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We’re helping our people and our customers make sustainable choices, reducing our impact on the environment and supporting our communities.

Our sustainability strategy addresses our impact on society and the environment, and is allied with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Focusing on planet, circularity, product, communities and people, we have ambitious 2025 targets based on industry best practice.

We’re committed to transparency, including publishing a list of our tier one, tier two and tier three factories, and contributing details to the Open Apparel Registry.

CEO commitment 

I continue to be proud of our work on sustainability and the progress we are making, and I am confident that we will make even greater strides over the next 12 months.

Henry Birch, Group CEO

Henry Birch

Our progress

80%

recycled content in our dispatch bags

90%

of cotton used in our own brand clothing sourced via the Better Cotton Initiative

11000

female workers supported in Southern India through our five resource centres

70%

reduction in our carbon footprint after switching to renewably sourced energy

Our 2025 targets

Planet

Reach net zero for our direct operations Find out more

Circularity

Offer takeback schemes to consumers across all product typesFind out more

Product

Use sustainable product in 70% of our own brand offering across fashion and homeFind out more

Communities

Launch financial literacy training in five key communitiesFind out more

People

Train 100,000 third party colleagues across our supply chainFind out more
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Planet

We’re investing to set science-based targets and become a carbon-neutral business by 2040

Planet

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Circularity

We’re reducing waste and prolonging the life of products to become a circular business

Circularity

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Product

We’re putting sustainable materials at the centre of our product ranges

Product

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Communities

We’re delivering financial literacy training across communities in the UK and overseas

Communities

Southern India mill recruitment project

People

We’re training 100,000 people in our supply chain in subjects like social dialogue, inclusivity and sustainability

People

Annual report front cover 20/21

CSR Report 2019/20

Sustainability at The Very Group