Sustainability & Values
We’re convinced that we can create clothing collections that enable our customers to express their personality and at the same time care about the planet. Our objective is that good working conditions and human rights should be respected and we see strength in collaborating with others and consistently seek solutions to drive us forward.
We are convinced sustainability is a natural part of being a successful business and we always strive to act in an ethical, transparent and responsible manner and expect our business partners to do the same.
Our Code of Conduct, renamed to our Sustainable Commitment, has been with us since 2006 and requires our suppliers to follow the law and to respect fundamental human rights, good working conditions and a good working environment. As part of our work to be a responsible company, we have adopted a model whereby suppliers get support and training and we check that they are living up to our values and requirements. All suppliers that we work with must follow our Sustainable Commitment. Signing our Sustainability Commitment is mandatory for any supplier or business partner before entering a business relationship with Weekday.
To be successful in the future we must continuously strive beyond compliance and make improvements that are more aspirational. Therefore, two levels of performance are introduced in this Commitment; fundamental and aspirational.
The fundamental level is the basic compliance level that is expected of all business partners before doing business with Weekday. The aspirational level shows where we want to go long term, and that compliance is only the first step in creating a sustainable business. This means going beyond compliance with legal requirements and focusing on constant improvements.
Want to know more go to: Sustainable Commitment
In order to meet today’s global challenges, there’s a need for partnerships between people, companies and organizations to find solutions to problems in society and the environment.
We believe in engagement and partnership on a global and local level and we work with a range of participants to create better conditions within the textile sector. It’s here we have the greatest opportunity to make improvements and to work within a fair and sustainable production.
To learn more about our partnerships go to: Memberships and collaborations
A number of initiatives provide guidelines for companies that are taking a wider responsibility for their operations. Weekday fully supports a range of international standards and guidelines within environmental and human rights, including the following:
The UN Declaration of Human Rights
"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights". So, begins article 1 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights from 1948. In 2008, the declaration had its 50th anniversary. The United Nations adopted the declaration after the Second World War. It consists of 30 articles, a sense of which is given in the following examples.
- Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and
religion, and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and
- No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
- Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and everyone has the right to education Read more about the declaration here.
ILO’s Core Conventions
The UN organization, ILO (International Labour Organization), promotes good working conditions for all workers, on an international level. ILO’s core conventions from 1998 are:
- Freedom of association, freedom to organise and the recognition of
the right to collective bargaining.
- Elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour
- Effective abolition of child labour
- Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. The declaration is binding for all ILO members. Even for countries that have not ratified subsidiary conventions. Read more about the conventions.
We constantly look for more sustainable materials for our products and are increasing the share of sustainable materials year by year. Our aim is for all cotton in our range to come from recycled or sustainable sources by 2020.
All our clothes and products must live up to high standards of quality and safety. These are our guidelines at the design stage and throughout the production process. We work in a number of ways to ensure that customers can rely on our products.
Random inspections at suppliers and a variety of tests on our clothing products before the products reach the shop are a part of our production process. That includes everything from shrinkage tests, to tests of colour fastness and advanced chemical analyses. Weekday’s product policy means that we:
- Do not use PVC
- Do not use Mulesed Merino Wool
- Only use skins from stocks reared for meat production
- Do not use furs due to animal rearing concerns
In addition, we have ambitious chemical management programs. We work actively to assure safe products by continuously evaluating new knowledge and data. Chemicals used in our products must not represent a threat to human health or the environment. For more information go to Chemical Management
The substances which must not be used, or which shall be limited, are included in a long list which is continuously updated according to current guidance or legal requirements, largely derived from the European Commission. Some examples are:
- Heavy metals, including cadmium, lead and mercury
- Formaldehyde, antibacterial substances, nonylphenol ethoxylates and some AZO-dyes
- Dyes that cause allergies
As consumers of clothing we all have choices that lead to better or worse environmental outcomes. We can reduce the burden on the environment by considering how often we wash clothes, and what happens when we grow tired of them. One way to be more environmentally friendly is to wash clothes only when necessary and to avoid dry cleaning where possible. Clothing can be swapped and reused as well. Weekday also works with garment collecting and second-hand clothing.
Caring for the environment requires broad view of the issues. As well as keeping a careful eye on the products and the production chain, we’re gradually expanding our environmental goals to encompass the whole business. We choose freight methods that lead to the least carbon dioxide emissions. We dispatch clothes by ship, and when we travel on business we choose an environmental option rather than flying when we can. Other issues we prioritize include finding ways to use natural resources more effectively, increase recycling and improving energy efficiency in our offices and shops.
Want to know even more go to: Sustainability