Zalando, ABOUT YOU and NET-A-PORTER are joining to create a educational Sustainability platform to support their brand partners in setting climate targets.
The sustainability platform will help brand partners reduce their greenhouse gas emissions at no cost. The work forms a critical part of the three retailers’ own respective climate journeys, with each having already set ambitious reduction targets themselves through the Science Based Targets initiative.
Brand partners will be provided with step-by-step learning on how to unlock the complex journey of measuring emissions, set ambitious targets that align with climate science, and submit them for approval to the Science Based Targets initiative. It will also provide a dedicated space for fashion brands to engage with one another and with sustainability experts.
We see an industry-changing momentum in aligning greenhouse gas emission reduction pathways with science. More than 1,500 companies had their targets approved by the SBTi as of July 2022. We have set science-based targets approved by the SBTi and are benefitting from our efforts now. 46.6% of our partners on greenhouse gas emissions had their targets approved by February 2022. We invite the remaining business partners to do the same.Hannes Wiese, co-founder and co-CEO at ABOUT YOU
The initiative, which is antitrust-compliant and run in collaboration with sustainability consultancy Quantis, will be launched as a pilot with selected brand partners in Autumn 2022. In 2023, it will become available to all eligible brand partners. Looking forward, the three online retailers see potential for the platform to become an industry-wide initiative open to all interested fashion brands and retailers committed to ambitious climate action and creating a more sustainable future for fashion.