Part of its newly published sustainability strategy, ASOS will aim to achieve a net-zero impact on the environment by 2030, all while keeping prices affordable.
Just this morning, e-commerce giant ASOS released the next phase of its Fashion with Integrity programme, outlining targets to better both its environmental and social impact.
To date, the FWI initiative has led ASOS to reduce its operational carbon emissions per order by 45% between 2016 and 2020, switch to using 80% recycled material in mailing and garment bags, and launch a Circular Collection boasting ‘zero waste’ designs.
A response to rising demand for ethical and sustainable brands, it said it would try to address unabating calls from shoppers for ‘greater choice in responsible fashion,’ with targets on emissions reductions, recycling, and worker representation.
These include ensuring all of its own-brand products are made from eco-friendly materials by 2030, improving transparency in regard to its supply chain, reducing carbon emissions generated by its garment production and deliveries, and recruiting a more diverse workforce under its human rights strategy, including 50% female and 15% minority representation across its leadership team.
The announcement itself comes on the back of persistent criticisms from campaigners and conscious consumers over the carbon footprint of mass-produced cheap clothing that’s treated as disposable by trend-chasing buyers.
Not to mention the issue of industry-wide underrepresentation and alleged minimum wage violations that’s forced companies such as Boohoo to rethink their entire model.
‘The responsibility for a sustainable future lies with all of us and businesses must lead the way,’ said CEO Nick Beighton in a statement, who also explained that the initial marginal cost increases this may cause (affordability is what’s keeping the sector afloat right now) won’t last long.
‘We undertake the next step of our FWI journey confident that what we are doing is right for the planet, right for our people, right for our customers and will underpin our ambitious growth plans.’