We all leave an impact on the planet, so we should all play a part in cleaning up our footprint.
Businesses especially must help lead the way. At MY LBD, we are working to do our part by building an ethical supply chain that creates high-quality, low-impact, long-lasting products. We carefully consider our materials and work with our production partners to reduce waste, chemicals, and plastics that endanger our planet’s people and ecosystems. Our timeless dresses are designed to last—so making the right choice by the planet can be as simple as putting on an LBD.
Keeping Earth Cool
Humans are emitting far too much carbon into the atmosphere, and it’s destabilising Earth’s climate. The science is clear: We can still save the planet, but we have to work fast—and work together. We need to reduce carbon emissions to limit warming to 1.5°C, as called for in the Paris Agreement. To achieve this goal, we must cut global carbon emissions in half by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
They say to measure twice and cut once, but managing carbon emissions is going to take a lot more work than that. We started by measuring our scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions (following the Science-Based Targets initiative) to understand our impact and develop a plan for reduction that’s aligned with what the current science tells us.
Our Carbon Commitment
The Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) helps make sure we can meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. In line with the 1.5℃ warming pathway, we are committed to the following science-based targets:
- 55% lower per product carbon emissions¹ by 2030.
- 46% lower absolute emissions¹ in our stores and HQ by 2030.
- Net-zero emissions by 2050.
¹Reduction figures are relative to our 2019 data.
Keeping Earth Clean
We carefully consider our materials and work with our production partners to reduce waste, chemicals, and plastics that endanger our planet’s ecosystems and negatively impact local communities.
MyLBD strives to use the most sustainable materials from farm to factory, and invests in new fabric innovations to ensure we’re reducing our impact on the planet. We prioritise natural fibers, but use recycled synthetics where they have a clear performance and/or durability advantage.
Our silk tops are dyed at a bluesign®-certified dyehouse and made at a LEED-certified factory. The producer is working to integrate a better supply chain from soil to shirt, through Regenerative Organic farming, renewable energy, and water recycling.
Where possible, we work with a number of partners to certify our materials, suppliers, and production processes.
bluesign® Systems Partner—In traditional manufacturing, there is no way of knowing which chemicals are being used in dye and wash processes. bluesign has done the dirty work for us by identifying over 900 potentially harmful chemicals. To earn bluesign certification, manufacturers must prove that those chemicals have been completely eliminated from the production process.
GOTS Organic Cotton Certification—The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification takes over a year to account for every step of production—from the processing of certified organic fiber into yarn, to the dyehouses, mills, factories, and printers.
Cradle To Cradle Gold Certification— The Cradle To Cradle certification also ensures the use of renewable energy and carbon offsets for manufacturing, proving that clean stretch yarn isn’t a stretch of the imagination.
Other Materials Certifications:
CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) Banned Substances
REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals) certified
ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) contributors
GRS (Global Recycling Standard) certification of recycled materials
Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare
RWS-certified (Responsible Wool Standard), non-mulesed wool
We strive for responsible and transparent partnerships throughout our supply chain and work with third-party auditors to evaluate factors like fair wages, labor conditions, reasonable working hours, and a safe working environment.
Our Social Responsibility Program
Throughout our supply chain, we aim to foster long-term working relationships rooted in honesty, shared values, and continuous improvement. We seek out and select suppliers that align with our business and sourcing needs, quality and performance standards, and are committed to doing right by their workers and the environment.
Due Diligence Practices
We require 100% of our new factories, authorised subcontractors, and mill suppliers (Tier 1, 1A, and 2) to complete a survey that provides us with information on their pre-existing social compliance and environmental responsibility programs. Based on this survey and the documents we collect, we complete risk assessments and social compliance audits to ensure alignment with and adherence to our social responsibility standards.
Social compliance audits are completed with our third-party auditing partners—ELEVATE, Arche Advisors and Intertek—to ensure that suppliers meet all legal requirements and adhere to Everlane’s Vendor Code of Conduct.
Pre-Production Risk Assessment (Potential New Partners)
Goal: Determine what type of audit program the facility will have within the first year of partnership by completing an internal risk assessment which includes criteria about:
- Reference audit scores and reports
- Department of Labor country risk
- Migrant labor practices / forced labor screening
- Additional social and environmental certifications
- Strength of communication throughout the onboarding process
- Strength of CSR or sustainability team at the facility
Depending on the overall risk assessment score, the new facility will need to complete an ELEVATE ERSA audit prior to production or within one year of placing a purchase order.
Annual Risk Assessment (Active Partners)
Goal: The annual risk assessment score determines the type of social compliance audit program we will use for the upcoming year. These scores are based on:
- Existing audit scores and reports
- Quality of Corrective Action Plan (CAP) completion
- Past compliance concerns and remediation
- Internal CSR programs (factory-led programs)
- Additional social and environmental certifications
- Migrant labour practices / forced labor screening
Audit Frequency & Type
Based on the facility’s annual risk assessment score, our social compliance auditing program can include a combination of the following throughout the year:
1. Full Social Compliance Audit
- Completed by ELEVATE, Arche Advisors or Intertek and covers:
- Child Labor
- Forced Labor
- Conflict Labor
- Harassment, Abuse and Disciplinary Practices
- Freedom of Association & Rights to Collective Bargaining
- Terms of Employment
- Wages and Benefits
- Hours of Work
- Health and Safety
Most suppliers are audited against these standards annually,* at MyLBD's expense, and are guided through corrective actions, root-cause analysis, and long-term remediation planning. To combat audit fatigue in our factories, we will co-audit with other brands in our shared supply chain.
*Our audit rate in 2020 and part of 2021 has been lower than in previous years, due to the constraints on auditor travel and health and safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, we completed 25 social audits with our active vendors. Due to constraints during the COVID-19 pandemic, we were only able to complete 40% of our social audits for active vendors in 2020. This number is continuing to rise in 2021.
2. Worker Sentiment Survey
- Completed by our third party partner, ELEVATE.
- Survey includes questions around equality, safety and harassment, grievance mechanisms, management sentiment, wages and working hours.
- Completed anonymously by factory floor workers and can be completed at home or at the factory through links/QR codes.
- Intended to be a representative example of employee well-being at the factory and a starting point for further investigation if needed.
- We share these anonymous, aggregated results with factory management and worker representatives as a tool to utilize during corrective action planning.
3. Unannounced Observation Audits
- Unannounced audits focus on labor conditions, health and safety only.
- Provides MyLBD with a way to check in on our partners without too much disruption to their day.
Our consistently high performing factory partners, who score an ‘A’ over a consecutive two-year period and demonstrate leadership in their approach and management systems, are rewarded by being audited every other year. This allows factory partners to mitigate audit exhaustion and dedicate time to advancing their internal compliance programs. We meet regularly with these high-performing factories to receive progress updates and to learn and share best practices.
We know that all standards will not be met all of the time, so we work in partnership with our third-party auditing firms and suppliers to approach corrective actions and remediation efforts with goals of continuous improvement and meaningful change.
We expect all suppliers to make improvements when any of our agreed-upon standards are not met, and require proof of correction for each non-compliance within a reasonable, pre-defined timeline. We take a collaborative approach to remediation efforts with our suppliers, developing a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to remedy issues identified during the audit and offering tools and training for capacity building and improvement through our third-party partners.
Factory Partner Programs & Certifications
We seek and prioritize relationships with factories that embrace a holistic approach to social and environmental responsibility. In addition to meeting our minimum partnership standards, we prioritize facilities that offer worker well-being programs that go above and beyond industry standards and local laws. This can include free or reduced child care, free health examinations, learning and development programs, job training programs, and free lunches/dinners.
We also prioritize suppliers that hold additional industry certifications for their work to lessen their environmental impact. These exemplify our partner’s desire and commitment to leading the industry forward by example and speak to our shared sense of purpose. These certifications include:
- Safe Chemistry Certifications:
- Material Chain of Custody & Content Claims Certifications:
- Environmental Management Systems Certifications & Standards:
Zero Waste To Landfill
In a facility that handles so many shipping materials and most of our physical products, it’s significant to reach a milestone like 100% landfill-free.
This is done through various recycling and reuse programs, with the remainder done through a waste-to-energy partnership. Our partnership with Happy Returns also features a reusable shipping carton program that reduces the amount of cardboard that goes out for recycling.
Our Store & Office
We want the spaces we work in to be expressions of our ideals, so our stores and office are designed for lower impact through natural and recycled materials, energy sourcing, and educational initiatives.
Sustainable By Design
All of our stores use skylights and SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient)-compliant glass windows to provide plenty of natural light, and use efficient LED lighting when needed. All of the wooden benches, shelving, and checkout counters use FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)-certified wood materials. Our in-store signage is produced from post-consumer fabric content and other recycled materials that are designed for longevity, and repurposed prior to recycling when possible. Our rugs are made of natural materials, and our carpet tiles are made from recycled rubber.
We purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) for 100% of the power used at our stores and office. With RECs, we’re investing in large-scale renewable energy production for the national grid via wind, solar, geothermal, power. This method slashes the emissions associated with our electricity use while lessening national reliance on fossil fuels.
No single-use plastic is used for in-store events; instead, all of our stores use glass cups and reusable flatware. On their first day, all new employees receive a kit with reusable utensils, a MiiR water bottle, and Stasher bags. In our offices, we partner with Fare Resources, a food program that prioritizes organic and/or locally sourced ingredients, and we have dramatically reduced single-use plastic and food waste. Our employee-led sustainability committee pilots programs to educate our team on subjects from local ballot initiatives to proper recycling and composting.
A more sustainable world will be the cumulative result of small-scale efforts along with more macro strategies like industry-wide working groups and policy changes. We want to help lead the industry forward with our active participation.
- GFA (Global Fashion Agenda) Associate Member