Banner is setting new standards for transparency with the launch of its annual sustainability report.
Taking a holistic approach, the report sets out ambitious commitments to tackling climate change, supporting ethical trading and promoting community involvement.
Glenn Leech, CEO of Banner, said: “Being transparent is the best way to drive change. In recent years we’ve been making progress in a measured way, but to create a step change we realised we needed to hold ourselves to greater account. The report is very much part of that journey – which has to begin with an open and honest appraisal of the goals we’ve set and what we’ve achieved so far.”
Banner is committing to a range of environmental and social measures that include goals for the environment, product manufacture and design, customer engagement and community involvement.
Mr Leech added: “It’s a holistic approach because our business impacts in multiple ways. For example, we want to reduce our carbon footprint, but we also care about the way we do business, the people who make our garments, and the communities we serve.”
The report covers the audited performance for 2020, but it also looks forward, setting challenging gaols for the future.
Sarah Robins, sustainability manager at Banner, said: “We have six pillars to our plan. These encompass: Supply Chain, Products, Customers, Environment, Community and People. To make a lasting difference requires more than one headline measure.”
Preparing the report has been especially challenging in the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms Robins added: “It would have easy to delay for a year, but one of our key values is making the right calls and we knew it was important to challenge ourselves with new and hopeful standards as the pandemic recedes.”
In the meantime, Banner is pressing ahead with more customer communication, including a special Sustainability Issue of its popular Insight newsletter for retailers.
Mr Leech concluded: “We want to encourage others to join us on our sustainability journey. No one company has all the answers, nor can we make progress alone – by working with our supply chain partners we can make an even bigger difference.”