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From ensuring Human Rights in our factories to decreasing Water Usage in our production, we’ve put meaningful effort into improving the sustainability of our products.

We work collaboratively with our supplier partners around the world to incentivize sustainability improvements. We assess our environmental impact and address human rights issues in our factories before we begin to work with them. On a quarterly basis, we discuss cross-functional and detailed feedback with our sourcing and manufacturing teams on factory sustainability performance, through the use of supplier scorecards. This process ensures that our suppliers understand the importance of sustainability in our sourcing strategy, as we incorporate these factors into all our decision making.


Our social impact across our supply chain refers to the ways we can affect the people and communities where our products are made. At Aritzia, our goal is to ensure we contribute toa healthy and productive society and uphold the human rights of those who work with us. To do so, we use a number of frameworks, including the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights.

We’ve been focused on the following priorities to address social impact across our supply chain:

  • Making our products ethically and responsibly
  • Upholding human rights
  • Advancing economic security for our partners’ people
  • Amplifying the voices of workers
  • Responding to COVID-19



We aim to work with best-in-class factories and mills, which are defined by their product quality and how work is conducted. We integrate human rights and environmental performance into our onboarding process and frequently assess our partners, using overall supplier scorecards.

In 2020, we partnered with a non-profit organization specializing in labour rights and supply chains, to review and evolve our Workplace Standards Monitoring Program for our finished goods suppliers.


We conduct an onboarding assessment for each new factory, which includes a review of employment practices, labour rights, working hours, wages, freedom of association and health and safety — among other areas. These standards are outlined in our code of conduct which is signed by our supply chain partners. The code of conduct aligns with leading fashion-industry standards, as established by international frameworks such as the International Bill of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code.

Decisions around responsible sourcing are made at both a federal and factory level. Aritzia has a cross-functional country analysis process, including a review of the human rights guidelines and the environmental context of a country, before determining whether to conduct business there. This approach allows us to integrate sustainability into our decision-making from the very start.


Once a factory is onboarded, we continue to assess supplier performance against our code of conduct, using local and independent specialists. Elevate and Impactt are our preferred partners. In an effort to build relationships based on transparency and trust, we prefer to announce all audits. If needed, unannounced audits may be conducted. Our teams also organize visits to build relationships and trust with our partners — and to ensure that remediation and improvements are both sustainable and upheld.

When we discover opportunities for improvement, we work collaboratively to develop a corrective action plan. Aritzia provides additional support in the form of in-person consulting with local expert organizations and online training. If a manufacturer is unable or unwilling to rectify issues, we’ll reconsider our business relationship with them, while ensuring that the rights and best interests of their workers are upheld.


For more information on our supply chain transparency, please see our page on the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.


We’re continuously looking for ways to amplify our positive impact in the communities where we work.


We've partnered with the ILO-IFC Better Work Program, signaling to supply chain partners, governments and workers that labour rights and decent working conditions are a necessary precondition at Aritzia.

Better Work is a partnership between the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) — a member of the World Bank Group. Better Work is a comprehensive program that brings together all levels of the global garment industry to improve working conditions and respect labour rights for workers, while boosting the competitiveness of apparel businesses.

In their factory engagement services, Better Work provides both assessment and training. Better Work Advisors work in partnership with factories on an on-going basis to build long-term, sustainable solutions to improve working conditions. Experienced in local and national laws, Better Work Advisors establish trusted relationships with factories and foster strong, effective dialogue between workers, trade unions and management.


Our work spans multiple countries and touches many lives. We’re committed to conducting our work in a respectful way that aims to understand and address systemic industry challenges. This includes using a gender and intersectional lens in our supply chain work. Our Supplier Workplace Standards Program reviews and analyzes workforce demographics to understand where gaps may be and what opportunities are available to support workers in our supply chain in an equitable and fair manner. In 2021, we’re continuing to focus on economic security and personal and professional development opportunities for our partners’ people.


With a robust Supplier Workplace Standards Program for our tier 1 finished goods facilities established, we’re beginning to expand our focus. We’ve been developing a Supplier Workplace Standards Program to help monitor our tier 2 fabric mill and trim suppliers, which we’ll roll out in 2021. This will allow us to build deeper relationships and expand our impact to more countries, communities and people.


We recognize our responsibility to uphold human rights and are committed to do so in line with international standards and best practices. In 2020, Aritzia conducted a Human Rights Impact Assessment across our value chain. The results from this assessment will drive the enhancement of our mitigation strategies and provide further support as we build out our programming in line with industry best practices.

In 2021 we’re updating our mitigation strategies, focusing on addressing the most critical human rights issues and developing a Human Rights Policy. Throughout this work, we’ll continue to review our human rights impact and adjust our work as required.


Everyone has a right to economic security. We recognize this is a complex topic requiring collaboration from multiple stakeholders. We’re committed to:

  • Working with suppliers to ensure our code of conduct, human rights and best industry practices are upheld and respected.
  • Collaborating with appropriate stakeholders and experts to develop strategies that advance economic security across our supply chain.
  • Reviewing our practices and encouraging two-way dialogue with our suppliers to collaboratively develop a roadmap towards economic security.

Each of the finished goods suppliers we work with participates in our Supplier Workplace Standards Program (see above for more details).

Over the past year we developed a data collection methodology and framework to support our information gathering and wage analysis as part of deepening our understanding of wages across our supply chain. With this information, we’re building wage ladders throughout our supply chain and defining next steps.

We also developed a 360 scorecard for our suppliers to provide feedback on how we work with them across multiple areas. In 2021, we’ll introduce these questions to our supply chain partners. We look forward to deepening our relationships and gathering information on our practices to see how we’re performing and where we have opportunities to grow.


Effective and accessible communication channels are key to informing how we work. Supporting our supply chain partners in maintaining appropriate communication channels that allow for anonymous feedback and two-way dialogue is a top priority. Our supplier code of conduct requires our suppliers to offer grievance management systems. We regularly monitor performance, knowing we can do more to support our suppliers as they strengthen their own systems.

Over the past year, we’ve examined opportunities both inside and outside of our industry to inform us as we work to amplify the voices of those who work in our supply chain. The information we gathered fueled our development of a multi-stakeholder Worker Voice Pilot Project.

We’re excited to implement our newly developed Worker Voice Pilot Project in select factories in 2021.

Once the project is implemented, we’ll share more information on our partners as well as our approach and learnings.


During this unprecedented time, Aritzia has partnered closely with our factories to understand and monitor the impact of COVID-19 on their business and employees. We’re committed to sharing available and relevant resources as required, especially related to best practice health and safety measures. We continue to adhere to the national Health and Safety COVID-19 protocols as we monitor labour standards.

COVID-19 has significantly impacted millions of garment workers in countries dependent on the textile industry. The ILO issued a global call-to-action, COVID-19: Action in the Global Garment Industry, to protect workers’ income, health and employment as well as suppliers’ survival. Already aligned with the principles and actions outlined in the statement — which includes paying for finished goods, not cancelling any orders already in production, promoting health and safety standards, and emphasizing social protection for workers — we formally endorsed it.

Nearly one year since signing this commitment, Aritzia maintains the promise outlined in the statement, and will continue to do so.


The environmental impacts of raw material production, fabric processing and product manufacturing are significant. It’s crucial to be conscious of emissions, water, chemistry and waste impacts of our raw material choices and manufacturing partners.


Across the fashion business, raw material production is where some of the highest environmental impact sit — including water, biodiversity and carbon impacts. Therefore, it’s one of our biggest opportunities to reduce GHG emissions, biodiversity impacts and water usage. Over the last few years, we’ve made significant improvement through adopting sustainable alternatives for our top raw materials and are committed to continual progress.

Aritzia uses the Textile Exchange “preferred” fibre or material to identify sustainable resources. We define this as a fibre or material that is ecologically or socially progressive and has been selected because it has more sustainable properties in comparison to conventional options. To achieve a “preferred” status, the fibre or material must have a recognized sector standard in place that confirms its status as “preferred”, and have sustainability criteria developed through a formalized multi-stakeholder process, which includes objective tests to verify its superior sustainability attributes, such as a peer-reviewed Life Cycle Assessment. In our Spring and Summer 2021 collections, 40% of our styles use “preferred” fibres or materials, including the materials below. Aritzia has been a member of Textile Exchange since 2019 and completes the Corporate Fibre and Materials Benchmark annually. The results from 2019 reporting cycle can be found here.

From Forest to Fabric
FROM FOREST TO FABRIC Forests are key to global biodiversity; therefore, responsible management of forests is at the forefront of our sourcing of viscose and other wood-based materials. To protect endangered and ancient forests, Aritzia has committed to source viscose and related wood-based materials like TENCEL™ modal, TENCEL™ lyocell and triacetate materials from more sustainable sources including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified fabrics. Canopy is a non-profit organization focused on the protection of ancient and endangered forests. When Aritzia signed onto the Canopy commitment, we set a target to source 100% of our wood-based cellulosic fibres from forests that are not endangered or ancient. We met this target by mapping our resources of wood-based cellulosic and working with our supplier partners to ensure that the raw materials came from providers with an ancient and a forest policy — as confirmed by Canopy.
SUSTAINABLE COTTON While cotton is a natural product, conventional production uses high quantities of water, pesticides and fertilizers. For 2020, we set a target to make 50% of our cotton more sustainable. We surpassed this target, achieving 57% — with 50% Better Cotton, 7% organic cotton and <1% recycled cotton. We are committed to this cause and continue to work to further increase our impact. ORGANIC COTTON Organic cotton is grown without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with raw material production. It’s better for the soil, the environment and workers’ health. A number of our cotton products — including nearly all of our Denim Forum brand — are made with certified organic cotton. Our organic cotton fabrics are certified to Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) and the Organic Cotton Standard (OCS).
From Forest to Fabric
BETTER COTTON INITIATIVE (BCI) Aritzia joined the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in 2017.

Better Cotton is sourced via a system of Mass Balance and is not physically traceable to end products. See for details.

The initiative upholds the following principles:
  • Minimize the use of harmful pesticides
  • Promote water stewardship
  • Care for the health of soil
  • Enhance biodiversity and responsible land use
  • Care for and preserve fibre quality
Responsible Down
RESPONSIBLE DOWN STANDARD (RDS) Down is a key material in our outerwear program. We use goose down because it's one of the world's best insulators, necessary in our colder markets. Down is biodegradable, renewable and recyclable, and it lasts for decades.

We only use goose down that’s certified to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS).

Every step of the supply chain, down to the farm, has been inspected by an accredited independent certification body that upholds the RDS's strict requirements — ensuring our down is sourced from geese who receive adequate food, space, shelter and fresh water, and who are never force-fed or live-plucked.
Responsible Wool
RESPONSIBLE WOOL (RWS) Wool is a naturally sustainable and biodegradable material, constructed to last, provide unparalleled warmth and luxurious softness. Aritzia acknowledges that the quality of wool we use is as important as the animal welfare standards and land management practices. The Responsible Wool Standard certifies wool farmers through to our factories, ensuring that wool comes from farms with a progressive approach to land management, and from sheep that have been treated responsibly in line with the Five Freedoms.
From Forest to Fabric
MICROPLASTICS RESEARCH Microfibres are a type of microplastic shed from textiles, largely during washing. Difficult to capture in current washing machines and wastewater treatment facilities, they often end up in natural ecosystems and are estimated to make up 35% of microplastics in marine environments.

To support the development of solutions to this issue, we’ve collaborated with the Ocean Wise Plastics Lab research team as well as Metro Vancouver, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, The McLean Foundation, OneOcean Expeditions and other retailers. The research will further understanding of the impacts of microfibres and identify opportunities to improve our future manufacturing to reduce the impact on our oceans.
From Forest to Fabric
RECYCLED POLYESTER AND NYLON Sourcing recycled polyester and nylon reduces its carbon footprint and puts waste back into use. We source post-consumer recycled polyester made from used plastic bottles and recycled nylon made from old fishnets — both certified by the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). Using recycled synthetics helps to reduce GHG emissions related to raw material production. In Fall 2020, we released our most sustainable Super Puff™ yet — The Super (Re)Puff™ — which we constructed using a lower emissions material, ECONYL®, regenerated nylon manufactured from post-consumer recycled fishing nets and post-consumer carpets.
From Forest to Fabric
RESPONSIBLE SOURCING & ANIMAL WELFARE We respect our clients’ right to choose products that reflect their personal style and beliefs. We develop products across our collections that have the functionality and look of leather, suede or down but aren't derived from their traditional animal sources.

We don’t use fur or angora on the basis of animal welfare and have banned garment sandblasting based on worker welfare. Aritzia has a comprehensive Materials Sourcing Policy, to which we hold our partners and suppliers accountable. It covers our standards for materials, animal and worker welfare, fabric processes and treatments, and raw material origin and traceability. We obtain chain of custody and facility certificate documentation from our supplier partners to validate all claims that we make.

As shown below, Aritzia’s water footprint is largely upstream at the stage of raw material production and fabric processing. It’s used for irrigation of agricultural raw materials in our products, such as growing cotton, as well as for fibre and fabric washing, processing, dyeing and finishing. To date, our strategy to reduce water consumption has focused on selecting more water-efficient, raw-material alternatives. This includes FSC certified man-made cellulosic, more sustainable cotton, recycled materials, and reducing water usage in high-water-dependent processes, such as denim production. For example, Aritzia’s Denim Forum uses Laser and Nanobubble technology to create the aesthetic our clients want, while also reducing water usage.

Water Impacts

To monitor the environmental performance of our supply chain partners, we adopted the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) in 2018, an industry tool created by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. The Higg FEM is a self-assessment used by suppliers to report on their environmental management and performance against seven key areas: energy management systems, water, effluent, chemicals, energy, emissions and waste.

Aritzia requires Higg FEM completion by all finished good apparel factories, strategic accessories factories and strategic fabric suppliers, with a priority on their wet processing (i.e., dyeing, finishing) facilities, due to their inherent higher and more complex water and chemical impacts.

In 2020, we met our target for 100% of finished-good factories to adopt the Higg FEM. As a result of our high level of engagement with our suppliers through Higg FEM, CDP rated Aritzia as a leader within our industry regarding Supplier Engagement on climate change.

With the findings from the Higg Facility Environmental Module results, we work collaboratively with suppliers to develop Performance Improvement Plans to tackle any opportunities identified. For example, one facility didn’t provide regular training to all employees who work with hazardous waste; as a result of flagging this issue, the facility now provides training to all of these employees on a quarterly basis. We view this as an opportunity for our suppliers to improve environmental management practices through the feedback we receive.

We’re using Higg FEM to review our performance against the industry, and to inform how we work with our suppliers on environmental stewardship. We believe better environmental performance equals better business.

Sustainable Materials


Organic Materials

Plant-based materials like cotton and linen, grown without harmful pesticides or fertilizers. Organic Materials

Why it Matters

Free from harmful chemicals, these materials are better for the environment and farmers’ health. Materials like organic linen can also be grown and produced with very little water.

Product Highlights

Our Summer 21 collections feature higher proportions of linen than ever, while our Denim Forum collection continues to be a hub of organic cotton. We use premium Italian denim made with 100% organic cotton and GreenScreen® certified softeners to leave our denim and the planet feeling better.


Certified to either the Global Organic Textile Standard or Organic Content Standard.
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Recycled Materials

Recycled fabrics made from pre- and post-consumer recycled materials like plastic bottles, fishing nets, down and wool. Recycled Materials

Why it Matters

Recycled fabrics repurpose waste — diverting these materials from the landfill — and require less energy to produce.

Product Highlights

We use innovative performance fabrics like Polartec® recycled microfleece, Econyl® recycled nylon, Re:Down® recycled down and Re.Verso™ regenerated wool across our brands.


Certified to either the Global Recycle Standard or Recycled Content Standard.
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Responsible Forestry

Fabrics made with renewable wood fibers originating from sustainably managed forests. Responsible Forestry

Why it Matters

These wood-based fabrics are produced with lower impact on forests, biodiversity and water supply. Materials like TENCEL™ Lyocell are produced through a closed-loop system that recovers over 99% of solvents used — it’s a highly resource-efficient process.

Product Highlights

We use trusted fabrics like TENCEL™ Lyocell, TENCEL™ Modal and ECOVERO™ Viscose and Forest Stewardship Council certified triacetate across our brands.


TENCEL™ and ECOVERO™ are certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Our triacetate is certified to the FSC.
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