Guidelines and evaluation
Tierra works by a number of environmental guidelines that ensure we constantly reevaluate our in-house practices, material choices and supply chains.
Ethics We Work By…
- The Fenix Code of Conduct, part of The Fenix Way
- Our Chemical Guideline (RSL)
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is an independent, international standards organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate their impacts on issues such as climate change, human rights and corruption.
Each year we contribute to the Fenix Outdoor Group’s annual GRI Report, relaying, for example, the energy consumption of our suppliers with respect to the fabrics we use. The GRI Report provides a “big picture” view that can show us we’re moving in the right direction with increasing use of recycled polyester, organic cotton, etc. Comiling this data annually allows us to keep re-evaluating and to keep improving.
Organizations and Co-operative Ventures
Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)
Since 2013, Tierra has been a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a trade organization comprised of brands, retailers, manufacturers, governments, NGOs and academic experts representing over a third of the global apparel and footwear market. The SAC works to reduce environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear through The Higg Index—a suite of assessment tools that standardizes the measurement for environmental and social impacts across the product lifecycle and throughout the value chain.
Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA)
Tierra is also member of the Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA), whose vision is an apparel industry that creates happier people, stronger communities, and a resilient planet. SFA’s mission to accelerate this goal involves equipping leaders and entrepreneurs at different levels within the industry with the knowledge and tools needed to develop and drive sustainable apparel innovations.
Fair Labour Association (FLA)
As a part of the Fenix Outdoor Group, Tierra is also a member of the Fair Labour Association (FLA), a multi-stakeholder initiative comprising companies, NGOs, universities and government organizations that strive to improve working conditions in companies sub-contracted to the apparel industry around the globe. Not only does the FLA provide independent assessments of companies and their working conditions, it also offers support and training to help improve conditions and make real, positive contributions to social development.
Finally, Tierra is a member of the Textile Exchange, a global non-profit that works closely with members to drive industry transformation in the use of preferred fibres, integrity and standards, and responsible supply networks.