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Collaboration is a fundamental activity in the transition to a more sustainable industry. Many highly respected organizations exist to provide support and resources for companies like ours to become more responsible. We learn a lot with the support of these organizations and aim to strengthen these relations moving forwards.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is a global, multi-stakeholder non-profit alliance for the fashion industry.
It consists of over 250 leading apparel, footwear and textile brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, non-profits, NGOs, and academic institutions working to reduce environmental impact and promote social justice throughout the global value chain. The SAC develops the Higg Index, a suite of tools that standardizes value chain sustainability measurements for all industry participants.
We use The Higg Index, developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, to measure our impact as an organization.
The Higg Index is a suite of tools designed to help organizations measure and evaluate the social and environmental impact of their supply chain and activities. The Higg Modules provides us with impact data such as global warming, eutrophication, water scarcity, abiotic resource depletion, fossil fuels, and chemistry. This information can help us make positive changes to the way we design and produce our products and operate our business. The tool is also used to share data and knowledge between brands while working towards an industry-standard technique for communicating transparency with customers.
We are working with the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) to set meaningful and impactful CO2 reduction targets aligned with scientific research and data.
The SBTi defines and promotes best practices in science-based target setting. Offering a range of target-setting resources and guidance, the SBTi independently assesses and approves companies’ targets in line with its strict criteria. Their data-driven approach helps us to quantify our emissions and our decisions.
We are required to complete a recent, comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions inventory following the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard and Scope 2 Guidance. We are also required to describe the activities generating Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. After approval, we must annually report our company-wide Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions inventory and progress against published targets to the public.
We are in the process of validating with the SBTi.
Grøn Cirkulær Omstilling (GCO), or “Green Circular Transition,” is a nationwide program to accelerate Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) towards a circular economy conversion. The project is funded by the EU and consists of workshops, collaborations, and tools to identify hotspots, measure impacts, and plan a conceptual circular business model.
We took part in this initiative from November 2020 to July 2021, developing innovative approaches to circularity.
Shift Cycling Culture aims to unite the collective force of our cycling culture to mobilize positive climate action.
Shift recently launched the Climate Commitment - an urgent appeal to acknowledge the industries' responsibility in collectively reaching the UN Paris Agreement targets on Climate Change. This commitment is dedicated purely to the cycling industry and complements our strategy and commitments. The Shift Commitments are:
1 - Report: to disclose our company’s carbon impacts by measuring our Scope 1 and Scope 2 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, under the GHG Protocol, by 2023 (latest) and continue to do so on an annual basis; and
2 - Reduce: to disclose our plans to reduce our GHG emissions by at least 55% by 2030 (against a baseline of no earlier than 2015).
We proudly support this project and the signatories of these commitments.
We are committed to reviewing and improving how we operate as an organization. The diverse range of research methods and strategies forms the basis of our impact and vision work.
We followed a journey of discovery to understand our impact and then created a five-step plan for achieving specific targets for the future:
Discover - Explore and define stakeholders and impacts created by the organization, including supply chain research, identifying all company activities, and learning about the culture of the Pas Normal Studios world.
Record - Document and map stakeholders and impacts, including measuring social and economic impacts through supply chain transparency and policies. The recording step also involves identifying qualitative impacts, such as emissions, energy use, and other resource usages. This step is performed using designated tools such as the Higg Index, LCA software, and other mapping tools.
Analyze - Identify hotspots and high-impact areas of the organization. This process involves understanding what we do well and what can be improved. The stage is a multi-stakeholder activity involving several departments to educate and inform about the status quo.
Set Goals - This step requires ambition and information from the previous steps to define fundamental areas of improvement and synthesize specific targets. The goals should be developed in collaboration with the SBTi to ensure relevance and ambition are central.
Act - Once clear goals have been set, our organization must innovate and develop to achieve these goals. The goals are made publicly available to hold us accountable for working towards them.
You can read more about our Journey here.