"Responsible development is the 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 we strive to harmonize within everything we do. To accomplish these ambitions, we have transformed our mindset, which has paved the way into a new and more responsible direction, ultimately defining the future of our business, industry, and global presence.
We have compiled a comprehensive responsibility strategy based on three focus areas; responsible supply chain management, material strategy, and design for conscious consumption.
Material choices mainly contribute 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 company. To better understand our process and goals, we have broken down our approach to the three following regions; chemicals with care, recyclable fiber mix, and involvement of more responsible materials.
Creating clothes with high performance can 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. Still, 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. The application of fibers is another essential element of our responsible development. To increase the possibility of recycling and hence minimize extracting new virgin materials, we work to improve our use of clean fibers starting throughout future collections. In addition, we also introduce organic cotton and increase the 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 reducing the 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 materials can be procured and 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 unloved. 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 significantly contribute 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 and being able to account for our operations and the impacts we cause 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 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 to ensure that they comply with the contracts.
To succeed, we will increasingly monitor our supply chain and increase overall transparency. Our code of conduct strongly supports these initiatives, focusing on safe production, anti-slavery, and anti-child labor. Suppose we detect any breach of contract. In that case, we will immediately initiate a crisis plan and investigate all the associated parameters to solve the issues as fast as possible and in the best interest of all parties. Read more.
Sustainable Development Goals
The 17 SDGs (sustainable development goals) are the world’s shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet to build a better future by 2030.
At Les Deux, we are working inclusively with the SDGs as we believe cooperation and collaboration are crucial to making a significant impact.
In 2019, when we began our responsible development, we explored all 17 SDGs. We mapped the respective targets and indicators to integrate those most relevant and suitable to our company and the industry in which we do business. Currently, our responsible development is correlated with two SDGs; responsible consumption and production and life below water. However, we are constantly working towards integrating more SDGs, and we expect to add more since 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 leftover fabrics, thus reducing the need to extract virgin materials from nature’s resources.
Example SDG 14 – Life below water
Life below water is under threat and exposed like never before, which is why we have engaged in reducing 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 in 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 the use of the most harmful chemicals and apply decent work principles.
Though Better Cotton itself is not physically traceable regarding 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 in the socio-cultural situation, as BCI strives for a fairer wage for their farmers, allowing them to better provide for their families. As such, BCI not only focuses on environmental and economic responsibility but also on farmers' social impact.
Leather Working Group
On our path towards becoming a more responsible brand, we seek to invest in improving our output on all levels continuously.
Therefore, Les Deux joined the Leather Working Group/LWG in 2020 to support more responsible leather manufacturing.