Pentland Brands plc
Our responsibility

Made with care

Respect for people and the environment has long been at the heart of our business


Reducing the environmental impacts of the materials and processes used to make our products


Measuring and reducing the environmental impacts of our facilities and business travel

Ethical trade

Sourcing responsibly to improve conditions for the people who make our products


Supporting local communities and charities through product donations, fundraising and volunteering

We partner with others to understand corporate responsibility trends, share experiences, and build relationships that make progress possible. For example, we are a longstanding member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, a board member of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, and a Better Work programme buyer partner.

We report annually on our corporate responsibility commitments and activities. You can download our 2014 Corporate Responsibility Review below:


We want to reduce our environmental footprint across the whole product lifecycle

Reducing the impact of materials

We are investigating the use of materials that have a lower environmental impact than conventional materials but are still cost-effective and produce quality products. We are also a member of the Leather Working Group, which encourages tanneries to use leather responsibly and sustainably.

Restricted substances management

We aim to ensure that customers, workers and the environment are not exposed to harmful chemicals in the manufacture or use of our products. Compliance with our restricted substances policy is a condition of business with our suppliers.

Reducing the impact of packaging

We look for opportunities to reduce packaging size and weight, and to select recycled or more sustainable packaging materials, where appropriate. For example, Speedo’s poolside footwear comes on recycled cardboard hangers instead of in boxes, significantly reducing the amount of packaging required.

Supply chain environmental footprint

We are working with suppliers and other brands to better understand our supply chain’s environmental footprint. We also choose to use shipping rather than air freight, where possible.


For more examples of our work in this area, please read our 2014 Corporate Responsibility Review.


We are improving efficiency, reducing waste and recycling more

Cutting energy use and carbon emissions

Efficiency is built into the design of our newest buildings, which make good use of natural light and natural ventilation. To reduce the energy required for lighting further, we have introduced light and motion sensors and more efficient bulbs at several of our facilities. We are also using lower emission vehicles for our company fleet and encouraging employees to car-share or use public transport.

Generating less waste and recycling more

We promote recycling at all our facilities and have centralised bins that help employees to quickly and easily segregate paper, cardboard and plastics. We separately collect wood, metal, electronic waste, and photocopier and printer toner cartridges. We have also introduced a new online expenses system that will save more than 31,000 sheets of paper every year.

Reducing our water use and consumption

We take steps to reduce our water consumption, for example by fitting bathroom facilities with water-saving features and replacing bottled water with mains-fed chilled water dispensers. We also look for ways to use other natural resources more responsibly, such as using renewable marine salt instead of rock salt to grit paths at our London office in winter weather.


For more examples of our work in this area, please read our 2014 Corporate Responsibility Review.

Ethical trade

We’re committed to improving working conditions for the people that make our products

Our Code of Employment Standards for Suppliers reflects globally recognised labour standards. It’s aligned with the Ethical Trading Initiative’s Base Code. The Code specifies that:

  • workers should receive a living wage
  • working hours should not be excessive
  • working conditions must be safe and hygienic
  • child labour must not be used
  • employment should be freely chosen
  • discrimination must not be practised
  • there must be no harsh or inhumane treatment
  • freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining must be respected
  • regular employment should be provided
  • unauthorised subcontracting is not permitted

We monitor our partners’ performance against these standards through regular factory assessments. Where we identify room for improvement, we work with the partners to make positive changes.

In November 2014, we collaborated with other brands and retails to deliver chemical safety management and awareness training for our footwear manufacturers in Southern Guangdong, China.

In 2015, we piloted an energy efficiency training programme with two garment factories. Due to successful outcomes we have extended training to a further four factories in 2015.

Collaborating with others

We work with other organisations to help find lasting solutions to ethical trade issues. For example, we are a longstanding member of the Ethical Trading Initiative. We also partner Better Work, which aims to improve compliance with labour standards and competitiveness in global supply chains.

Ethical trade

For more examples of our work in this area, please read our 2014 Corporate Responsibility Review.


We’re helping local communities and charities to make a difference in people’s lives

Some of our support for charities is Pentland-wide. Our brands also have the flexibility to support causes that are most relevant to them.

Product donations

For over a decade, we have partnered In Kind Direct. This organisation redistributes surplus goods from brands and retailers to UK charities working at home and abroad. In 2014, Pentland Brands celebrated its 15th year of partnership with InKind Direct. Nearly 500 charities received product donations from us in 2014 through this scheme.

Our brands also donate surplus products through other channels, where appropriate.

Speedo has donated surplus swimwear to Oxfam’s ‘Frip Ethique’ social enterprise programme in Senegal, which provides local entrepreneurs with products they can sell to boost their livelihoods.

Fundraising and volunteering

In November 2014, we launched ‘Give Back Day’, our new, company-wide volunteering programme which gives every Pentland employee one paid day per year to volunteer, as part of their team.

Throughout the year, colleagues from across Pentland also participate in a variety of fundraising events, often with a sports theme. In 2014, this included hosting Macmillan Coffee Mornings in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, and competing in sporting events such as the Royal Parks Half Marathon.

Many of our teams enjoy volunteering as a way to combine team building with giving back to their local communities. Our brands also directly support relevant charities.


In May 2014, Canterbury unveiled a new kit range for the Royal Air Force (RAF) Spitfires Rugby 7s team. For every shirt sold from this range, Canterbury donated £5 to charities supported by the RAF Rugby Union, including the Khelo Rugby coaching project for disadvantaged children in India.

For more examples of our work in this area, please read our 2014 Corporate Responsibility Review.

Charities we support

We understand the importance of charities in all areas of society. We currently support organisations and initiatives that share our values in the areas of: people, sport, health, the environment, education and the arts.

Case Studies

In Kind Direct

In Kind Direct was founded in 1996, by HRH The Prince of Wales, to provide an efficient way for businesses to donate their products to charity.

It now receives surplus goods from over 850 companies, which are made available for free to around 6,000 community and voluntary organisations.

We have partnered with In Kind Direct for 15 years; in 2014 nearly 500 charitable organisations received donations of Pentland products.

For more information please visit

Special Olympics GB

Special Olympics GB uses sport to transform the lives of 8000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities so that they can have the opportunities, support, confidence and friendships to be who they were born to be. They are not just about sport - they integrate health, wellbeing, social inclusion and empowerment into all that they do.

Pentland, Speedo and JD Sports are proud supporters of Special Olympics GB.

There are more than 1.2 million children and adults in Great Britain with intellectual disabilities. It’s the most common disability in the UK. Children and young people with intellectual disabilities are disadvantaged as they can find it harder than others to make friends, learn, understand and communicate. Children with an intellectual disability are socially excluded and 8 out of 10 are bullied, whilst 1 in 3 people with an intellectual disability experience emotional and health problems associated with inactivity.

The sports training offered by Special Olympics' 150 GB-wide sports clubs and hundreds of competitions each year has been proven to address these problems and create happier, healthier children and adults with intellectual disabilities who are included within their communities and society as a whole.

Special Olympics GB

Peace and Sport

We are a supporter of ‘L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport’ (known as Peace and Sport). Founded in 2007, by Modern Pentathlon Olympic medallist and world champion Joel Bouzou, the organisation works for sustainable peace, throughout the world.

To achieve this, it promotes the practice of structured sport and sporting values to educate younger generations and help foster social stability, reconciliation and dialogue between communities. Peace and Sport intervenes in areas made vulnerable by extreme poverty, recent conflict or lack of social cohesion.

A neutral and apolitical organisation based in Monaco, Peace and Sport is a global initiative under the High Patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

For more information please visit

Clinton Global Initiative

We are a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) an organisation aiming to turn ideas into action.

Established in 2005, by President Bill Clinton, CGI, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. To fulfil the action-oriented mission of CGI, members devise practical solutions to global issues through the development of specific and measurable ‘Commitments to Action’. To date CGI members have made nearly 2,500 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries.

For more information please visit

The Prince’s Trust

We have long been a supporter of The Prince’s Trust, a charity set up by The Prince of Wales in 1976. The charity gives practical and financial support to disadvantaged young people, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation.

The charity works with 13 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.

Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training and youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity, while youth crime costs £1 billion every year. The Prince's Trust has helped more than 750,000 young people since 1976, and supports 100 more each working day. More than three in four young people the Trust helped last year moved into work, education or training.

For more information please visit


Corporate Responsibility Reviews

We report annually on our corporate responsibility performance:

Pentland Brands' Business Standards policies

‘Our Standards’ are available to download in English and simplified Chinese.

Managing restricted substances

Our Restricted Substances List (RSL) provides details of the chemicals that are restricted by Pentland.