Rowlinson Knitwear in Stockport has committed to taking immediate action to avert the Climate Emergency after closing its business on 20 September to support global strikes.
Established in 1935 and employee-owned since 2015, Rowlinson Knitwear manufactures specialist garments for the independent school wear and corporate wear markets.
Building on its longstanding ethical commitment, the company will become carbon neutral and achieve The Planet Mark certification by the end of 2019, and become a certified B Corporation by the end of 2020.
The Planet Mark requires holders to measure and reduce their annual carbon emissions, while B Corp certification obligates companies to balance purpose with profit.
On the day of the recent global climate strike, Rowlinson Knitwear hosted a ‘Climate Crisis Day’ to deep employee engagement through presentations and interactive workshops.
‘Call to arms’
Managing director Donald Moore said: “Scientists around the world agree that we face an unprecedented Climate Emergency which requires radical action. As a responsible employee-owned business, it’s our duty to act immediately. Rowlinson’s Climate Crisis Day equipped colleagues with the stark facts about our negative impact on the planet. Collectively signing our Climate Emergency Declaration demonstrates we accept those realities and are committed to do something about them.”
“Becoming carbon neutral and achieving recognised certifications is just a part of our ongoing journey. Our Climate Crisis Day was a clear call to arms, inspiring our people to learn, share and take action to safeguard the planet for future generations. We’re unrelenting in our ambition to demonstrate leadership in ethical conduct in our industry and the wider business community. It’s the right thing to do, so we can play our part in shaping a more caring and environmentally conscious economy. "
Posted under General Interest, Carbon Reduction, Climate Change and What it Means to You and Textiles on 9 October 2019