Responsible fashion means taking responsibility all along the chain – from manufacturing to recycling. One of the advantages of the work we do is that it gives us the chance to contribute to social development. In many instances, in alliance with our colleagues in the fashion industry, because we know that progress means partnering
In addition to KappAhl’s own initiatives, we actively support a large number of organisations campaigning for sustainable development for the textile industry and those who work in it. We also support organisations working for a cleaner environment, and those campaigning for the rights of people at risk in society, and for the right of children to just be children, in Europe and globally.
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KappAhl Responsible Actions
Our efforts to contribute to long-term sustainable development in society are grouped under the banner KappAhl Responsible Actions. One of our projects is an education centre for disadvantaged women in Bangladesh, and we are also campaigning for more sustainable cotton farming.
The funds donated via Responsible Actions are raised from different parts of KappAhl’s operations, in which customer donations make a big difference. One example is that the proceeds of our One Bag Habit scheme are donated in full to sustainable development projects in the countries where we operate. In our Fine as I am campaign, our customers’ donations also make a vital difference.
Learn more about our fundraising over the last year, and where the money goes in our Annual Report.
These are the organisations supported by KappAhl Responsible Actions:
Children’s Rights in Society (Sweden) is a politically independent, non-denominational children’s rights organisation that listens to, supports and improves children’s and young people’s rights in society. The organisation offers children and adolescents safe, anonymous and free counselling by email, chat or phone. The callers are minors who have suffered physical or mental abuse or who for any other reason need the support and advice of a knowledgeable and caring adult. Bris is the Swedish children’s rights organisation KappAhl supports via its Fine as I am campaign.
Read more about Bris here.
Kors på Halsen (Norway) is the Norwegian children’s rights organisation run by the Norwegian Red Cross. The organisation offers free, anonymous counselling to children and young people from 200 voluntary, highly-trained adults, covering concerns and problems on every scale. The organisation listens, supports and inspires hope in supplement to public-sector support. Kors på Halsen is the Norwegian children’s rights organisation KappAhl supports through its Fine as I am campaign.
Read more about Kors på Halsen here.
The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (Finland) campaigns for the welfare of children and families, to increase respect for the rights of the child and to lobby for the perspective of the child in public policy-making. The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare is the Finnish children’s rights organisation KappAhl supports through its Fine as I am campaign.
Read more about Mannerheimförbundet here.
Empowering Children Foundation (Polen) was established in 1991. The Foundation campaigns for children and the rights of the child, and its services include national helplines for children and young people. The Empowering Children Foundation is the Polish children’s rights organisation KappAhl supports through its Fine as I am campaign.
Read more about Empowering Children Foundation here.
The Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation campaigns to reduce littering, increase recycling and promote personal and organisational environmental responsibility by educating children and young people in environmental awareness. The Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation is the Swedish environmental organisation KappAhl supports through its One Bag Habit initiative.
Read more about Håll Sverige Rent here.
The Norwegian Retailers’ Environment Fund is an alliance of Norwegian retailers working to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags and general littering. Handelens Miljøfond is the Norwegian environmental organisation KappAhl supports through its One Bag Habit initiative.
Read more about Handelens Miljøfond here.
The Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association campaigns to keep the Finnish coastlines, lakes, beaches and archipelago clean, and seeks solutions to make recreational boating and port and marina operations more eco-friendly. The Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association is the Finnish environmental organisation KappAhl supports through its One Bag Habit initiative.
Read more about Håll Skärgården Ren here.
Our Earth Foundation focuses primarily on eco-education, and runs projects to raise awareness of environmental protection and sustainable development. Nasza Ziemia is the Polish environmental organisation KappAhl supports through its One Bag Habit initiative.
Read more about Nasza Ziemia here.
The Hunger Project is an NGO campaigning to eliminate hunger and poverty. With women in focus, they offer education and empower people to take control of social development and eliminate famine. The aim is to help people to become self-sufficient to the stage where The Hunger Project is no longer needed.
Read more about The Hunger Project here.
TCM Bangladesh campaigns for the rights of children and women in Bangladesh. The day-to-day activities at KappAhl’s education centre in Dhaka are run by this NGO. At the education centre, women in poverty are offered education and training to enable them to work in the textile industry and thereby provide for themselves and their family.
Read more about TCM Bangladesh here.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. UNHCR works to ensure that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State after being forced to leave their country of origin because of violence, persecution, armed conflict or other threats.
Read more about UNHCR here.
Gothenburg City Mission helps people in distress in the Gothenburg district of Sweden. Through voluntary work, this NGO carries out a diverse range of activities for the benefit of socially disadvantaged people.
Read more about Göteborgs kyrkliga stadsmission here.
Majblomman is a Swedish charity that for more than a century has partnered with organisations serving the interests of children through lobbying activities calling for policy-makers to interpret the law from the perspective of the child. Children who sell the annual “Mayflower” charity pin get to keep the proceeds as a token of their empowerment.
Read more about Majblomman here.
ERIKS carries out initiatives for education, health and safety to give children and adolescents around the world a brighter future. The organisation has many offshoots, including charity shops, projects and material aid in developing countries.
Read more about Erikshjälpen here.
Save the Children Sweden is a children’s rights organisation working to ensure respect for the rights of the child in Sweden and internationally. They campaign for all children to have a safe and healthy childhood in which their voice is heard, which allows them to influence their own situation. The work is long-term, but Save the Children also respond to disasters and armed conflict situations with emergency life-saving aid.
Read more about Rädda Barnen here.
Städa Sverige is an environmental organisation for young people and associations, wholly owned by the Swedish sports and athletics movement. For 20 years, the organisation has involved children and adolescents in litter-picking in different parts of Sweden. To date, the project has collected 1.6 million bags of litter from an area corresponding to nine times Earth’s circumference. This sponsored project has raised almost SEK 200 million in aid of Swedish sports and athletics.
Read more about Städa Sverige here.
Faktum was founded in 2001 and is a newspaper sold by homeless people. The vendors sell the paper to earn money, but also as a way of taking responsibility, planning their day, and achieving a routine and social interaction. Faktum also hosts an annual stage show and football championships for homeless people in Gothenburg.
Read more about Tidningen Faktum here.
Other organisations we are active members of:
Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a leading alliance for businesses, trade associations and NGOs campaigning for worker rights. KappAhl has been a member since 2016. We comply with the ETI’s guidelines and engage within its network for joint action on manufacturing-chain challenges though social dialogue, the right to collective bargaining and the rights of migrant workers.
Read more about Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) here.
Sweden Textile Water Initiative (STWI) is a private-public partnership between the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SIWI (Stockholm International Water Institute), Sweden Textile Water Initiative Brands and their suppliers and sub-suppliers. KappAhl is a co-founder of the project and has been an active member since 2010. STWI’s vision is a transition to widescale sustainable manufacturing through partnering.
Read more about Sweden Textile Water Initiative here.
Textile Exchange is a global organisation dedicated to a more sustainable textiles industry. Its members are stakeholders in the industry, who share knowledge and exchange experience on everything from chemical processes and traceability in advocacy of sustainable development minimising the textile industry’s adverse impacts on people and the environment.
Read more about Textile Exchange here.
Stica, Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action, was launched jointly by KappAhl, Peak Performance, H&M, Sustainable Fashion Academy and Elco in 2018. Any textiles and fashion organisation can join Stica on condition that it commits to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 per cent by 2030, and aims to be climate positive well before 2050. Stica is committed to serving as an action learning network, whereby its members are allied in sharing knowledge and implementing solutions for achieving sustainable change.
Read more about Stica here.
Wargön Innovation heads up the WargoTex Development project promoting the development of large-scale systems and sorting technologies for reuse and recycling of textiles in close partnership with charities, fashion retailers and other industry stakeholders. The project is funded by ReSource, Sweden’s largest-scale research and innovation initiative in resource and waste management, and KappAhl is assisting as a project participant to offer industry expertise.
Read more about Wargön Innovation here.
SAC, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, is an organisation working for a sustainable fashion industry. SAC’s Higg Index is a suite of tools for measuring and scoring supplier and product sustainability performance and contributes to long-term sustainable improvements for factory workers, communities and the environment. Through harmonised working methods and processes, the industry will also provide the transparency that is increasingly being demanded by consumers. We joined SAC in 2018.
Read more about SAC here.
Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is the non-profit organisation that created the global Better Cotton standard for more sustainable cotton production. KappAhl has been an active member since 2011. BCI works holistically across the cotton supply chain, from smallholder farmers to retailers, advising cotton growers on reduced use of water and pesticides for their crops.
Read more about Better Cotton Initiative here.
Clean Shipping Network unites both carriers and freight forwarders who have committed to using the Clean Shipping Index in their shipping operations. The aim is to improve the shipping industry’s environmental performance. KappAhl has been a member since 2009.
Read more about Clean Shipping Network here.
Fossile Free Sweden is a Swedish initiative comprising 350 stakeholders nationwide, representing, businesses, local authorities, regions and organisations. Fossil Free Sweden is working for a fossil-free world, and believes that Sweden should take the lead in this effort. Members commit to implementing and demonstrating targeted actions for reduced emissions. KappAhl has been a member since 2015.
Read more about Fossile Free Sweden here.
Canopy works with brands globally to protect the world’s forests, species and climate. The aim is to create sustainable supply chains for viscose and other textile materials from forests, and to promote innovative solutions to environmental challenges. KappAhl has been a member since 2016 and is working towards exclusively using viscose fibre from sustainably managed forests.
Read more about Canopy here.
Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) unites key industry players committed to taking collective action to grow a prosperous organic cotton sector that benefits everyone – from farmer to consumer. KappAhl has been part of this network since 2016 and is working to align its conditions for the benefit of organic farmers and organisations involved in the field with organic farming programmes.
Read more about Organic Cotton Accelerator here.
Accord on Building and Fire Safety in Bangladesh is a legally binding agreement to guarantee a safer working environment for millions of textile workers in Bangladesh. KappAhl joined the movement in 2013 alongside more than 200 international industry colleagues, trade unions and employee associations.
Read more about Accord on Building and Fire Safety in Bangladesh here.
The Chemical Group at Swerea is a knowledge-building network offering guidelines on chemicals restrictions and strategies. Experts share legal requirements and break down complex information to make it easily understood for use in a company’s day-to-day work with chemicals. Our affiliation with this group makes KappAhl better informed in laying down strict requirements regarding chemicals management for sub-suppliers and in responding to questions from both consumers and news media.
Read more about The Chemical Group at Swerea here.
QuizRR develops innovative training solutions for improving social conditions in the textile industry. QuizRR offers factory workers in countries such as China and Bangladesh gamified training modules on tablets to educate them in social dialogue and worker rights. KappAhl signed up as a member in 2016.
Read more about QuizRR here.
Rules and codes of conduct we comply with:
United Nations Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Since 2016, KappAhl has based its sustainability efforts on the UN Agenda 2030 and its 17 goals for sustainable development. The goals have been adopted by member states around the globe to reduce poverty, protect the planet and bring prosperity to all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. As a global company within the private sector, KappAhl is working to achieve the UN goals.
Read more here.
ILO – Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
Our code of conduct is based on the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work: promoting rights, fair employment prospects, improving welfare protection and strengthening dialogue on work-related concerns. The rights are universal and apply to people worldwide, regardless of their national economy. The declaration emphasises that economic growth alone is no guarantee of non-discrimination and social progress.
Read more here.
The Swedish national environmental quality objectives
As a Swedish company, KappAhl is committed to achieving the Swedish national environmental quality objectives. Sweden’s environmental objectives system comprises a generational objective, 16 environmental quality objective and 20 milestone targets.
Read more here.
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
GRI is an international organisation that helps businesses and governments understand and communicate their impact on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, and human rights. KappAhl reports annually on its sustainability in accordance with GRI’s standards core.
Read more here.
OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
OECD has laid down guidelines on responsible corporate conduct for multinational enterprises. KappAhl abides by the guidelines and takes actions to detect and prevent any adverse impacts in our activities and processes.
Read more here.
2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment
In 2017, Global Fashion Agenda called on fashion brands and retailers to sign up to actions for transitioning to circular business models. The signatories, including KappAhl, commit to define a strategy, set goals and report on the progress of their implementation.
Read more here.