Why Deane

Sustainability & Social Responsibility


We're deeply committed to ensuring our partners share our values and commit with us to preserve the planet and the people who live on it.

Our Focus

We are delighted to find ourselves sharing these value and beliefs with so many of our customers and we invite you to join us on this important journey. Our focus throughout this journey has had four main components:

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    Ethical Sourcing

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    Sustainable Practices

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    Product Sustainability

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    Social Responsibility

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Ethical & Responsible Sourcing

Our values must be experienced in every transaction we participate in. We set up a self-evaluation list of criteria for our supply chain many years ago but are now moving all our Supply Partners onto a Global Supply Chain Compliance (GSCC) platform, to audit through Workplace Conditions Assessment (WCA), an auditing arm of Intertek. Thus we will be recording compliance with fair labour practices, which include the freedom to work, zero tolerance of modern slavery and child labour, fair wages, and reasonable working conditions. Our partners will be evaluated on an internationally recognized platform and will be given the opportunity to create and deliver to a Corrective Action Plan (CAP).

 
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Sustainable Practices

Health and Safety
Our world-class Health and Safety program is managed through the online VAULT program, which formalises the practices necessary to ensure our people return home safely every working day.

Recycling
Our commitment to recycling has seen us actively engaged in diverting returned uniforms from landfill and instead sending them to recycling plants, where they are reduced to fiber and developed into products such as insulation or felted blankets.

We're always striving to do better and there is still so much more we can do in this space. In the future as technology advances we intend to recycle uniforms to original yarn and reload this back into fiber streams for re-use. We believe that by being in this space we, too, can continue to change the current models of disposal.

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Product Sustainability

It is Deane’s driving ambition to disrupt the linear and unsustainable model of take-make-use-dispose.

We are partnering with organisations and initiatives that source fibres and fabrics using sustainable methods, such as cotton farmed in accordance with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) protocols. BCI is a non-profit that promotes better standards in cotton farming and practices across 21 countries.

End of Garment Life
Deane is committed to designing its ranges with the “end of life” of the garment in mind, and we are researching to source fibers and blends that will de-compose within 36 months when placed into landfill.

Packaging Waste Reduction
We have also evolved our packaging to reduce waste. Our packaging bags specifications include the requirement that they will break down to biomass and humus within 6-36 months of entering an anaerobic environment such as landfill. We have reduced the packaging pins and clips by 95% in all our specs for product.

 
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Social Responsibility

We donate corporate clothing to Dress for Success, a praiseworthy charity which helps women return to the workforce.

As the majority of the staff within our supply line are female, Deane has taken an active interest in the freedom of women to work, as we believe the next generation will benefit from a world where working equality is the norm. We work with Reemi, a non-profit organisation that provides assistance to the female population in disadvantaged societies, where women are forced to remain away from their workplace one week out of every month. Deane helps Reemi by developing sustainable products that enable these women to work with dignity when they choose to.
Continuing the family theme, we also work with Ronald McDonald House, donating uniforms for the workers employed by this worthy charity.

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