We are a fashion brand in the business of dressing families. Just like any family, we aren’t perfect. But like all families, we try to do better every day– especially when it comes to sustainability. Where other brands might refer to corporate social responsibilities, we prefer to call ours Family Values… and if you want to get to know us, you’ll have to get to know them too.
Our business consists of a lot of moving parts. From design, to our supply chain, to our distribution centers and offices. All working together to make sure you and your family get the jeans, skirt, shirt, sweater, or blouse that fits just right. Although not all parts of the GARCIA family have been sustainable in the past, we are now working hard, step by step.
In 2013 we decided to only work with suppliers who share our family values. This came to life through a code of conduct that all our suppliers had to sign. Based on the BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) code of conduct.
The Amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is an initiative of companies committed to improving working conditions in their global supply chain. BSCI offers companies a common code of conduct and a roadmap that applies to all sectors and production countries.
BSCI provides factories with free training and implementation with official NGOs, trade unions, educational institutions and media. The work of Amfori BSCI is based on important international standards for the protection of labor rights, such as guidelines of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the guidelines of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
At Garcia, we want to be conscious about the energy we consume. The climate is changing because the global temperature is rising. Global warming is unstoppable but will slow down if we cut CO2 emissions globally.
In co-operation with Climate Neutral Group, we calculated and measured our CO2 impact for 2018 and 2019. With Climate Neutral Group we discuss how we can reduce our CO2 emissions.
As of 1-1-2020, we are purchasing green (wind) electricity from Europe for our head office and stores. Through Guarantees of Origin, we can demonstrate the origin of the more sustainably produced energy. The transition from gray (fossil) power to green power is done in co-operation with De Energiespecialist.
In the new circular economy, waste is the new raw material. That's why our shipping bags are made from 80% recycled plastic. We also use DHL GoGreen services and DPD carbon neutral parcel delivery. This entails that the greenhouse gas emissions generated by transportation and logistics are compensated through climate protection projects.
The Dutch government also plays a major role in making the clothing industry more sustainable, which resulted in the "Sustainable Clothing & Textile Convenant". In October 2019, we as GARCIA signed the convenant.
This Convenant has been drawn up by a broad coalition of trade associations, trade unions, critical organizations, and the national government. Together these parties want to tackle overarching issues such as better working conditions and environmental issues. By joining forces with industry associations and trade unions, we improve working conditions and tackle environmental pollution.
The Covenant offers tools to prevent and combat negative impact by participating in joint activities and projects that we as a business cannot solve on our own.
Our products and packaging can be recycled. For customers in France, find where to drop off your waste material on www.quefairedemesdechets.fr.
Supporting documentation can be provided upon request.