Sourcing Sustainable Cotton, F&F


Our F&F clothing brand have committed to sourcing 100% sustainable cotton by 2025

Last year, we signed the “Sustainable Cotton Communique” to help source 100% more sustainable cotton by 2025, along with many other brands and retailers. HRH Prince Charles and his International Sustainability Unit (ISU) has taken the lead on this high profile commitment to make cotton more sustainable. This is good news for the environment, our workers and customers.

This is a global challenge which requires a global solution. Working together with other like-minded brands, retailers and suppliers who are committed to transparency and sustainable sourcing. We hope that other brands will choose to join us so that more can be done to accelerate their use of sustainable cotton. By doing so significant social and environmental benefit will be achieved wherever cotton is grown.

It is our goal that sustainable cotton simply becomes the new standard for cotton growing. Our customers can continue to look good and feel great, confident that their F&F garment is made from sustainably sourced cotton.

Cotton is the biggest raw material we use which affects thousands of cotton farmers around the world. To help those cotton farmers, we are working towards ensuring that 100% of our cotton is more sustainable (i.e. it has a minimal impact on the environment and the people producing it get a better deal). Each year F&F procures approximately 28,000 metric tonnes of cotton lint and in our 2017 ranges 60% of the cotton we sourced was produced sustainably through the Better Cotton Initiative.

Cotton production has a negative impact on the environment and that’s why as part of our commitment to sustainable cotton, we have signed up to the Better Cotton Initiative. This has helped us to achieve:

     

Head Office & Hub Offices

We have been building supply chain traceability since 2013, including identifying where all our fabric comes from through a dedicated fabric team and having dedicated sustainable cotton champions in our sourcing offices. We have trained all F&F garment suppliers in sourcing more sustainable cotton, as well as all of our fabric suppliers too. 

Our buyers and commercial teams have been trained to buy cotton from more sustainable sources that we have identified through third parties such as the Better Cotton Initiative. We are now training our colleagues and suppliers on our F&F zero deforestation commitment, ensuring cellulosic fibres such as modal, tencel and viscose are sourced responsibly.

 

Sustainable Cotton Ranking 2017

The Sustainable Cotton Ranking report, created by Pesticide Action Network (UK), Solidaridad and WWF, assesses companies who have significant cotton use, and therefore, will have a prominent role in influencing sustainable cotton practices. Of the 75 companies assessed, Tesco ranks 12th.

At F&F, we are continually looking to improve cotton cultivation conditions and we are extremely thankful to our suppliers for supporting us through this journey.

For more information, please see the report here.