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Alpkit moves to more sustainable model after report release

Alpkit is reviewing practices at all of its factories, donating 1.5 tonnes of outdoor gear as well as £200,000 to its own foundation as part of a move to create a more sustainable business model.
The move come as the firm releases a sustainability report which it believes is the first of its kind by a UK outdoor company. The Nottinghamshire-based adventure brand, released the report, clearly setting out its commitment to leading environmentally, socially and economically sustainable business practices.

“We’ve grown a lot since 2004,” said Alpkit co-founder and Managing Director Nick Smith, “and we’ve really set about building Alpkit as a business that we ourselves would want to work for: a vibrant, viable, sustainable brand for multi-sport adventure enthusiasts.”

After publishing its detailed sustainability policy last year, Alpkit has committed to producing an annual sustainability report, as it continues its progress towards B Corporation accreditation. The first report sets out Alpkit’s commitment to responsible business practices both in the UK, and in all of the countries in which it operates.

The six pillars of the report cover building a circular economy, respecting the environment, animal welfare, supply chain responsibility, being a good employer. and giving back to the community.

Examples of what Alpkit is doing include:

  • Being founder members of the Single Use Plastics Projects and Microfibre Consortium
  • Using 100% responsibly sourced down
  • Reviewing 100% of its factories in the last 18 months
  • Achieving a 0.5% gender pay gap (excluding board)
  • Donating £200,000 to the Alpkit Foundation
  • Giving 1.5 tonnes of outdoor gear, donated to the Continuum project, a new home.

“In 2019 we wrote down all our principles to better explain our ideas to customers and staff,” explained CEO David Hanney. “We did this knowing that we don’t have all the answers, that we’re not perfect and all our actions have consequences. And in the hope that, by choosing to do the right thing and aiming to do better each year, we are world-class in what we do.”

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