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Responsibility at Tekla

Tekla recognises its responsibility as a brand to mitigate its impact. We design for longevity and produce responsibly, aspiring to move beyond just compliance with social and environmental requirements.

Climate action
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We are in a climate crisis and the textile industry has a key role to play – it’s responsible for an estimated 10% of global carbon emissions, according to the European Parliament. Reducing this output is incredibly challenging, but we recognise our responsibility to decarbonise our operations and as much as possible while supporting a growing business.

GHG emission
categories

% of our
GHG emissions
Scope 1
Activities that involve the combustion,
0.00%

or leakage, of fuel (e.g. company vehicles) at any owned or operated facilities, in our case the office, any warehouses, or own stores.

Scope 2
Purchased energy for any owned or
0.72%

operated facilities, in our case the office, any warehouses, or own stores.

Scope 3
Purchased goods and services, the
82.96%
Category 1
production of our products.

Scope 3
Downstream transportation, the
12.63%
Category 9
transportation and distribution of our


products from our warehouse to the customer.

Scope 3
Upstream transportation, the
2.96%
Category 4
transportation and distribution of our


products from our tier 1 supplier to our warehouse.

Scope 3
Employee business travel and hotels.
0.51%
Category 6


Scope 3
Waste generated in operations,
0.13%
Category 5
emissions from treatment of waste


generated by activities at owned or


operated facilities.

Scope 3
Employee commuting to work.
0.06%
Category 7


Scope 3
Fuel and energy related activities not
0.04%
Category 3
included in scope 1 and 2

Total

100%
Company carbon footprint 2021: Data showing the percentage of our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2021 taken across categories from the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
GHG emission
categories

% of our
GHG emissions
Scope 1
Activities that
0.00%

involve the combustion, or leakage of fuel (e.g. company vehicles) at any owned or operated facilities, in our case the office, any warehouses, or own stores.

Scope 2
Purchased
0.72%

energy for any owned or operated facilities, in our case the office, any warehouses, or own stores.

Scope 3
Purchased
82.96%
Category 1
goods and


services, the production of our products.

Scope 3
Downstream
12.63%
Category 9
transportation,


the transportation and distribution of our products from our warehouse to the customer.

Scope 3
Upstream
2.96%
Category 4
transportation,


the transportation and distribution of our products from our tier 1 supplier to our warehouse.

Scope 3
Employee
0.51%
Category 6
business travel


and hotels.

Scope 3
Waste
0.13%
Category 5
generated in


operations, emissions from treatment of waste generated by activities at owned or


operated facilities.

Scope 3
Employee
0.06%
Category 7
commuting to


work.

Scope 3
Fuel and
0.04%
Category 3
energy


related activities not included in scope 1 and 2

Total

100%
Company carbon footprint 2021: Data showing the percentage of our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2021 taken across categories from the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

Actions taken

We worked with Plan A – a platform for automated carbon accounting, , ESG management and reporting – to measure our for the first time, using the most established and credible methodology: the . This covered and .

Results

Measuring is challenging and resource-heavy. This is especially true for , which is less in a company’s control – many companies of our size often avoid measuring it altogether. However, this is where the vast majority of a company’s emissions come from, so this is a priority for us moving forward.    

View a breakdown of our emissions in our first company carbon footprint (CCF) report from Plan A here.

From the measurements we gathered we can see that, as expected, three out of five of our biggest impact areas come from our . These are: 83% from purchased goods and services, which is the production of our products; 13% from transportation, which is the transportation and distribution of our products from our warehouse to the customer; 3% from distribution, which is the transport and distribution of our products from our to our warehouse. 

As we don’t have direct control in these areas, they are the most challenging to change. We know that to achieve the greatest possible impact, we will need to engage our partners in this journey too. We have begun work on an action plan and are excited to work closely with our suppliers and other relevant stakeholders. 

In the area where we have the most control – 0.5% from employee business travel – we have already started to mitigate our footprint. We began working with Goodwings, a hotel booking platform that measures greenhouse gas emissions from business travel and accommodation then offsets them via a registered project. 

We hope this initiative will engage and educate our employees on the greenhouse gas emissions related to travel and drive more responsible decision-making, though the ultimate goal is to reduce and not offset. 

A note on how we collected data

The emissions data Plan A used to calculate our footprint comes primarily from the . We recognise this LCA data is secondary and not perfect, but at the time of measuring it was the best available to us. We used this data as a starting point in estimating our impact so we can start to take action in mitigating it. Moving forward, we believe more accurate data is crucial, so we will work to improve our methodology year on year.  

We’ve also taken data from our business activities and finance. This includes the weight and material composition of our products in 2021, employee business travel receipts and waste produced by our office. 

Goals

  • – 45% reduction in emissions by 2025.

  • – Create a plan that covers emissions, in line with our growth targets.

  • – Annually calculate our company footprint and publish progress in reaching targets.

Read our annual report
Here, you can find information on our sustainability initiatives and business practices.
We divide this work into the four key sections that are most relevant to our daily business – climate action, materials, traceability and social impact. We will report on these annually.
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Climate action
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Materials
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Traceability
Social Impact
Social impact
Customer Care
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