“We are an innovative Belgian apparel company producing premium clothing for printing and decorating and our goal is to contribute to a fully sustainable supply chain.
This webpages show our commitments and the steps we are taking to improve our supply chain for a healthier planet and happier people.
We like to ‘say what we do and do what we say’, as we believe that sustainability is first and foremost a question of commitment and transparency. Through the report, we provide insights into the complex challenges associated with the textile industry, how we tackle those challenges, and what our future aspirations are.
At Stanley/Stella, we have some ambitious plans for which the road ahead will be long and winding. We are striving to provide workers in our partner factories (i.e. our Tier 1 suppliers) with a living wage and are working to reduce our carbon footprint across our supply chain.
Furthermore, we are excited to share the Stanley/Stella Charter, which will be our guiding framework towards operating as a responsible company in the garment industry.”
Founder and CEO Stanley/Stella
STANDING BY OUR COMMITMENTS
Placing focus on sustainability is no longer an option, it’s a must.
At Stanley/Stella, sustainability is part of our core values and is fully integrated in our business culture. We believe that a fairer and more sustainable fashion industry is possible and that it’s our shared responsibility to continuously improve how we create and operate. From the cotton field to our collection, to how we manage our waste, our objective is always to act with transparency for people, our planet, and for society.
CHOOSING OUR MATERIALS CONSCIOUSLY
Fibre selection has a considerable impact on how long a garment will last and how easily it can be recycled. This defines both the product quality and its environmental footprint.
By choosing the highest quality raw materials, there is less need to blend them with other fibres. However, no material is perfect and there are many trade-offs to be made in finding the best solution. For example, to give our products more stability and longevity, we sometimes need to incorporate synthetic fibres. At all times, we make conscious, carefully weighed decisions about which materials to use.
MINIMIZING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT
Human activities such as burning fossil fuels, clearing forests, and cultivating land for agricultural use contribute to climate change by emitting CO2 and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) that are devastating for the earth.
At Stanley/Stella, we recognise that we have a responsibility to mitigate and reduce our impact on the environment, and we place a specific focus on CO2 emissions across our supply chain and on water use.
CARING ABOUT PEOPLE
At Stanley/Stella, fair and safe working conditions, and well-being in the workplace are at the heart of our operations and organisation.
In our Brussels headquarters and local liaison offices, we have implemented a number of mechanisms to promote well-being and ensure a good and motivating working environment for all those involved in bringing our collections to life.
On top of this, we work closely with our partner factories to improve working conditions in line with our Fair Wear Foundation membership, and we strive to ensure worker remuneration that is more in line with a living wage.
Finally, as we believe it is our duty to support the local communities that are part of our ecosystem, we have initiated various projects to make our commitments even more concrete.
THE STANLEY/STELLA COMMUNITY
Building strong partnerships and taking a collective approach is essential to the development of our activities.
Every supplier we work with is chosen very carefully.
We only work with a limited number of partner factories, and every new factory is rigorously audited and monitored by our Sustainability team and validated according to various social and environmental criteria.
The decorators, resellers, and Print-on-Demand suppliers who make up our exclusive partner network are trusted collaborators who we consider as an extension of the Stanley/Stella family.
They, along with our logistics partners, share our sustainable DNA and commitment to quality.