SCOTCH & SODA RELEASES ITS ANNUAL IMPACT REPORT, OUTLINING THE COMPANY’S APPROACH IN LOWERING ITS ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT
The report includes an EP&L assessment, an analysis of Scotch & Soda’s progress in generating positive change for the planet and its people based on the values of the free spirit of Amsterdam.
Through its material sourcing strategy, Scotch & Soda has been able to implement more organic, recycled and regenerative materials in the reporting year, resulting in a reduced water footprint whilst aiming to decouple impact from business growth.
Fashion brand Scotch & Soda shares its Impact Report for the financial year 2021/2022, revealing the company’s progress in generating positive change for the planet and its people based on the values of the free spirit of Amsterdam, the company’s home city. The report includes the company’s Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) assessment1 calculated over the last 2 years, carried out in partnership with Sustainalize, a new generation of sustainability specialists based in the Netherlands.
Scotch & Soda’s revenue rose to €342,5 million in the reporting year, a 23% year-to-year increase, accompanied by a 34% increase in produced material volumes. With its EP&L assessment at the core of its sustainability strategy, Scotch & Soda considers the environmental impact it causes through its direct and indirect company activities, from raw material production until the end-of-life of a product, translated into a monetary value. Based on this, the company takes accountability over a total EP&L impact of €47,1 million, a 36% increase against last year’s impact, which is substantiated by the overall growth of sales, the expansion of the assessment scope to include licensee products, the replacement of average market data with enriched actual data, and the daily company operations that support the sales growth.
The EP&L assessment reveals that most of the environmental impact of Scotch & Soda is caused by the selection of materials it uses in the collections and occurs in the stage of raw material production, mainly caused by greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and water use. Looking at the EP&L’s Material Intensity metric it shows an increase of only +1% of the impact per kilogram of produced material against an absolute total EP&L increase of +36%. In regards to reducing water consumption – a key element of the company’s strategy – the Water Intensity metric reveals that on an average 1,4 cubic metre is needed to produce 1 kilogram of material, a -5% decrease in comparison to last year’s water footprint. These steps positively demonstrate that through Scotch & Soda’s current material sourcing strategy, which further extends and scales up its uptake of organic, recycled or regenerative materials, the company sets measurable objectives to ultimately decouple the growth of business from the corresponding environmental degradation.
Frederick Lukoff, CEO of Scotch & Soda, comments: “Sustainability has become an essential part of Scotch & Soda’s strategy in the last couple of years, inspired by the values of the free spirit of Amsterdam. One of our top priorities as a team is to run our business with greater sensitivity to people and the planet, by making more responsible choices that reduce our environmental footprint. I am thrilled that this year we start seeing the positive results of the strategy that we have been implementing. Even if we have a long way to go, we can now measure our impact and follow a clear roadmap for the upcoming years. We are looking forward to sustaining this positive trend, and further decouple impact from sales in the future.”
Scotch & Soda acknowledges the fact that it operates in an industry driven by consumption and the extraction of natural resources. At the same time, through innovations and cross-industry collaborations, the company continues to take steps to a turning point of making a positive impact. The introduction of the EP&L and the brand’s second Impact Report marks an important milestone in Scotch & Soda’s sustainability journey to generate positive change for the planet and its people, and sets the foundation for the enrolment of its long-term strategy, set to launch in the beginning of 2023. The long-term strategy will represent a roadmap reflecting the company’s biggest ambitions, as well as a range of comprehensive targets across multiple areas Scotch & Soda aims to achieve by 2030.
Jelle de Jong, Sustainability Director at Scotch & Soda, comments: “We have implemented the EP&L at the core of our sustainability strategy to generate a 360-degree understanding of our environmental footprint across the entire value chain, from cradle to grave. These insights support us in having maximum impact in those areas that need it the most, and allow us to establish measurable and time-bound objectives. This approach goes hand-in-hand with our work of obtaining full product traceability down to the stage of raw material production, giving us the opportunity to deal with social and environmental challenges that fit the needs of a specific location.”
Misha Elkerbout, Senior Consultant of Corporate Sustainability at Sustainalize, adds: “Sustainalize is thrilled to have partnered with Scotch & Soda and to have created an environmental profit & loss together. EP&L information is essential in understanding the total impact an organization has on the environment. When an organization understands its overall environmental impact, it is better equipped to manage it and become a sustainable company. When using Sustainalize’s EP&L methods, Scotch & Soda’s relies on the most up-to-date science, data and methodologies to steer the company to become even more sustainable.”
Highlights in the 2021/2022 Impact Report include information about the planet, people and the fact sheet.
Please click here to access and download the full Scotch & Soda’s Impact Report for the reporting year