"Responsible development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
This is the most frequently quoted definition which we are striving to harmonize with, in everything we do. In order to accomplish these ambitions, we have transformed our mindset which has paved the way to a new and more responsible direction, ultimately defining the future of our business, industry and global presence.
We have compiled a comprehensive responsibility strategy, which is based on three focus areas; responsible supply chain management, material strategy and design for conscious consumption.
Material choices is a main contributor to our business’ adverse effects on people and our planet. This is why we have developed a material strategy outlining the areas in our transformation towards a more responsible business. To better understand our process and goals we have broken down our strategy to the three following areas; chemicals with care, recyclable fiber-mix and involvement of more responsible materials.
Creating clothes with high performance have an environmental impact, leaving a trace on our environment. We work towards neither the environment nor the health and well-being of our customers are affected by such. Chemicals from clothing may contaminate water or cause allergic reactions when using the garment, but we strive to adopt a precautionary approach to the use of chemicals and ensure that there are in fact no chemical residues in the clothes that can cause these effects. Application of fibers is another important element of our responsible development. In order to increase the possibility of recycling, and hence minimize extracting new virgin materials, we work to increase our use of clean fibers starting throughout future collections. In addition, we also introduce organic cotton and increase application of more responsible fibers such as Tencel and linen.
Design for Conscious consumption
Design for conscious consumption is about minimizing the pressure on virgin materials by maximizing the use of resources, and ultimately reduce waste of applicable fabrics. This demands a transition in our sourcing and design process, as the primary task is to investigate which and where the fabrics can be procured and subsequently how the design is conducted.
No matter how responsibly a garment is produced and delivered to the consumer, the responsibility of the product plunges if it ends up in landfills shortly after purchase, or if it is left in the wardrobe un-used or un-loved. The design style of Les Deux has always focused on clean lines, classic aesthetics and comfort. The design is meant to last and to be flexible, which ultimately displays a timeless design and an ability to combine with styles from previous and future collections.
These slow consumption characteristics for longevity and durability greatly contributes to a responsible use phase, where the utility value of the product is maximized – as a backlash against the fast-fashion practice dominating the industry.
Responsible supply chain management
To us, responsible supply chain management is about providing fair, safe and legal working conditions for everyone with whom we do business with and be able to account for our operations and impacts that are caused by us, throughout our supply chain. This demands a fundamental understanding of the necessity within the organization and the overall purpose of this transition. The immense web of processes that are coherent with a more responsible supply chain management, will not happen overnight, however, we will take responsibility for our activities by implementing proper due diligence at our production sites. We are mapping the possibilities of creating a trustful network of experts within this area who can conduct professional audits at our manufacturers and report back to us, so we can ensure that they are compliant with the contracts.
In order to succeed with this, we will increasingly monitor our supply chain and hence increase overall transparency. These initiatives are strongly supported by our code of conduct with a special focus on safe production, anti-slavery and anti-child labor. If we detect any kind of breach of contract, we will immediately initiate a crisis plan and investigate all the associated parameters in order to solve the issues as fast as possible and in the best interest of all parties. Read more.
Sustainable Development Goals
The 17 SDG’s (sustainable development goals) are the world’s shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, with a purpose of building a better future by 2030.
At Les Deux, we are working inclusively with the SDG’s as we believe, that collective cooperation and collaboration is crucial in order to make a significant impact.
Last year, when we began our sustainable development, we explored all 17 SDG’s and mapped the respective targets and indicators, in terms of integrating those most relevant and suitable to our company and the industry that we do business in. Currently, our sustainable development is correlated with two SDG’s; responsible consumption and production, and life below water. However, we are constantly working towards integrating more SDG’s and we expect to add more during 2020.
SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production
Our first step towards accommodating SDG 12 was the launch of our upcycling collection which is made entirely of left-over fabrics and thus ultimately reducing the need of extracting virgin materials from nature’s resources.
Example SDG 14 – Life below water
Life below water is under threat and exposed like never before, why we have engaged in reducing our marine pollution of all kinds. Our first initiative was to reduce the plastic usage of polybags by 50% on all our t-shirts, simply by folding them in half at the various production sites. Next, we have made a co-lab with Spanish brand Eco Alf where the output was a jacket made 100% from recycled polyester solely deriving from plastic bottles in the ocean.
Better Cotton Initiative
We are proud to announce our membership of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). It is a natural step in our pursuit of a more responsible future.
Through BCI and its Partners, farmers receive training on how to use water efficiently, care for the health of the soil and natural habitats, reduce use of the most harmful chemicals and apply decent work principles
Though Better Cotton in itself is not physically traceable in regard to the end product, Better Cotton Initiative Farmers benefit from the demand for Better Cotton in the same volumes as those sourced.
An essential factor in the Better Cotton Initiative is the improvements of the sociocultural situation, as BCI strives for a fairer wage for their farmers, giving them an opportunity to better provide for their families. As such, BCI not only focuses on environmental and economic responsibility, but also with regards to the social impact of farmers
Leather Working Group
On our path towards becoming a more responsible brand, we seek to continuously invest in improving our output on all levels.
Therefore, we Les Deux joined the Leather Working Group/LWG in 2020 to support more responsible leather manufacturing.