwhitt also calculated its Social Value contribution for the year ending July 2020. The company’s contribution was s £1,240,427. It reported on 13 Social Value measures with the top three contributors being donations in clothes to various sources, the cost of wellbeing initiatives implemented for employees and apprenticeships offered throughout the reporting year.
“I am pleased to welcome Charles Tyrwhitt to the community at Planet Mark. The company has rightly recognised the need for an ethical and sustainable approach to business, and I applaud them for their commitments to change. From its Sustainably Smart product range to its wide-reaching emissions reporting, I’m encouraged to see the company is taking an all-encompassing view of sustainability that will lead to positive change across the business. I’m proud to work with the brand and look forward to helping reduce the company’s carbon emissions.”
“At Charles Tyrwhitt we believe that there is a right way to do business and we are constantly challenging ourselves on what we can do better. I’m incredibly proud of the progress we have made on our social and environmental efforts to date and today marks another important step in our social responsibility programme as we look at what more we can do to protect the planet for future generations.”
Charles added, “We’ve partnered with Planet Mark to help us truly understand the impact we’re having and to help us deliver on our commitments to reduce our carbon emissions. We are focused on measuring all parts of our business operation and identifying where we can reduce our carbon emissions and improve our social value”
The clothing industry is a major emitter of carbon and waste and must begin to act on climate change. The industry is under growing pressure from consumers and regulators alike to act in a sustainable manner, for reasons as varied as workforce satisfaction to plastic pollution and carbon emissions. The market for sustainable clothing is also rapidly growing, representing a significant opportunity for clothing brands to develop economically with a reduced environmental impact.
As part of the Planet Mark certification, Charles Tyrwhitt has committed to making a year-on-year reduction.