Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility
As a member-centered company, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and connected community. And that commitment is about more than our VIP deals or fitness app. It’s about supporting our communities, being good stewards of the environment, and leading by example in how we conduct our business. Here’s how we strive to be a socially responsible company:
Fostering inclusive and empowered communities
Fabletics was founded as an uplifting and inclusive brand that drives equality across size, body type, ethnicity, gender, age, and ability. We want to inspire everyone to feel like their best selves–bold confident, stylish, and ready for anything.
While that may start with our clothing, it extends to our communities. We donated over $5.0 million in 2021—through direct aid and product donations—supporting causes like racial equality, the health and wellbeing of at-risk groups, and underserved women and children. For example, through our partnership with Good360, a charitable organization that distributes highly needed product donations from corporate partners, we donated over 35 thousand pairs of shorts and leggings to families in need in 2021. We also source from minority-owned businesses and forge relationships with groups like the Black Action Retail Group, Black in Fashion Council, and Howard University to reach and attract candidates from underrepresented groups. From our members to our employees to our partners and neighbors, we aim to bring people together and lift them up.
Safeguarding the environment
Starting with what we take from the planet all the way through to how we return it, we approach every aspect of our business with an eco-conscious mindset. We work with leading mills to develop eco-friendly fabrics and in 2020 we launched an eco-conscious line of apparel to inspire customers with more sustainable choices. Today, 50% of our core fabrics are made from sustainable materials. And to help ensure nothing goes to waste, in 2021 we donated over 5,000 pounds of excess fabric to be recycled for use in building materials and over $5.0 million in excess and returned product to charities—putting it to good use instead of in a landfill. From smaller hangtags made with recycled paper to digitized packing slips to shipping materials made from recycled plastic, no detail is too small. We are continually searching for ways to use less, and ensure what we do use is more sustainable.
Here are two of the more noteworthy programs we’ve put in place to reduce our environmental impact.
In 2021, we achieved CarbonNeutral® company certification in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol, the leading global framework for carbon neutrality. To achieve CarbonNeutral certification we reduce our emissions as much as possible across our offices, fulfillment centers, supply chain and retail stores. We then compensate for unavoidable emissions by offsetting them through projects which reduce the equivalent amount of CO2.
We wanted to extend the lifecycle of our products by giving them new life in a secondary market. So, in 2021, we launched our relationship with online consignment and thrift store, thredUP, to facilitate the resale of our apparel—keeping it in the gyms and out of the landfills. With the click of a button, customers can order a free “clean out” kit that helps them resell their Fabletics gear on thredUP’s site and earn credit to use on future Fabletics purchases.
As part of our commitment to our communities and sustainability, we demand the highest standards from our suppliers to ensure we’re safeguarding worker’s rights and the environment across our footprint. All of our vendors and manufacturers must commit to complying with our social and ethical compliance policies, many of which are drawn from the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and International Labor Organization (ILO) Conventions, the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the 12 principles of the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (“WRAP”) standards. These values are formalized in our Ethical Sourcing Code, which all our vendors must agree to and continuously meet in order to manufacture any of our products. Click the links to learn more about our Ethical Sourcing Code and Human Rights Policy.