Chloé 2nd pillar: the responsible sourcing | Chloé SK

SOURCING

Vision: Increasing lower impact materials and fair-trade sourcing across all categories by 2025.

We intend to become a force for positive change beyond the Chloé workplace by working with our main suppliers to promote and further our standards while ensuring transparency.
Based on our environmental impact research, we learned that our biggest impact comes from raw materials. This has prompted us to work with external experts to identify lower impact materials. We are focused on increasing their proportion such that we can reach 90% by 2025 at latest. Consequently, this will contribute to our target of reducing emissions by 25% per product. You can find our list of lower impact materials here.

For Gabriela Hearst, responsible sourcing is inseparable from design. Whenever possible, she tries to reuse existing materials and lower-impact materials. With her arrival at Chloé, we aim to achieve these objectives even faster, and possibly exceed them.

Objectives 2022

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lower impact materials used on Chloé ready-to-wear

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lower-impact leather on Chloé leather goods

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fair-trade sourcing on Chloé ready-to-wear

FAIR TRADE

The World Fair Trade Organization is a global community of social enterprises that fully practice fair trade. Its guarantee system is the only international verification model focused on social enterprises that put the interests of people and the planet first.
Following a partnership signed with WFTO in September 2020, Chloé launched its first fair-trade luxury collections in March 2021, which were both ethically produced and environmentally responsible. Over time, we will increase the quantity of fair-trade items in our collections, maintaining the highest luxury quality, while making products that are beautiful and meaningful. By 2022, our goal is that at least 20% of ready-to-wear comprises fair-trade guaranteed products. As such, we are working on adding social enterprises to our existing supply chain partners, as well as helping existing suppliers work towards fair trade certification.

LOWER IMPACT MATERIALS

Our lower impact materials are split into three main categories:


  • Organic: organic materials involve better land management practices, respect for animal welfare, elimination of herbicides, pesticides and artificial fertilizers, reduction of water consumption, and restricted use of chemicals. The outcome is fields that are healthier for farmers, wildlife and surrounding communities.
  • Recycled: recycled materials keep their inherent quality with a reduced environmental impact, as they enable us to extend the lifespan of fabrics that have already been produced.
  • Deadstock: leftover materials are transformed into new products to decrease the production of new materials while lowering our environmental footprint. Using deadstock is our favourite option, since reusing existing materials is invariably more sustainable than spending resources producing new ones.


At Chloé, we joined the Leather Working Group in 2017 to support more sustainable leather manufacturing. The Leather Working Group is an international organisation made up of stakeholders across the leather supply chain, working to promote environmental best practice within leather manufacturing and related industries.

SUPPLY CHAIN PARTNERS

We believe that collaboration with our supply chain partners is key to ensuring we reduce our environmental impact while increasing our positive impact on communities.
We currently require all supply chain partners (Tier 1, Tier 2 and nominated raw materials suppliers) to comply with the Richemont Code of Conduct, and to be audited and monitored for continuous improvement based on SMETA audit methodology.
Chloé shares guidelines to all supply chain partners, encouraging them to initiate a CSR strategy, measure progress, support innovation and seek certifications. We expect our suppliers to act in favour of gender equality; avoid any form of discrimination; promote underrepresented minority workers communities; and support local communities whenever possible.

Our key moments

For Gabriela Hearst’s debut show, the Autumn – Winter 21 collection,

already more than 80% of our cashmere yarn is recycled, with more than 50% of silk derived from organic agriculture.

For International Women’s Day 2021,

Chloé released the very first entirely fair-trade luxury collection in partnership with UNICEF.

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