Sustainability

At Sourceful we're committed to finding intelligent ways for your business to do better.

Being truly sustainable means achieving better outcomes for our planet, the people who live in it and your bottom line.

That’s why here at Sourceful we think of sustainability as the positive and negative impacts we have on three key areas…

Climate

The environmental impact of our products doesn’t end with sourcing sustainable materials, we also look across the lifecycle to assess key outcomes of the production, transportation and consumption of our products, such as greenhouse gas emissions, non-renewable resource usage, waste and land use.

People

The practices and working conditions of the workplaces we partner with need to maintain a high standard of conduct, ensuring we deliver a positive impact to the communities in which we operate.

Economy

The affordability of the products we provide is at the heart of delivering sustainable impact at scale. Sustainability here means working towards an economy where everybody wins: your business and customers, as well as the manufacturers and their workers.

We recognise that there’s a big gap to close and we don’t profess to having all the answers. However, we are committed to driving impact in each of these 3 areas, which has led us to some specific actions.

Climate

We select materials and manufacture partners based on the environmental impact across the lifecycle, from production to end of life.

We aggregate orders to optimise freight space and prioritise sea over air where possible (1), offsetting the CO2 emissions of all our shipments.

People

We have committed to visiting each of our manufacture sites, assessing each facility for its compliance with local laws and a high standard of ethical conduct.

Economy

We foster direct-to-manufacture relationships and aggregate ordering to deliver low unit prices to you.

We employ intelligent product design to optimise for cost, as well as the environment.

Why does it matter?

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We know that we need to take urgent action against climate change (2)

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Supply chains need to fundamentally change for climate outcomes to improve (3)

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Consumers are demanding sustainability from the brands they purchase (4)

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Driving change at scale, must balance convenience, quality, price and sustainability (5)

See how our clients have switched to more sustainable materials, saving on time and costs in our case studies.

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Sources

(1) The IMO found that the GHG emissions of air freight (Boeing 747) versus that of a very large container ship were over 140 times higher per tonne/km. International Maritime Organization (2009). Second IMO greenhouse gas (GHG) study 2009. London.

(2) 2.8 degrees of warming expected by 2100, nearly double the 1.5 degree target set out in the Paris Agreement and above the threshold for triggering significant irreversible damage [https://climateactiontracker.org/publications/governments-still-not-acting-on-climate-crisis/]

(3) 75% of an industry's carbon footprint comes from its supply chain. Huang, Y.A., Weber, C.L. and Matthews, H.S. (2009). Categorization of Scope 3 Emissions for Streamlined Enterprise Carbon Footprinting. Environmental Science & Technology, 43(22), pp.8509–8515.

(4) A poll of 2,175 respondents found that "72% of the UK public think businesses should have a legal responsibility to the planet and people, alongside maximising profits". BLab in collaboration with Regenerate [https://bcorporation.uk/system-upgrade]

(5) A poll by Getty Images in collaboration with yougov found that well over a third of respondents prioritise convenience over environmental impact and are willing to pay only 10-15% more for sustainable products [https://marketing-workbench-assets.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/pdfs/Getty_Images_Visual_GPS_Global_Report_1.pdf]