As a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, we are committed to measuring and improving our operations in line with our strategic circular economy ambitions. To do this, our Sustainability team have used the Ellen MacArthur Foundations digital measuring tool, Circulytics. Circulytics has enabled us to develop a comprehensive picture of our circularity across each area of our business. In doing so, we have been able to identify opportunities for innovation and measure our progress.
We have now received feedback from our very first assessment and are delighted to have been awarded a grade B. Our results highlighted that we are significantly out performing other organisations in the fashion industry in the following areas: innovation, strategy and planning, people and skills, operations and services.
ACS Head of Sustainability, Michael Cusack said: “ACS have provided advanced clothing solutions to circular models, like rental and resale, for c. 25 years now. The very foundations of ACS were built upon innovative and environmentally conscious decision-making and that remains a core element of our business strategy to this day.
From designing out waste in our internal operations to developing and delivering inhouse qualifications, our commitment to continuous improvement knows no bounds. On our journey towards net-zero, it is vital that we are able to measure and calculate the emissions from our operations in order to plan and map our future progress.
By using the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s robust Circulytics tool, we were able to measure the circularity of our operations and gather insights on what areas of our business can be improved. The robust data collected using the Circulytics tool continues to inform strategic decisions and enables us to provide full transparency to our brand partners.
We are pleased with our first Circulytics score of grade B. This score sets us significantly above the benchmark for the UK fashion industry as we pioneer the transition towards circular fashion in a traditionally linear industry.”