Sustainable Development Goals

House of Baukjen works with key organisations to create a greener and fairer world.

We’re proud to announce that our efforts to be a responsible business have resulted in our B Corp certification being the highest in Fashion in the UK and second highest in Europe.

We have set Science-Based Targets for Nature that go beyond Climate Neutral by 2030, signed the Terra Carta to reach net-zero ahead of Paris Agreement commitments. We are also involved in projects with The Fashion Pact, UN Fashion Charter, Global Environment Facility and Sustainable Apparel Coalition.

Our Impact Report is written in accordance with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

Currently our efforts are focused on the areas where we believe we can have a more direct impact: Biosphere, Society and Economy.

We are excited to share our journey to a better future, please find below our transparent report for the Second Quarter of 2021.

Clean Water and Sanitation

Clean Water and Sanitation

  • Our factories follow our Code of Conduct, exceeding EU REACH standards to ensure that natural water source pollution and hazardous waste production and disposal are always avoided.
  • Our water consumption associated with production has decreased by 17% in comparison to the previous season, and our relative water consumption is down 6% in comparison to previous quarter.
  • As of Q2 2021 our new collections have no conventional cotton nor viscose. Using EcoVero instead of conventional viscose reduces water consumption by 56% and carbon emissions by 37%. The use of organic cotton instead of conventional cotton reduces water consumption by 88% and carbon emissions by 16%.
  • Climate Action

    Climate Action

  • We became completely Carbon Negative across our entire supply chain as of 2020 by analysing, reducing, restoring and offsetting our carbon emissions through Gold Standard CER and VER offsets. Carbon Negative means that the impact goes beyond achieving net zero carbon emissions to actually create an environmental benefit by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
  • In Q2 of 2021, we have further reduced our relative carbon emissions by 22% from previous quarter
  • We became the first fashion brand to be associated with Terra Carta, an initiative launched by HRH The Prince of Wales to encourage the world’s CEOs to commit to speed up net-zero commitments ahead of the Paris Agreement.
  • We have teamed up with the United Nations Fashion Charter for Climate Action (UNFCCC) to collaborate with industry-leading fashion companies to disrupt the fast fashion model, and greatly reduce the sector’s carbon output.
  • Life Below Water

    Life Below Water

  • We have achieved a 76% reduction in conventional synthetic fibres in comparison to last season. This is essential to reduce microplastic pollution, and we are committed to eliminate conventional synthetics from our collections.
  • We proudly support GuppyBag and PlanetCare to collect harmful microfibres and microplastics when washing garments during the customer use phase.
  • 70% of post-consumer plastics in the oceans comes from packaging. Ours is 100% plastic free. Read more about our Packaging
  • We have incorporated new recycled fabrics such as polyester, cotton and wool into our collection, following our core mission to be a fully circular business.
  • Life on Land

    Life on Land

  • We have completed our first Biodiversity Benchmark with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to highlight key areas of impact to work on as a fashion business and protect Nature.
  • Deforestation will not happen on our watch. All the viscose in our new collections is sourced from sustainably managed forests. All our catalogues and paper packaging is certified by FSC or PEFC. Read more here
  • Each tree is not equal. We only plant trees and mangroves in areas with rich biodiversity, restoring natural ecosystems.
  • Our new collections have no conventional viscose, as we transitioned into using EcoVero™. This transition saves water and carbon, being Ecolabel certified for its environmental excellence.
  • We have a comprehensive restricted substance list (RSL) including Chromium VI for our leather, and chlorobenzenes for our recycled polyester and polyamide to protect biodiversity which is essential to all life on planet Earth.
  • We are collaborating with Canopy on their CanopyStyle and Pack4Good initiatives to ensure we are sourcing our wood-based fibres and packaging from sustainably managed forests. Read more here
    Gender Equality

    Gender Equality

  • We’re proud that 76% of our team are women.
  • Women are represented across all levels of the business including over 50% being CEOs and Executives.
  • We donate clothing to Smart Works to support unemployed women in need.
  • We are proud to pay our employees based on their roles and regularly do a pay equity analysis. We can confirm that as of Q2 2021 the pay-gap is zero.
  • Affordable and Clean Energy

    Affordable and Clean Energy

  • We have always used 100% low impact renewable sources in our warehouses and offices.
  • Through the Fashion Pact we’ve pledged to implement 100% renewable energy across the majority of our supply chain by 2030.
  • No Poverty

    No Poverty

    This is a powerful commitment to leave no one behind and to reach those farthest behind first. We are active in the anti-slavery movement, our factories have signed our rigorous code of conduct going even beyond REACH legislation, and we are a Living Wages company.

    Zero Hunger

    Zero Hunger

    We donate more than 10% of our profits to charities including ones that address hunger.

    Good Health and Well-Being

    Good Health and Well-Being

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, we donated over 30,000 reusable face masks to those who needed them the most. We find mental health very important and support charities with donations. We also care very much about the mental health of our staff and have a daily zoom call to see each other’s faces, smile and touch base. We will never force our team to go to the office in dangerous times.

    Quality Education

    Quality Education

    Although we do not directly impact this SDG, we always search for ways to help, for example by donating computers to underserved communities that need them the most and donating materials to local schools.

    Sustainable Cities and Communities

    Sustainable Cities and Communities

    This has not been a core focus for us. We aim to be a force for good in the communities we are inserted in, for example by settling our warehouse in a low-income area and paying Living Wages. We also engage with local communities when possible, try to support local businesses and support fair and sustainable development with our business.

    Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    We do not directly impact this SDG within our business operations. We understand the importance of this SDG, and it is in our DNA to be as inclusive, peaceful, and planet positive as possible.

    Decent Work and Economic Growth

    Decent Work and Economic Growth

  • Our facilities have signed our rigorous code of conduct and we are a Living Wages company.
  • We scored 100% in our Impact Business Model section of Governance in our record-breaking B Corp score.
  • We run our warehouse in a low-income community to promote sustainable economic growth.
  • Reduced Inequalities

    Reduced Inequalities

  • We donate at least 10% of our profits each year to charities. We continue to support charities including Great Ormand Street Hospital, NHS Charities Together, Women & Children First, Women’s Trust, Diana Award and Every Mother Counts through campaigns, products, and direct donations. In 2020, we donated over £100K to multiple charities.
  • We have started working with new factories that are women owned and run.
  • Over 20% of our production comes from women-led factories.
  • We always endeavour to support underprivileged people including women across our supply chain.
  • Responsible Consumption and Production

    Responsible Consumption and Production

  • Over 96% of garments in our collections this year are made from natural fibres, with 85% from responsible sources.
  • We are a Zero Waste company, meaning that over 90% of our “waste” is neither landfilled nor incinerated.
  • 100% of our parcels are plastic free. Our packaging is also 100% biodegradable. Our production line follows a fully circular model. We ensure we never overproduce our garments, and we have never sent clothing to landfill or incineration.
  • We operate a take back scheme and a recycling scheme, through which we mechanically recycle old garments into new fibres (with our partner Valerius 360).
  • In February, we launched Baukjen’s sister brand Isabella Oliver’s ethical maternity collection for SS21 being comprised of innovative fabrics that reduce our impact and restore our earth; a global first.
  • We are incorporating blockchain and AI technology into our supply chain and are working on innovative solutions with Supply Compass and Freedom Row to optimize our supply chain, and strengthen digital infrastructure through the use of QR technology that is consumer friendly.
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    We do not directly impact this SDG, but we understand its importance. We are incorporating blockchain and AI technology into our supply chain and are working on innovative solutions with Supply Compass and Freedom Row to strengthen digital infrastructure.

    We are developing bespoke sustainable fabrics and supporting pioneering recycled fabric innovations.

    Partnerships For The Goal

    Partnerships For The Goal

    We strongly understand the importance of this SDG, and we encourage and welcome everyone and other businesses to be more ethical and sustainable, join forces with institutes that promote a better planet, and in general to follow the inspiring guidelines the Sustainable Development goals offer.

    At House of Baukjen we are constantly campaigning for change and striving for hope by disrupting the fast fashion model. We realise that we need to lead by example and encourage others, which is why we pride ourselves in transparency; across our fabrics, supply chain and our circular model including our re-commerce initiatives; Pre-Loved, rental, subscription, and care and repair. We are also proud to be a certified B Corp, an accreditation you can’t manipulate, there’s no greenwashing involved. You need to earn it. What matters is the journey towards a better world. For the sake of the planet and the people, we urge other businesses to join us.

    We are proud of our journey so far, but we are not perfect and there is much more to be done. We are campaigning for change and encourage everyone to join our movement.

    Science-Based Targets

    We would like to be fully transparent with you. Please find here our official environmental targets, including our official Science-Based Targets. We have already achieved some of these, and are proud to be leaders with our target achievements.

    • We will reduce our GHG emissions by 20% by 2025 in line with the 1.5°C agreement. SDG 13 - Climate Action

    • We will reduce our water consumption by 20% by 2025. SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation

    • We will reduce our net waste product by 30% by 2025. SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

    • We will pledge to use 20% less environmentally damaging chemicals in our supply chain by 2025. SDG 14 + 15 - Life Below Water + Life On Land

    • We commit to implement 50% renewable energy across own operations by 2025 and 100% by 2030. Additionally we will incentivise implementation of renewables in all high impact manufacturing processes along the entire supply chain. SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

    • We support climate adaptation and resilience through sustainable sourcing of key raw materials. Therefore, we commit that 100% of our key raw materials are low climate impact (e.g Organic, regenerative, etc.) by 2025. SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

    • We commit to zero deforestation and the protection and sustainable management of natural forests by 2025. SDG 15 - Life on Land

    Click here to view the 2021 Q1 Impact Report