The semi-finalists of the second edition of Responsible Fashion Awards have been revealed

The first stage of the second edition of Responsible Fashion Awards, the first Polish competition aimed at promoting ecological values in the clothing industry, has been completed. This year’s edition of the competition brought a record number of applications. Eventually, out of over 200 submitted works, 161 were selected for further competition, 10 of which qualified for the semi-finals. The competition organised by the International School of Costume Design and Fashion Design in partnership with LPP – the owner of Reserved, Mohito, Cropp, House, and Sinsay brands – focuses on promoting the idea of sustainable fashion and encouraging people who want to create it with passion and conviction.

This year’s edition of Responsible Fashion Awards met with great interest on the part of the participants, surprising the organizers with the number of applications. Out of over 200 works that were submitted from Poland and abroad, as many as 161 were qualified for the further stage. The ten projects selected in the semi-final competition stood out especially in terms of the presented level and the enthusiasm with which their authors approached the issue of sustainable fashion. Not only does it prove the growing interest in the event itself, but also the growing importance of pro-environmental ideas in the world of fashion, which have been guiding the organisers and partners of the competition since the first edition.

– Currently, the fashion industry is experiencing a revolution in terms of ecological solutions. In LPP, with a view to supporting these changes, in addition to working on the sustainability of our own business, we are also committed to promoting these values in our industry. Through our partnership in the Responsible Fashion Awards, we want to promote green ideas among designers. Not only is the competition an opportunity for them to develop their careers, but above all to educate and prepare them to work with respect for the environment. This is also what we have been doing for a long time in creating our own collections. The wide interest in the competition also proved that the pandemic further strengthened the development of sustainable fashion and made people more sensitive to environmental issues. This is a very good signal which will certainly accelerate the sector’s efforts to achieve its goals in this area – says Anna Sołtys, Reserved Product Office Director, LPP.

The competition, this year opening up mainly to fashion enthusiasts, has visibly attracted many very young people – under 25 years of age, who are just taking their first steps in the designer’s profession.

– Last year, the competition regulations provided for the possibility to apply for RFA in two categories, as a professional and an enthusiast. This year, we abandoned this division by focusing on the idea of sustainable fashion itself. We wanted to give a chance to all those who create inspiring green projects with passion and conviction. Looking at the number of applications, I think that this plan has proved successful. Of course, the participants also comprised people with some experience, with high drawing skills, or mature creators who stand out in terms of artistry and a deep understanding of Responsible Fashion. And the selected semi-final ten presents a very high level in this respect, which constitutes a promise of an interesting development in the grand finale – says Dr Magdalena Płonka, founder of MSKPU.

The task in the competition was to create drawings of the collection, designed on the basis of ecological fabric samples made available by the organisers, together with its technical description. All semi-finalists will receive materials from LPP to be used to sew one of the models developed in order to justify before the Jury the choice of the technology in which they made the project. The winner will receive prizes – such as a one-year scholarship to study at the MSKPU, ecological fabrics from LPP for the realization of the unique author’s collection and participation in the MSKPU 2021 Diploma Show, as well as a cash prize of PLN 5,000. The winners will be selected by the RFA Jury composed of eminent figures from the world of fashion, education and show business from Poland and abroad. Among the 15 members there are also specialists in sustainable design education, journalists and experts in responsible fashion and eco-textile innovations.

The organisers

The organizers and substantive partners of the competition are MSKPU – the International School of Costume and Fashion Design in Warsaw and LPP.

MSKPU is the first school in Poland to have received the VOGUE TALENTS distinction twice; the school has been running classes on corporate social responsibility in the fashion industry. Each year, the school graduates pride themselves on being educated in the spirit of empathy, ecology or innovative design in textile engineering.

LPP is a Polish clothing manufacturer, which, for years, has been consistently implementing the commitments adopted as part of its sustainable development strategy aimed at limiting the impact of the company’s operations on the environment. The LPP brands’ responsibility for the people and environment does not limit itself to communicating the values related to CSR, but entails everyday work on a real change in fashion production methods.

Further agenda of the 2nd RFA edition

  • 2 March – semi-finals in Warsaw and announcement of the winner
  • 1 July 2021 – delivering the sewn models to the seat of MSKPU (the winner)
  • July 2021 – The MSKPU diploma show.

More information about the competition is available at: https://mskpu.pl/responsible-fashion-awards-2020

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LPP SA is a Polish family business and one of the fastest growing clothing companies in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. For over 25 years it has been successfully operating in Poland and abroad, offering its collection already on 25 markets, including in such prestigious capitals as London, Berlin, Tel Aviv or Moscow. LPP SA manages five fashion brands: Reserved, Cropp, House, Mohito, and Sinsay. The company has a chain of over 1700 stores with the total area of over 1 million sq.m. The online offer of the brands collections is available on 29 markets. On the basis of a global supply chain, the Polish clothing producer distributes over 265 million pieces of clothing to three continents. LPP plays another important role as it employs over 24 thousand people in its offices and sales structures in Poland, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The company is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in the WIG20 index and belongs to the prestigious MSCI Poland index.

#LPPpomaga in the second wave of the pandemic The support worth PLN 1.2 million will go to hospitals in Pomerania and Małopolska

LPP, the Polish clothing company, has yet again addressed the needs of the medical facilities fighting the second wave of the pandemic. The Company decided to continue the in-kind and financial support in Pomerania and Małopolska. As part of this year’s – second one already – edition of the #LPPpomaga, the Gdańsk-based producer will donate clothing for the personnel, as well as funds necessary to purchase the key equipment. Under the current initiative, the company will allocate over PLN 1.2 million to support the health service.

In connection with the rapidly growing second wave of the COVID-19 disease, the Gdańsk-based company has decided to continue the #LPPpomaga campaign. The company has become involved in supporting medical facilities, focusing on the regions where its headquarters are located. Nine hospitals will receive in-kind and financial assistance – five in Gdańsk, one in Kościerzyna in Pomerania and three in Kraków. Efficient coordination of activities on the LPP’s side and donation system is ensured by the LPP Foundation team.

– When the number of coronavirus patients in our country started to increase again and it became clear that we are dealing with a second wave of the pandemic in Poland, we immediately took action. We contacted the hospitals directly and checked at source what the urgent needs were, what would be the most effective way to deal with the pressing needs. With each of the institutions, we individually agreed on the form and scope of support. It turned out that apart from funds for equipment, clothes for protective suits will also prove useful – sells Patrycja Zbytniewska, President of the LPP Foundation.

The company will donate 20 thousand new clothes to medical personnel who work in protective suits on a daily basis. Clothes with a total value of PLN 800 thousand come from the current offer of Reserved, House and Cropp brands. Clothing, including mainly tracksuits, underwear or shirts, will be intended for employees who come into contact with patients with SARS-CoV-2 and wear such items under protective overalls. They will also be used by other hospital staff. The clothes have already been delivered to four medical centres: the University Clinical Centre in Gdańsk, the Specialist Hospital in Kościerzyna, Pomeranian Hospitals (the Polish Red Cross Maritime Hospital in Gdynia, F. Ceynowa Specialist Hospital in Wejherowo, St. Vincent a Paulo Hospital in Gdynia, the Pomeranian Centre for Infectious Diseases and Tuberculosis in Gdańsk), and Polanki Children’s Hospital in Gdańsk.

– LPP has supported our hospital for several years. Earlier, thanks to the company’s involvement, new medical practices for Cystic Fibrosis patients have been created and day rooms for children got renovated. When in March our country faced the enormous challenge of the new virus pandemic, LPP immediately rushed to help by providing our facility with personal protective equipment in the form of masks and overalls. Also in the autumn, with the second wave of the disease, the company offered us clothes for the doctors involved in the fight against the pandemic. LPP’s assistance is invaluable. We are grateful for the support in the daily battle for the health of our children, not only those suffering from SARS-CoV-2, but also those struggling with other dangerous diseases. We are very pleased that we can consider LPP as one of the hospital’s tried and tested friends – says Małgorzata Paszkowicz, the President of the Polanki Children’s Hospital named after Maciej Płażyński in Gdańsk.

Apart from the in-kind aid for medical workers, the hospitals can also count on financial support. The funds transferred to the facilities are allocated for the purchase of necessary equipment or personal protective equipment, according to the demand submitted to LPP.

– The financial support for the purchase of specific equipment allows for quick action and guarantees effective use of money by the management boards of medical institutions that know best the needs of the departments and the medical market. This way, in Gdańsk, Pomeranian Hospitals will be provided with infusion pumps and pulse oximetres, and Copernicus Hospitals (the Nicolaus Copernicus Hospital in Gdańsk, St. Adalbert’s Hospital in Gdańsk and the Regional Oncology Centre in Gdańsk), the 7th Naval Hospital and the Specialist Hospital in Kościerzyna will purchase personal protective equipment such as masks and overalls. It turned out that for University Clinical Centre, on the other hand, rubber surgical-type boots were necessary – enumerates Patrycja Zbytniewska.

As part of the autumn edition of the #LPPpomaga action, the company also donated PLN 25 thousand to the Children’s Hospital in Polanki for the purchase of antigen tests for hospital employees. Soon, thanks to the funds provided by the company, the facility will also purchase a stationary ventilator for the Anaesthesiology and Intensive Medical Care Ward.

The same, individually agreed financial assistance will also be provided to three hospitals in Kraków covered by the action: the J. Dietl Specialist Hospital in Kraków will purchase equipment for high-flux therapy, the University Hospital will purchase 30 helmets for non-invasive therapy and the University Children’s Hospital, which will use the donation to purchase pulse oximeters.

– Medical equipment in every hospital is always worth its way in gold. That is why it is so important to be able to use the financial aid received to cater for our current needs. Now, in the era of a pandemic, one of the most important equipment is pulse oximetry, for the purchase of which we will use the donation received from the Polish clothing company LPP. We are glad that the company has also thought about our staff and has provided our doctors and nurses with over 900 sets of cotton clothes, so much needed in the everyday work of hospital staff. Especially now, in the era of disposable overalls and the need to change clothes frequently, such support is very important for our hospital – says Katarzyna Pokorna-Hryniszyn, spokesperson of the University Children’s Hospital in Kraków.

In addition to helping medical facilities, as part of the #LPPpomaga action, the company, in cooperation with Copernicus Hospital and SoStay Hotel, run by the Gdańsk Foundation for Social Innovation, has prepared a thousand energy packages for Pomeranian medical rescue workers. The sets are to help them survive long hours of work in ambulances.

As part of the current action to support the health service in combating the effects of the pandemic, the total value of in-kind and financial aid provided by LPP Foundation will exceed PLN 1.2 million.

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LPP SA is a Polish family business and one of the fastest growing clothing companies in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. For over 25 years it has been successfully operating in Poland and abroad, offering its collection already on 25 markets, including in such prestigious capitals as London, Berlin, Tel Aviv or Moscow. LPP SA manages five fashion brands: Reserved, Cropp, House, Mohito, and Sinsay. The company has a chain of over 1700 stores with the total area of over 1 million sq.m. The online offer of the brands collections is available on 29 markets. On the basis of a global supply chain, the Polish clothing producer distributes over 265 million pieces of clothing to three continents. LPP plays another important role as it employs over 24 thousand people in its offices and sales structures in Poland, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The company is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in the WIG20 index and belongs to the prestigious MSCI Poland index.

Higher-than-planned share of Eco Aware collection in LPP The Polish clothing manufacturer sums up the first year of implementation of the sustainable development strategy – “For People For Our Planet”

• The plan to gradually increase the share of environmentally friendly collections in the LPP brands’ offer is being implemented faster than expected. Currently, 23% of the apparel produced by the Gdańsk-based company is already Eco Aware labelled products. The pace of change is set by the Reserved brand collections, where every third item has been created in a sustainable way.

• The implemented solutions limiting the amount of plastics in the sales and distribution network of the Polish clothing company allowed LPP to eliminate further 255 tonnes of disposable plastic in 2020. This means almost doubling the result from last year and a total reduction of as much as 525 tonnes of plastic over the last 4 years.

• Last year in LPP was marked by accession to international and national initiatives for the circular economy and chemical safety.

For LPP, the passing year has been marked by facing the challenges shared by the whole commercial sector. However, the pandemic and the need to set aside many projects did not affect the consistent implementation of the objectives within the framework of the new sustainable development strategy announced last year. What is more, despite the crisis, some of the set objectives have been achieved to a greater extent than originally planned. The business plans adopted as basic pro-environmental goals have become a determinant of actions taken by the company to reduce its environmental impact in four key areas: design and production, packaging, chemical safety as well as infrastructure and buildings.

Responsible production

As regards the clothing industry, from the point of view of global environmental challenges, one of the key stages in the preparation of the collection is the method of obtaining raw materials and the production process taking into account the latest, pro-ecological technological solutions. Therefore, in 2020, LPP focused its extensive activities on developing the Eco Aware Production programme. Its basic assumption for this year was the development and implementation of quality and ecological standards by the suppliers cooperating with the company, such as criteria for reducing water and energy consumption in the process of fabric processing and clothing production. Since the implementation of the strategy, 40 producers from South-East Asia have been consulted with the aim of meeting the set standards of Eco Aware Production. Next year, 30% of all sewing factories cooperating with LPP in South Asia, i.e. 177 suppliers, are to work according to the programme’s assumptions, and by 2023 – 100% of jeans factories.

Recent months have also proved intense time for LPP as regards increasing the share of clothing produced from more environmentally friendly materials, i.e. organic, recycled or made in a sustainable process. In 2019, all LPP brands introduced more sustainable collections with Eco Aware label. Today, 23% of the products available in their offer are already labelled as eco-friendly. Reserved is a leader in this respect – 33 percent of the brand’s collections comprise Eco Aware products.

– From the beginning, the new sustainable development strategy of LPP was to be an ambitious yet realistic plan. That is why our assumption for 2021 is that 25% of the clothing we produce will be more environmentally friendly. Today, we can proudly say that the target adopted only for next year has already been almost fully achieved, despite the current market difficulties caused by the pandemic. Since 2017, we have made a fundamental change in creating a more environmentally friendly offer. This confirms our conviction that our consistency in our efforts to achieve the set goals brings us closer to creating more and more sustainable fashion, friendly to people and the environment – comments Marek Piechocki, President of the Management Board, LPP.

Responsible production is also a matter of chemical safety for the Polish company. In addition to the principle, which has been practised for many years now, of attaching guidelines concerning chemical substances to all orders, LPP wants not only to improve the safety of its own products, but also change the way the factories operate, regardless of who the order is processed for. Therefore, in accordance with the adopted plan, in 2020, LPP was the first Polish company to join the global ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) initiative.

– Achieving full compliance with the guidelines on chemicals used by the clothing industry is a multi-stage process and a huge challenge, especially in such a dispersed supply chain. It is difficult to find a factory sewing for just one customer today, so we are convinced that a joint effort of many companies will render it possible to work out standards binding for all manufacturers. Today, we can confirm that we are in the process of implementing the next steps in our cooperation with the ZDHC, thanks to which 25 factories in Pakistan and 35 in Bangladesh producing the collections of our brands are already associated in this initiative. Importantly, with new suppliers systematically joining the ZDHC, we are sure that this list will quickly expand – comments Dorota Jankowska-Tomków, Sustainable Development and Purchasing Director, LPP.

Even less plastics

The overproduction of plastics is still one of the most pressing global environmental challenges. LPP, as a company operating in traditional trade and dynamically developing online sales, has been consistently working for several years to limit the circulation of packaging and fillers made of disposable plastic. As a result, over the past year the company, has achieved the objectives set out in the strategy concerning the complete elimination of this raw material from online order shipments of Mohito and Reserved brands and the use of recycled film in 100% of online order shipments of House, Cropp and Sinsay brands. In the case of online shopping as regards Mohito and Reserved, the year 2020 means a further 255-tonne-reduction of plastics. All these activities and the new solutions implemented in cooperation with packaging suppliers in the distribution network are an investment worth PLN 3.8 million. Taking into account the scope of reduction estimated at the end of this year, over the last four years, LPP has managed to eliminate as much as 525 tonnes of this material from circulation. Additionally, the number of plastic packaging in which commercial samples are delivered to LPP has been reduced by as much as 50%. In the case of some suppliers, such as those from Bangladesh, plastic packaging has been replaced by reusable material bags. The result was a total of 5 tonnes of plastics eliminated from circulation. At the same time, LPP has been increasing its commitment to reasonable management of plastics and the elimination of plastic waste at local level. In 2020, the company joined the Polish Plastics Pact – a national initiative to close the loop for plastics.

Sustainable development in buildings and sales networks

Aware of the extent to which the scale of the company’s operations and its extensive sales network affect its environment, LPP has also taken a number of measures to limit the environmental impact of the company’s stores and HQ buildings. The plan adopted in this respect assumes the reduction of energy consumption through the implementation of a new concept of stores based on an intelligent and energy-efficient system concerning such elements as lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning. According to the estimates, the mere replacement of lighting with LED solutions is expected to result in energy savings of 15%. Another important investment in this area is the implementation of the BREEAM certificate, which the company plans to obtain for the new HQ building in Gdańsk within the LPP Fashion Lab complex, which will soon be commissioned.

– The past year has been a huge challenge for us. On the one hand, we have fought to maintain the company’s liquidity and jobs, and on the other hand, we have consistently pursued the objectives to which we have committed ourselves as part of our sustainable development strategy. We did not want to give up on them. We wanted to keep our word, despite the difficulties and the fight against the crisis, and not to frustrate the expectations of our customers, to whom we made these commitments. We are proud that we have consistently met all the targets adopted for 2020, but we are aware that there are still many challenges ahead of us along the road to sustainable development – concludes Marek Piechocki.

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LPP SA is a Polish family business and one of the fastest growing clothing companies in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. For over 25 years it has been successfully operating in Poland and abroad, offering its collection already on 25 markets, including in such prestigious capitals as London, Berlin, Tel Aviv or Moscow. LPP SA manages five fashion brands: Reserved, Cropp, House, Mohito, and Sinsay. The company has a chain of over 1700 stores with the total area of over 1 million sq.m. The online offer of the brands collections is available on 29 markets. On the basis of a global supply chain, the Polish clothing producer distributes over 265 million pieces of clothing to three continents. LPP plays another important role as it employs over 24 thousand people in its offices and sales structures in Poland, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The company is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in the WIG20 index and belongs to the prestigious MSCI Poland index.

LPP awarded the Green Eagle of the ‘Rzeczpospolita’ daily as part of the Fight for Climate project

As part of the Fight for Climate project carried out by the editors of ‘Rzeczpospolita’, LPP was awarded the title of Green Eagle of ‘Rzeczpospolita’, ranking first in the Enterprise category. The jury appreciated the company for its achievements in the field of sustainable fashion activities.

For years, ‘Rzeczpospolita’ editors have been awarding companies operating in Poland for outstanding achievements in the field of economy. This year, for the first time, distinctions were also awarded for ecological achievements, in four categories: Enterprise, Ecological Organizations, Local Governments and Technologies. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of ‘Rzeczpospolita’ daily, it was also decided to award two special prizes: Titan of Ecology. LPP, the Gdańsk-based company, was among the winners of the Green Eagle title. The jury decided to rank it first in the Enterprise category for its consistent efforts to promote pro-environmental solutions implemented in the fashion market. LPP’s plans concerning sustainable development were appreciated, and above all the Eco Aware Production programme, which aims to develop and implement quality and ecological standards for reducing water and energy consumption in the process of fabric processing and clothing production by suppliers cooperating with the company. The jury also appreciated the company’s extensive efforts to reduce disposable plastic.

– The Green Eagle award for LPP shows that our sustainable actions are important for the market and above all noticeable. In recent years, we have been consistently taking more and more courageous steps, not only in an independent search for greener solutions, but also by raising awareness of our customers or long-term business partners of this aspect – says Przemysław Lutkiewicz, Vice-President of the Management Board, LPP.

The sustainable development of the Gdańsk-based company has been part of the company’s business strategy for years. Such an approach has contributed to the development of numerous good practices and, above all, measurable effects in the production of clothing bearing the Eco Aware green label. In 2019, all brands belonging to the Polish manufacturer introduced more sustainable collections. The company has been gradually increasing the share of clothing made of environmentally friendly materials and produced in a more sustainable process taking into account the rational use of water resources and energy. Last year, the Polish clothing manufacturer also joined the ZDHC, a global chemical safety initiative, and was the only Polish company to sign an international agreement for a circular economy in plastics management. Adopting a long-term perspective, LPP has made a commitment to completely eliminate disposable plastic by 2025, not only from packaging but also from price tags in the stores.

– A sense of responsibility for future generations raises the conviction that even in times of crisis, we cannot let go of long-term assumptions, and all the more so we must continue to work towards more environmentally friendly solutions. We believe that only the solidarity of many market players will bring us all closer to a better tomorrow, so much needed by our planet. We are pleased with the award and thank the jury for appreciating our efforts – adds Przemysław Lutkiewicz.

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LPP SA is a Polish family business and one of the fastest growing clothing companies in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. For over 25 years it has been successfully operating in Poland and abroad, offering its collection already on 25 markets, including in such prestigious capitals as London, Berlin, Tel Aviv or Moscow. LPP SA manages five fashion brands: Reserved, Cropp, House, Mohito, and Sinsay. The company has a chain of over 1700 stores with the total area of over 1 million sq.m. The online offer of the brands collections is available on 29 markets. On the basis of a global supply chain, the Polish clothing producer distributes over 265 million pieces of clothing to three continents. LPP plays another important role as it employs over 24 thousand people in its offices and sales structures in Poland, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The company is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in the WIG20 index and belongs to the prestigious MSCI Poland index.

LPP’s Integrated Report awarded the main prize in the 2020 Social Reports Competition for the second time in a row

LPP has been announced a laureate of the 14th edition of the 2020 Social Reports Competition organised by the Responsible Business Forum, whose aim is to identify good practices in the area of reporting on corporate social responsibility and sustainable development. The Gdańsk-based Company has been awarded the main prize in the Integrated Reports category for the second time in a row. The awarded report is entitled “Towards sustainable fashion” and summarises the company’s activity and the attainment of its goals in the field of social and environmental activities undertaken by the company in 2019.

For the second time in a row, the Gdańsk-based company received the main prize for the best integrated report in a competition organised by the Responsible Business Forum Association and Deloitte. The jury appreciated LPP above all for maintaining a very high reporting standard and excellent preparation of the publication, which addresses all key topics, clearly and precisely formulates the social message showing the values the company lives by as well as important commitments for the future.

– The fact that the main award in the Integrated Reports category went to LPP for the second time in a row is a great distinction and motivation for us to continue our work. By publishing reports including non-financial data for the last three years, we try to describe our undertakings in a transparent way. The winning Report for 2019, apart from elaborate presentation of the entire activity of LPP Group also focused on a comprehensive summary of the company’s environmental impact and the objectives of the Sustainable Development Strategy 2020 – 2025. For example, we were one of the few companies to have precisely counted our greenhouse gas emissions, from growing the raw material, developing the product, up to selling and using the clothes, i.e. washing or drying by customers. By consistently implementing our strategy, we want to make a real contribution to reducing the impact of our environmental footprint – comments Anna Miazga, Sustainability Expert, LPP.

The Social Reports competition, which has been organised since 2007, is a review of the approach to non-financial data practised by companies. Its aim is to draw attention to the importance of reporting on corporate social responsibility and identify good practices in this area. A record number of 56 publications took part in this year’s edition of the competition, which consisted of, among others, the following: 12 débuts, 15 integrated reports and 3 NGO reports. Awards and distinctions were granted in 5 categories – for the Integrated Report, Social Report and Débuts in these categories and for the Non-Business Organisation Report. In the online voting, the prize was also awarded by internet users. Additionally, during the competition, a special prize was also awarded by the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Reports submitted to this year’s edition of the competition are available in the Reports Library at http://raportyspoleczne.pl/biblioteka-raportow/

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LPP SA is a Polish family business and one of the fastest growing clothing companies in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. For over 25 years it has been successfully operating in Poland and abroad, offering its collection already on 25 markets, including in such prestigious capitals as London, Berlin, Tel Aviv or Moscow. LPP SA manages five fashion brands: Reserved, Cropp, House, Mohito, and Sinsay. The company has a chain of over 1700 stores with the total area of over 1 million sq.m. The online offer of the brands collections is available on 29 markets. On the basis of a global supply chain, the Polish clothing producer distributes over 265 million pieces of clothing to three continents. LPP plays another important role as it employs over 24 thousand people in its offices and sales structures in Poland, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The company is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in the WIG20 index and belongs to the prestigious MSCI Poland index.

Second edition of Responsible Fashion Awards is on

Responsible Fashion Awards is the first Polish competition dedicated to sustainable fashion. Its main objective is to promote responsible attitudes and values in the spirit of ethics and ecology in the clothing industry. The second edition of the competition has just started. All fashion enthusiasts can submit their works until 16 November 2020.

The Responsible Fashion Awards competition aims to select and promote the best projects submitted by artists from Poland and abroad. The task in the competition is to create drawings of the collection and to sew them, and then justify to the Jury the selected technology for the developed design.

The prizes

Responsible Fashion Awards are also great prizes for the winners. Two winners were selected in the last year’s edition: Marta Janikowska in the professional category and Wiktoria Frankowska in the enthusiast category. They received cash prizes and scholarships from the MSKPU, as well as fabrics from LPP for their grand finale projects. An additional prize was the opportunity to present the winning collections during the MSKPU 2020 Diploma Show.

This year, the best designer of the competition will receive a financial award of PLN 5000, an annual scholarship to study at the MSKPU, ecological fabrics from LPP for the realization of the author’s collection and participation in the MSKPU 2021 Diploma Show.

The jury

As last year, the RFA jury is made up of eminent figures from the worlds of fashion, education and show business from Poland and abroad, specialists in sustainable design education, journalists and experts in responsible fashion and eco-textile innovation. This year’s Jury is composed of:

  • Aleksandra Kantor and Katarzyna Szpicmacher – BIO2materials
  • Anna Miazga – expert and innovator in sustainable development in fashion
  • Anna Sołtys – head of the Reserved Design Office
  • Bram Jespers – Professor, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Ghent
  • Dobrosława Gogłoza – Head of Strategy in All Hands Agency
  • Giovanni Otonello – Professor, IED Milano
  • Magdalena Floryszczyk – fashion design lecturer at MSKPU, LABO brand
  • Magdalena Płonka – director of MSKPU, CSR in fashion lecturer
  • Martyna Kozłowska – coordinator of the Viva Foundation anti-fur campaign
  • Michał Zaczyński – journalist, fashion critic, author of the michalzaczynski.com blog
  • Ola Bąkowska – author of the olabakowska.com blog, project manager Circular Textiles in Circle Economy
  • Piret Puppart – Professor KA – Estonian Academy of Fine Arts, sustainable design lecturer
  • Riccardo Terzo – VOGUE Italia
  • Theresa Lobo – Professor, IADE Creative University Portugal
  • Wiktoria Frankowska – MSKPU graduate, winner of the 1st edition of RFA.

The organisers

The organizers and substantive partners of the competition are MSKPU – the International School of Costume and Fashion Design in Warsaw and LPP.

MSKPU is the first school in Poland which has not only received the VOGUE TALENTS distinction twice, but is also the only one to teach CSR in fashion. Each year, the school graduates pride themselves on being educated in the spirit of empathy, ecology or innovative design in textile engineering.

– The Responsible Fashion Awards is a flagship project of the MSKPU and I am glad that we are preparing it again in collaboration with LPP. I have always wanted to create an event that will further promote ethical and ecological values in fashion. It is with pleasure that I participate in the second edition of RFA. I hope that there will be many more to come – says the founder of the MSKPU, dr Magdalena Płonka.

LPP is a Polish clothing producer that has been implementing its commitments adopted as part of its sustainable development strategy which aim at limiting the company’s impact on the environment. Responsibility for people and the environment, as expressed by the brands belonging to LPP, is not only communication of CSR-related values, but also everyday work on real change in the global ways of fashion production.

Ania Miazga, LPP: The fashion industry is undergoing a revolution that will not be effective without the involvement of the designers, creators and originators of each design. That is why initiatives such as the Responsible Fashion Awards competition are so important, as they not only reward, but above all promote a more sustainable approach to fashion.

RFA 2020 calendar of activities

  • 16 October 2020 – start of the competition
  • 16 November 2020 – final deadline for submitting works
  • 23 November 2020 – announcement of ten semi-finalists
  • 2 March – semi-finals in Warsaw and announcement of the winner
  • 1 July 2021 – delivering the sewn models to the seat of MSKPU (the winner)
  • July 2021 – The MSKPU diploma show.

More information about the competition is available at: https://mskpu.pl/responsible-fashion-awards-2020

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LPP SA is a Polish family business and one of the fastest growing clothing companies in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. For over 25 years it has been successfully operating in Poland and abroad, offering its collection already on 25 markets, including in such prestigious capitals as London, Berlin, Tel Aviv or Moscow. LPP SA manages five fashion brands: Reserved, Cropp, House, Mohito, and Sinsay. The company has a chain of over 1700 stores with the total area of over 1 million sq.m. The online offer of the brands collections is available on 29 markets. On the basis of a global supply chain, the Polish clothing producer distributes over 265 million pieces of clothing to three continents. LPP plays another important role as it employs over 24 thousand people in its offices and sales structures in Poland, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The company is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in the WIG20 index and belongs to the prestigious MSCI Poland index.

The LPP Foundation awarded in Benefactor of the Year Competition

The LPP Foundation was awarded the title of Benefactor of the Year as part of the 23rd edition of the competition organised by the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland. Eleven entities which, in the opinion of the Jury, implemented the most interesting social projects in 2019, qualified for the finals. The LPP Foundation was awarded in the category of corporate foundation for its cooperation with St. Brother Albert’s Aid Society as part of the fight against poverty and counteracting social exclusion of people in difficult life situations.

The goal of the “Benefactor of the Year” competition organisers – which has remained unchanged for 23 years – is to promote the most responsible and socially committed companies. The LPP Foundation was nominated to the 23rd edition of the competition by St. Brother Albert’s Aid Society for, among others, a project of collecting used Eco Aware clothes carried out in stores of LPP brands. Its aim is to prevent social exclusion of vulnerable people and provide them with decent living conditions and possibilities of functioning in society. As a result, in 2019 alone, nearly 3 tonnes of second-hand clothing was donated free of charge. The LPP Foundation also donated 1750 new clothes for the Society’s charges and supported the Streetworkers’ programme of the Society, thanks to which field workers patrolling the streets of cities and reaching homeless people were equipped with warm clothes needed during many hours of work in unfavourable weather conditions.

St. Brother Albert’s Aid Society is the largest, oldest and independent non-governmental organisation in the Pomorskie Voivodeship, whose aim is to help poor, homeless and socially excluded people. The projects implemented are local, regional, national and international in nature. Since 1989, it has been incessantly providing, among other things, shelter and meals for the homeless, running both accommodation facilities and training flats. It deals with broadly understood social and professional activation, education and psychological counselling for socially excluded people. The LPP Foundation’s assistance projects are part of the Society’s strategy of activities developed for the years 2019-2024, one of the main pillars of which is to provide clothing for the homeless who are beneficiaries of this support.

– We were one of the first companies from the Pomorskie Voivodship to decide, many years ago, to support the Society in providing clothing to people in need and, at the same time, to pursue another important objective, namely prevention of waste. When in 2018 we decided to implement the Eco Aware second-hand clothing collection project in our stores, St. Brother Albert’s Aid Society was a natural partner chosen by us in this undertaking. The scale of needs of homeless people in Poland makes the amount of funds available to this end insufficient. Before we started our cooperation with the Society, clothing for the homeless had to be purchased, which, with limited financial resources of the aid institutions, constituted a big challenge. Now, the amount of garments we donate meets the needs of the wards, and the saved funds can be used for other activities – Patrycja Zbytniewska, President of the LPP Foundation.

The LPP Foundation continues the activities which LPP, together with the Society, has been carrying out for almost 20 years to counteract social exclusion in Poland, thus achieving the first of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The award is the crowning achievement of this cooperation and a driver for further action for the benefit of those in need.

Fundacja LPP laureatem Konkursu o tytuł Dobroczyńcy Roku

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LPP SA is a Polish family business and one of the fastest growing clothing companies in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. For over 25 years it has been successfully operating in Poland and abroad, offering its collection already on 25 markets, including in such prestigious capitals as London, Berlin, Tel Aviv or Moscow. LPP SA manages five fashion brands: Reserved, Cropp, House, Mohito, and Sinsay. The company has a chain of over 1700 stores with the total area of over 1 million sq.m. The online offer of the brands collections is available on 31 markets. On the basis of a global supply chain, the Polish clothing producer distributes over 265 million pieces of clothing to three continents. LPP plays another important role as it employs over 24 thousand people in its offices and sales structures in Poland, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The company is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in the WIG20 index and belongs to the prestigious MSCI Poland index.

LPP among the leaders of the Corporate Climate Crisis Awareness study

LPP was awarded the title of Climate Conscious Company in the second edition of the study conducted by the Polish Association of Listed Companies, Foundation of Reporting Standards and Bureau Veritas Polska. Information from the annual reports of 151 companies was analysed. The second rank of the Gdańsk-based company confirms the important role of the climate conscious policy in the company’s business strategy.

The Corporate Climate Awareness study carried out in Poland for the second time, seeks to verify the awareness of large and medium-sized companies regarding their impact on climate change. The results announced to the public provide investors, customers and all stakeholders with reliable information on which companies are taking these issues into account and to what extent they are incorporating them into their governance processes.

In this year’s edition, 151 companies were surveyed, of which only six exceeded the 70% threshold. The average for all surveyed companies was 1.87 points, and the highest rated company received 9.33 points. Although, according to the authors of the study, the results still mean low climate awareness among the companies, there was a slight improvement noted compared to last year. LPP with a score of 8.83 was ranked second in the general classification of six companies with the title of Climate Conscious Company.

– We are very pleased with the result of the Corporate Climate Awareness study, as well as with the fact that LPP was among such a selected group of companies whose approach to reporting the impact of business activities on the environment has been appreciated by the experts. By publishing reports including non-financial data for the last three years, we have been trying to describe our ESG projects in a transparent way and we hope that they constitute a reliable and transparent source of information about the company and our operations. Every year, we increase the volume of data on climate challenges, which are an important part of our business plans. We treat the lead position in the “consumer goods” category as a special distinction, but also as a responsibility, which is why we intend to consistently implement further commitments made within the framework of the sustainable development strategy – says Przemysław Lutkiewicz, Vice-President of the Management Board in LPP.

The study is conducted in accordance with the methodology based on the analysis of data from non-financial reports of companies against 10 criteria. Three of them concerned policies or strategies of companies in relation to the management of climate crisis issues and identification of risks and opportunities related to climate change, and seven referred to reporting of greenhouse gas emissions. LPP managed to score the maximum number of points in 8 categories.

– We treat the award of the title of Climate Conscious Company as a confirmation that the strategy adopted by LPP in terms of reducing the environmental impact of our activities is the right direction. It is also a great motivation to take further actions. We are particularly pleased with the maximum score awarded in the greenhouse gas emission criterion. For LPP, last year was the base year in respect of which we set CO2 reduction targets. For the first time, we have calculated our environmental footprint so precisely, from the acquisition of raw materials to the disposal of clothes, which is still rare on the market, especially in the clothing industry. The result achieved in the study confirms that transparent data on emissions and the use of measurable indicators or accepted calculation standards are increasingly becoming an important element in assessing the activity of each company – comments Anna Miazga, Sustainability Expert in LPP.

According to Michał Stalmach, Senior Sustainability Consultant at Bureau Veritas Polska, LPP is an example of a company that very consciously implements measures aimed at reducing the environmental impact of its operations, which is also reflected in its non-financial reports. – It is noteworthy that in such a key criterion as greenhouse gas emissions, the company undertook to calculate its carbon footprint not only in its own facilities, i.e. offices, warehouses or stores, but also analysed the emissions along the entire value chain – comments Michał Stalmach. – The sustainable development strategy announced by LPP last year, assuming a 15% reduction in emissions by 2025 in the 1. and 2. range and the implementation of actions aimed at reducing emissions at suppliers by increasing the number of products from the Eco Aware line and implementing the Eco Aware Production programme, confirms that these are conscious and realistic commitments, the implementation of which is presented by the company in its reports in a transparent manner – he adds.

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LPP SA is a Polish family business and one of the fastest growing clothing companies in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. For over 25 years it has been successfully operating in Poland and abroad, offering its collection already on 25 markets, including in such prestigious capitals as London, Berlin, Tel Aviv or Moscow. LPP SA manages five fashion brands: Reserved, Cropp, House, Mohito, and Sinsay. The company has a chain of over 1700 stores with the total area of over 1 million sq.m. The online offer of the brands collections is available on 31 markets. On the basis of a global supply chain, the Polish clothing producer distributes over 265 million pieces of clothing to three continents. LPP plays another important role as it employs over 24 thousand people in its offices and sales structures in Poland, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The company is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in the WIG20 index and belongs to the prestigious MSCI Poland index.

LPP joins the Polish Plastics Pact

LPP is now part of the Polish Plastics Pact established on 10 September 2020. For the Gdańsk-based company, this is yet another step on the way to implementing the sustainable development strategy. Last year, as the only Polish company, it joined the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment initiated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, with which the Polish Plastics Pact will now also cooperate as part of the global Plastics Pact network.

The Polish Plastics Pact is a cross-sectoral platform for cooperation between companies and industry and non-governmental organisations within the framework of “the 17 Goals Campaign”, bringing together participants in the plastics packaging value chain . It comprises 12 companies: from packaging manufacturers, through companies introducing packaged products to the market and retail chains, to recyclers and recovery organisations. The forgoing entities are accompanied by a group of institutions – industry and non-governmental organisations, as well as those operating in the scientific area. The members of the initiative strive to change the current model of using artificial raw materials in packaging on the Polish market towards a closed circuit economy. The group of signatories would not be complete without LPP which is consistently changing its processes towards sustainable development in its daily operations. One of the steps to bring the company closer to this goal was to join the international New Plastics Economy Global Commitment initiated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in cooperation with the UN already last year. Today – by joining the Polish Plastics Pact – LPP is deepening its commitment to reasonable management of plastics and the elimination of plastic waste at local level.

– We welcome the creation of a national initiative to close the loop on plastics. We believe that the Polish Plastics Pact will contribute to stimulating sustainable development on the domestic market. We are aware of the importance of support and knowledge sharing in this process. Thanks to the know-how and standards developed as part of the activities of an international organisation, Polish companies will be able to join the global fight against the problem of plastic waste – says Anna Miazga, Sustainability Expert, LPP.

Being aware of the environmental impact of overproduction of plastics, the participants of the Polish Plastics Pact want to achieve six strategic goals by 2025, starting from identification and then elimination of excessive and problematic packaging through redesigning, innovations and alternative delivery models. The emphasis on the process of recovery of plastic packaging, including effective support for the system of its collection and processing, is to help increase the level of packaging recycling on the Polish market to min. 55% and the share of secondary raw materials in these packaging to 25%. With their actions, the members of the Pact will also intend to reduce the use of primary plastics in packaging placed on the market by 30%, and by 2025, 100% of plastic packaging on the Polish market is to be re-usable or recyclable. An equally important element in the fight for a new model of plastic circulation will be to improve the quality and effectiveness of consumer education in the areas of segregation, recycling, reuse and reduction of packaging use. The tool for verifying the works of the Pact will be an annual report on the progress of the implementation of the goals. The announcement of the first report, covering the effects of work for 2020, is planned for the second quarter of 2021.

Acting at the local level, the Polish Plastics Pact steps in the fight against the global crisis by joining the global Plastics Pact network initiative of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation which fights for reasonable and pro-environmental management of the plastics circuit and implementation of commitments in this respect. As emphasised by Małgorzata Greszta, Managing Partner of CSR Consulting, the initiator of the “17 Goals Campaign”, ambitious goals set by individual entities would be impossible to achieve, however, acting together as the Polish Plastics Pact and involving other companies, institutions and administration, we can bring about real changes in Poland and worldwide.

For more information about the Polish Plastics Pact, please visit: www.paktplastikowy.pl

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LPP SA is a Polish family business and one of the fastest growing clothing companies in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. For over 25 years it has been successfully operating in Poland and abroad, offering its collection already on 25 markets, including in such prestigious capitals as London, Berlin, Tel Aviv or Moscow. LPP SA manages five fashion brands: Reserved, Cropp, House, Mohito, and Sinsay. The company has a chain of over 1700 stores with the total area of over 1 million sq.m. The online offer of the brands collections is available on 31 markets. On the basis of a global supply chain, the Polish clothing producer distributes over 265 million pieces of clothing to three continents. LPP plays another important role as it employs over 24 thousand people in its offices and sales structures in Poland, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The company is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in the WIG20 index and belongs to the prestigious MSCI Poland index.

LPP’s Integrated Report in the competition for the title of the best social report

The voting in the competition for the best social reports, organised by the Responsible Business Forum, is currently underway. It is the fourth time that LPP has taken part in the competition for the distinction of internet users for the latest edition of the integrated report entitled “Towards sustainable fashion” which is a summary of the social and environmental objectives achieved in 2019. Votes for selected publications can be cast until 14 September.

For many years, monitoring the impact of the company’s operations on the environment, control of the supply chain and social projects in the field of counteracting social exclusion and in the area of health care have been highly prioritised in the development strategy of LPP. The financially stable 2019 enabled the company to achieve the goals it had set itself and to start working on towards the next steps aimed at sustainable development, which are included in the new strategy: “For People For Our Planet”.

The company’s integrated report submitted for this year’s edition of the competition is, above all, a comprehensive summary of the projects facilitating the creation of sustainable fashion. Reduction of plastic consumption by 2019 by almost 250 tonnes, gradual increase in the presence of Eco Aware products in the collections of LPP brands or the use of recycled materials or materials manufactures as part of a closed circuit production are just some of the actions confirming the commitment to implementing solutions that make the company’s operations more and more friendly to people and the environment year by year. The year 2019 – covered by the report submitted in the competition – was the company’s base year for reducing greenhouse gas emissions; this means that for the first time the company calculated its environmental footprint from the stage of raw material acquisition to the disposal of clothes. Last year also saw a continuation of work undertaken by the Polish company for many years to improve safety and production conditions in suppliers’ factories.

The outcomes of those actions, as well as many more LPP projects implemented in the spirit of sustainable development may be found in the report available at https://www.lppsa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/LPP-Integrated-Report-2019-Online-EN.pdf.

56 publications have been submitted for this year’s edition of the Social Reports competition organised by the Responsible Business Forum and Deloitte. Votes for the selected three publications may be cast until 14 September via the form available at http://raportyspoleczne.pl/zaglosuj-na-raport/.

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LPP SA is a Polish family business and one of the fastest growing clothing companies in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. For over 25 years it has been successfully operating in Poland and abroad, offering its collection already on 25 markets, including in such prestigious capitals as London, Berlin, Tel Aviv or Moscow. LPP SA manages five fashion brands: Reserved, Cropp, House, Mohito, and Sinsay. The company has a chain of over 1700 stores with the total area of over 1 million sq.m. The online offer of the brands collections is available on 31 markets. On the basis of a global supply chain, the Polish clothing producer distributes over 265 million pieces of clothing to three continents. LPP plays another important role as it employs over 24 thousand people in its offices and sales structures in Poland, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The company is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in the WIG20 index and belongs to the prestigious MSCI Poland index.