As the exclusive North American representative of one of the most responsible apparel manufacturers in the world, Interloop Limited, we also want to do our part to make this world a better place.
From our Supplier Code of Conduct to the restaurants we choose to cater a lunch meeting, we want to consider the impact on the planet and on people.
At Interloop North America, we have a multi-level approach to pre-screen factories before we source products from them. Every new and existing supplier must meet our standards and requirements for business, quality, legal, environmental, and social standards. Our Quality & Compliance program includes factory audits, certification, product testing, and inspection. We offer our customers products made from BCI cotton and recycled polyester from GRS approved sources. We have set goals for 3D (virtual) sampling, working with key suppliers and customers to reduce sample wastage in the product development process.
We require our suppliers to comply with all laws in each of the countries where they operate. We also have a thorough Business Code of Conduct, which includes ethical standards such as workers’ health and safety, non-discrimination laws, living wages for workers, and prohibition of child labor.
In 2021, we formed company Responsibility Teams that focus on Environment, Giving, Volunteering, and JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion). This past year, the teams set goals, researched, engaged the surrounding community, and reported quarterly in an effort to meet our lofty goals. Not only does this help serve our community, but it also strengthens our culture.
The Giving Team
Our charitable donation practices have evolved over the years. In the beginning, certain members of leadership would determine what charitable organizations would receive the funds we allocated to giving. Then we decided to get input from all employees on which organizations they would like us to support. When the Giving Team was formed in 2021, after careful research and consideration, they selected the organizations for charitable gifting.
In addition to facilitating the giveaway of more than 25,000 pairs of socks, the Giving Team took on the task of researching and implementing a donation-matching program, partnering with the Bright Funds Foundation. Bright Funds makes it easy for our employees to find the causes they care about and multiply their charitable giving with a match from their company using the online platform. The platform also allows employees to find volunteer opportunities and to track their volunteer hours.
Bravo, Giving Team – thank you for doing your part to engage our team and give back to our community!
The Volunteer Team
The Volunteer team has tracked more than 125 employee hours of being the hands and feet for our community in need. Fruit has been packed for food-insecure school children, letters written to soldiers serving our country, and toys are given to our tiniest community members. We also partner with Panera Bread and their ‘Day-End Dough-Nation’ Program. Any leftovers from our local Panera Bread cafes are picked up by ILNA team members and dropped off at the Maple Springs United Methodist Church food pantry to be distributed to those in need.
The team continues to look for more opportunities for us to be constructive contributors to the community.
The Environment Team
The Environment team continues to educate our employees on the importance and proper ways to recycle all waste – from single use plastics to e-waste, like computer cables and cell phones.
The team also politely reinforces our Green Office Policy, which focuses on conservation in addition to recycling and waste management. Here are some great ideas for office conservation and at-home conservation:
- Office Energy best practices
- Turn off individual office lights at the end of the day
- Turn off conference room lights when leaving the room
- Use quick wash and air-dry settings on the dishwasher
- Home energy considerations
- Contact your energy provider to see if you are eligible for a free energy audit
- Use LED bulbs, task lighting vs overhead, and natural light
- Be aware of hot water as a major energy consumer