OXFORD’S CARBON COMMITMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT AND RISKS IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN
Oxford has a commitment to greatly reduce the natural and social costs of its products to capitalize on rising demand without taxing the environment or human welfare. To that end, we will all benefit from innovations that allow our products to be made using less energy and material and to be reused or recycled with ease.
APPAREL BUSINESSES TO LEAD THE WAY
At Oxford, we are committed to doing our part by building an ethical supply chain that creates high-quality, low-impact and long-lasting products. We carefully consider the origin of all materials before executing a collection and work with our production partners to reduce waste, chemicals, and plastics that endanger our planet’s people and ecosystems.
COOLING THE EARTH
The world’s inhabitants are emitting far too much carbon into the atmosphere and destabilizing the earth’s climate. The science is clear: the planet can still be saved but there is no time for complacency. A reduction in carbon emissions to limit warming to 1.5°C, as noted in the Paris Agreement and to achieve this goal, global carbon emissions must be reduced by half by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050.
OXFORD’S CARBON COMMITMENT
The Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) ensures we meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. In line with the 1.5℃ warming pathway, we are committed to the following:
* 55% lower per product carbon emissions by 2030.
* 46% lower absolute emissions in our stores, distribution centre and head office by 2030.
* Net-zero emissions by 2050.
Oxford began this research by measuring, where possible, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout our supply chain. This helped us understand where the highest impacts exist and from there, we began implementing the best paths to reduction. EG. The Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
GLOBAL TEMPERATURE AND CARBON DIOXIDE
As noted above, there is a positive correlation between the rise in global temperatures and the rise in carbon dioxide emissions.
MAINTAINING A CLEAN PLANET
When designing our collections, lengthy consideration is given to the type of materials we employ, using only natural fibres where possible to minimise impact on the environment. Additionally, we work closely with our production partners to minimise waste, reduce chemicals in raw materials, and only use recyclable plastics and packaging to ensure our planet’s ecosystems are not endangered thereby minimising any negative impact on local communities.
To achieve our sustainability goals and hold ourselves accountable to our customers and the environment we have committed to several broad initiatives: eliminating all virgin plastic from our supply chain, utilising organic cotton production (GOTS), working with Australian Woolmark licenced spinners, weavers and producers, implementing largely recycled polyester/nylon fabrics throughout our casual outerwear ranges and, using only vegetable tanning processes for leather garments, footwear, leather bags, luggage and accessories.
Large-scale change rarely happens quickly, however Oxford has made swift progress toward meeting these goals and will accomplish a complete the transformation by the end of 2022.