Our love of the outdoors and the worlds wild places guides the way we do business. It's in our nature to look after what's important; whether that's the environment, our staff, suppliers, staff, animals, community or our customers.
Everything is connected. Sustainability is not a collection of single issue projects but a comprehensive way of working. It's our way of life.
All this supports our ethos that there’s no place for elitism in the outdoors. It’s our love of the outdoors and belief in nature that drives what we do. This simplicity is best encapsulated in our phrase - Go Nice Places Do Good Things.
We are determined to use business as a force for good and have written our entire strategy in six simple principles that guide all our decisions.
Alpkit's new 2022 Sustainability Report is an illustrated book with easy graphics, stories and milestones in our journey from start up to B Corp. Have a look around and find out how we're doing in our determination to become a truly sustainable business.
We see 8 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals as directly applicable to us. This is where we have the biggest impact directly though the operations of Alpkit and Alpkit Foundation.
There are 17 UN goals in total that form a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for us all.
We are committed to using business as a force for good. We measure our social and environmental impact according to this independent standard.
We chose B Corp for its high standard, rigour and integrity.
We certified in 2020 and our next certification date is August 2023. Between now and our renewal date we continually review and monitor our performance using their framework.
We started work on our new Edinburgh store. It’s a 100 year old engineering unit that we retrofitted insulation, double glazing and down fans.
Held our UK Made week to celebrate that 30% of our products are UK Made according to Department of Trade & Industry rules.
Signed up to the Better Business Act to require companies to put people and planet alongside profit.
Stores reopened after the long 2021 lockdown. We restarted our Volunteer Program with 5 extra paid days for staff to work with charities and community projects of their choice.
Mountain Rescue fund-raisers held donating 10% of total store sales to local Mountain Rescue teams.
We adopted the Higg Index to help estimate the environmental impact of the materials we use.
Alpkit carbon reduction targets set by the Science Based Targets Initiative. We committed to have our Scope 1 and Scope 2 Emissions and reduce our carbon intensity by 2025.
We helped original academic research to better understand the Life Cycle of waterproof jackets.
Held Big Shakeout 2022 for the first time since 2018. It’s our end-of-the- summer party and a good fund raiser for the Alpkit Foundation.
As a founder member of the Microfibre Consortium we signed up to their 2030 Microfibre Commitment.
Alpkit Foundation reached £450,000 awards to more than 1500 projects. Continuum Projects campaigned for down duvets, taking cumulative donations to 5 tonnes. We won a Sustainability Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards
Alpkit won Online Retailer Of The Year in TGO Magazine annual awards.