In working towards a more sustainable operation, key elements of the company’s objectives are aligned with the UNFCCC’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action:

  • Reduce Green House Gas emissions by 2030.
  • Prioritise materials with a low-climate impact.
  • Pursue energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • Support low-carbon transport.
  • Support circular business models.


  • Support low-carbon transport.
  • Support circular business models.
  • Engage with consumers and educate to reduce impacts.
  • Help policy makers to develop new laws.
  • Training staff and build awareness.
  • Adopt Sustainable Design methodologies.
  • Reduce waste.
  • Move towards less polluting chemicals.

Training and Awareness

The implementation of training and awareness raising in the company is an important objective. Best practice is starting to be developed by the RWHA, UNFCCC, Cambridge Sustainability Leadership group, Planet Mark and others we are monitoring.

This includes:

  • Details of John Smedley’s sustainability management programme.
  • What are the environmental and social impacts of the company activities and products along the supply chain.
  • Targets we set, measure and evolve over time.
  • Practical improvements everyone can make.
  • Learnings from wins and losses.

Sustainable Design

As the Creative Design team have control over the product specification, they can incorporate sustainability criteria in concept development and design stages. The team are already working on best practice derived from London College of Fashion and Kering knowledge.
Recommendations that we are working on:

  • Reducing the volume of paper and plastic packaging.
  • Reducing waste yarn in the knitting process.
  • Assessing sustainability of alternative packaging materials to plastic.
  • Using tissue paper tickets and cardboard made from only FSC certified forests.
  • Considering the incorporating paper or cardboard recyclate in packaging.

Waste Management

A well developed waste management programme collecting and segregating wastes for recovery for hazardous waste treatment (WEEE), recycling or reuse is in place.

Recommendations that we are working on:

  • Keeping better records of all waste generated and the disposal, treatment, recycling, recovery route post leaving the site irrespective of using a third party contract for these arrangements.
  • A best practice guide for waste records is to include: waste type, tonnages, collection, reuse, recycling or disposal routes, agent/ transporter /contractor.
  • All waste contractors should hold waste collection permits and disposal licenses (as relevant). John Smedley should request these and maintain copies on site for all current contractors. Contractors should without the required permits or licenses should not be used.

Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Building design, window systems, insulation as well as technologies for Building Energy Management, lighting, motion sensors and space/water heating will be considered when upgrading opportunities arise as they have good pay back in terms of reducing electricity use.

Recommendations that we are working on:

  • Reducing footprint.
  • Factory insulation and space heating efficiency.
  • Renewable electricity.
  • Heat capture and transfer.
  • Small scale biomass boilers for hot water and warm radiator heating.
  • LED lighting with high energy efficiencies (have already been introduced in most areas).
  • Motion switches.

Hazardous substances management

Recommendations that we are working on:

  • Working with contractors to manage the fuel and boiler arrangements on site


  • Drain protectors and spill kits located adjacent to bunds.
  • Reducing the use of site fuel or other chemicals adjacent to drains leading to surface water drains or water courses.