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We're now B Corp certified

Esse is joining hands with over 8,000 global companies that take people, environment, and profit into consideration when making business decisions, as we continue to create change, inspire others and redefine the fashion industry.

What is a B Corp?

Certified B Corporations, or B Corps, balance profit with purpose. B Corps are audited on the impact of their actions on people, customers, suppliers, community and the planet. They are also companies that have been verified to meet high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.

As a B Corp, we’re now part of a global community of businesses that meet these high standards of social and environmental impact.

Why B Corp?

The B Corp certification is the most rigorous company certification in the world. As a purpose-led organisation, joining the B Corp movement felt like a natural fit with our own values.

Being a B Corp allows us to have a rigorous, objective view of where we are doing well and where we need to work harder when it comes to our environmental and social impact.

We are excited to be part of a community of like-minded businesses. From outdoor activists, Patagonia to TOMS, the business that improves lives, we are excited to be in the league of global companies that are making a positive impact.

Finally, while a lot of companies are talking about the idea of “purpose”, we think it’s important to demonstrate to our customers that we are doing more than just talking and are actually walking the talk, as we focus on things like our environmental performance and how we support local communities.

Our journey to B Corp

Our journey to getting B Corp certified is probably one of the hardest things we have ever done. The journey started 7 years ago, and has always been a goal we were striving to achieve when Esse's story began. Through thousand of steps and over the years, we are proud to be one of the 33 fashion brands in Asia that are B Corp certified.

From continuously trying to improve material sourcing to extending our product lifespan, our repair programme and resources are aimed at helping our customers develop a relationship with their garments and inspire them to approach fashion in a mindful way.

Our company is lean, and as a women-owned business, we have an inclusive culture, healthy work-life balance, and we try to engage all our people in company decisions and direction.

As outlined in our progress report, we aim for progress over perfection and we're always trying the move the needle forward.

Measuring our impact

We have reached an overall score of 98.4, showing our commitment to using our business as a force for good.

Governance

Governance evaluates a company's overall mission, engagement around its social/environmental impact, ethics, and transparency.

Workers

Workers evaluates a company’s contributions to its employees’ financial security, health & safety, wellness, career development, and engagement & satisfaction..

Community

Community evaluates a company’s engagement with and impact on the communities in which it operates, hires from, and sources from.

Environment

Environment evaluates a company’s overall environmental management practices as well as its impact on the air, climate, water, land, and biodiversity

Customers

Customers evaluates a company’s stewardship of its customers through the quality of its products and services, ethical marketing, data privacy and security, and feedback channels. 

We’re just getting started. B Corp certification is a step towards our goal of making fashion better for our planet.

Our Intiatives

Our Design Philosophy

Our Materials

Our Makers

Progress Report

Giving Back

Repair Programme

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