Moss is committed to a sustainable future and improving the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the global community. We’re committed to making our products more sustainable, recycling as often as possible, energy efficiency, partnerships with sustainable organisation. We are working to be diverse and inclusive, using cleaner energy sources across the business, and eliminating waste and pollution.
Sustainability has been top of mind at Moss for decades. We acknowledge, as a business, we should be sustainable, and this is an important part of our ethos. We take this approach because we want to be aligned with our customers and give them the best product possible. We have a responsibility to provide the information they need to make informed decisions, and to make it as easy as possible for them to shop in a more sustainable way.
1 - REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINT
We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of transporting our goods. We use boats and trucks wherever it’s viable, which produces fewer emissions than flying.
But that’s not enough. We’re reducing our footprint further by using factories that have a vertical structure. We try to condense elements like trims, fabric and packaging, producing it all in the same countries to cut down on travel and emissions, reducing our carbon footprint even more.
2 - REDUCE PACKAGING
Single-use plastic accounts for 50% of the world’s plastic waste problem. We are working with our supplier base to ensure our packaging is made from at least 30% recycled plastic, and other Earth-friendly, recycled alternatives.
Another one of our initiatives is to have all biodegradable, alternative packaging by 2026. We’re also looking into our supplier base to ensure things like hangers and suit bags are compliant and made from recycled materials.
3 - USE SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS
Animal Welfare Policy
We are dedicated to safeguarding the welfare of animals farmed to produce the materials used in our products. We do not use down, feathers and fur in our products.
Exotic Skins: Moss prohibits the use of exotic skins in any product in all our collections. Exotic skins banned include crocodile, alligator, python, snakes, lizards, marine mammals, kangaroos, ostriches, and emus. Additionally, Moss prohibits exotic skins from any endangered or threatened species, as defined by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list of threatened species..
Producing raw materials accounts for a large amount of the textile industry’s environmental impact. We are focused on using natural fabrics like organic cotton, viscose and wool. Where we do use synthetic fabrics, we try to ensure they’re made from recycled and more sustainable alternatives.
Leather - Leather or skin must not be obtained from wild-caught animals, exotic animals, or vulnerable and endangered species. Moss is a member of the Leather Working Group (“LWG”) and is working towards sourcing all skins from LWG-rated suppliers. The LWG audit assesses environmental performance and continuous improvement. It also ensures that the working conditions in the production units are ethical and environmentally friendly. By 2026, we plan to have all our leather sourced from Leather Working Group suppliers. All the leather we currently use at Moss is a by-product of the food industry.
Cotton - Sustainable cotton production is better for the people who produce it, the environment it grows in, and the future of the cotton industry. Farmers minimise the harmful impact of crop protection practice, promote water stewardship, care for the health of the soil, enhance biodiversity and use land responsibly. They care for and preserve fibre quality, promote decent work and operate an effective management system. They also grow cotton with judicious use of water, chemical fertilisers and pesticides to reduce the environmental footprint of cotton farming. We do not source any cotton from Xinjiang Province, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, in line with our modern slavery policy. By the end of 2024, 100% of the cotton used in our shirting will be sustainably sourced, certificated and traceable. By 2026, Moss is aiming to have 100% of all the cotton used across the business coming from sustainable sources.
Polyester - Moss currently has a mixture of 60% virgin polyester and 40% recycled polyester in our business, and we are working to increase this every season. In 2023, we started to work with global partners on certification and traceability. By the end of 2023, all our polyester ties will be traceable and sourced sustainably. Moss aims to have 100% of our polyester sustainably sourced by 2026.
4 - PROUD OF OUR SUPPLIERS
We are committed to working with tier-one factories that meet and follow an ethical trade policy. We have worked to streamline our supplier base and are proud to be transparent about each mill and factory we work with and the work they do – from leading the way in renewable energy to innovating in recycled fabrics to putting profits towards better conditions for their workers.
All our tier 1 suppliers are audited to an elevated level to ensure we maintain the highest standards for the factory workers and conditions. The Moss team regularly visits our suppliers and we work with our suppliers on a partnership and collaboration basis.
We source across 50 different suppliers from the following countries: Bangladesh, China, India, Italy, Madagascar, Portugal, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.
5 - MOSS MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
General Statement of Intent
Moss extensively sources its products across multiple countries where exploitation of individuals and workers' rights are widely publicised so most companies will be aware of these issues. We endeavour to ensure that we do not purchase, or unwittingly purchase, goods from companies and third parties that exploit or unfairly treat employees or suppliers’ employees, or force other individuals to work against their will.
As a company, we have an anti-modern slavery questionnaire in place that all suppliers sign to confirm they are compliant.
The company has a hardworking relationship with all its suppliers and we have known them for many years. Suppliers are frequently visited by the Moss team, and during these visits, any unacceptable practices will be highlighted.
All our factories are audited and corrective action plans are followed up on to close any non-conformities.
Proof of eligibility to work in the UK is required for any potential new employees and this is verified where appropriate during the recruitment process.
6 - EVOLVE OUR SERVICES
Moss has been known for our Hire service since 1897, and we continue to offer a more sustainable way to dress for big occasions. We also introduced Moss Box in 2021, another rental scheme that helps close the loop on textile waste. What’s more, our Hire and rental cleaning partner uses industry-leading, eco-friendly processes like Ozone sanitisation and on-site textile repair to extend the lifespan of our garments. In 2023, we started to sell preloved Moss garments via a third-party website.
At the other end of the scale, our Custom Made service lets customers invest in a truly unique piece. It’s the antithesis of throw-away fashion, and it allows us to make to order and reduce our stock levels. We’re a brand that has always made the best of what we’ve got, and we’ll keep on innovating to help our customers make decisions that are better for the planet.