Why Deane

Corporate Social Responsibility: Because there's always a better way


We're on a journey towards sustainability and social responsibility because this big, beautiful planet is home to all of us. We recognise a duty of care to the environment and to the people that share it.

Our Focus

Our corporate social responsibility strategy makes a difference in four areas:

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    Ethical Offshore Sourcing

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    Sustainable Practices

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    Product Sustainability

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    A Second Life for Deane Garments

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Ethical Offshore Sourcing

Deane requires minimum workplace conditions, including the freedom to work, zero tolerance for modern slavery and child labour, fair wages and reasonable working conditions, from its offshore factory suppliers. These suppliers are independently audited for us by global Total Quality Assurance provider Intertek, using the international Workplace Conditions Assessment.

 
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Sustainable Practices

Deane's own Christchurch factory not only cuts lead times and gives customers the options of short production runs and a broad range of sizes, its garments come without the shipping miles of their international equivalents, trimming our carbon footprint.

Further cuts come from our packaging waste reduction programme, introduced in 2018. This has reduced the use of pins and clips in our garment packaging by 95 percent. Individual plastic garment bags will be phased out over the next year, and plastic box liners by 2021.

We're going green in our work spaces, too. We've reduced the need for artificial lighting in our Auckland warehouse by retrofitted it with high-transparency roofing materials. Our offices all have recycling facilities and have moved to low-energy LED lighting.

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Product Sustainability 

Our fabric portfolio includes a steadily expanding range of eco-fabrics available to customers for wear trials and volume production. These sustainable fabrics include a bio-polyamide pique knit made from castor bean oil, a recycled polyester knit derived from plastic bottles, UMORFIL Beauty Fibre made from marine collagen and garment scraps, and FILAGEN® knit, a blend of collagen peptides and cellulose fibres. Our goal is to make it easy for you to choose the right sustainable workwear for your organisation.

 
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A Second Life for Deane Garments

Deane Apparel is an active contributor to The Formary, an organisation pioneering textile re-use. We collaborate with other businesses through the Sustainable Business Network, and we also donate garments to charities such as The Salvation Army, Dress For Success, Holy Cross School and Quality Education Services.

 

We treat sustainability the same way we approach the rest of our business: we're always looking for a better way. Our commitment is to work with customers and our partners to be more sustainable right across the supply chain. We're on the journey and we'd love to have you along too.

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