EILEEN FISHER, Inc.

Women's Apparel and Accessories

Irvington, New York

United States

www.eileenfisher.com

About EILEEN FISHER

For over 30 years, EILEEN FISHER has created beautifully, simple clothes designed to move with real life. Before both minimalism and sustainability became trends, Eileen Fisher had the vision of a company guided by a distinctive aesthetic and an ongoing commitment to supporting women and making a positive impact in the world. In 1984, inspired by the lasting elegance and ease of the Japanese kimono, Eileen designed four simple shapes to debut at the boutique show. Three decades later, she has turned her initial $350 into $400 million (without ever engaging investors), with more than 60 stores worldwide. And most importantly, she’s pioneered a socially conscious company while becoming an icon in the fashion industry for timeless design.

Today, EILEEN FISHER supports women through the collection, simplifying life and inspiring women to express their personal style, as well as through social initiatives such as the Women’s Business Grant Program, created to empower women-owned businesses, the Activating Leadership Grant, which funds programs that activate leadership qualities in women and girls and the one-of-a-kind recycle retail concept Green Eileen, which donates profits to support women, girls and environment.

Our holistic vision for the company stands on three pillars - our clothing, mindful business practices, and support of every employee’s purpose. Being a B Corp allows us to live our Purpose in a bold way with other like-minded companies. We acknowledge that profits are important to the success and growth of the company but no more important than our people and our planet. Being a part of a triple bottom line business is a mindset, and we are putting a stake in the ground around our Purpose and practices. We believe that building partnerships with our suppliers, customers and communities will affect positive change in our industry and in the world, turning business as usual into business as a movement.

The Change We Seek®

EILEEN FISHER makes clothes, makes work a place of purpose, and makes life the center of business. This is business as a movement.

Business as usual is not an option. The way we have done business for generations: producing, consuming and disposing of ever more stuff, is not sustainable. A growing number of consumers are starting to realize that business can only thrive if society and nature do too. And a growing number of CEOs know they must rethink the way they do things in the face of looming social and environmental mega-trends.

The first stake in this process for EILEEN FISHER was the announcement in March of 2015 of VISION2020, a bold plan detailing the steps the brand will take over the course of the next five years toward reaching a goal of 100% sustainability. That goal is contingent upon eight categories: materials, chemistry, water, carbon, conscious business practices, fair wages & benefits, worker voice, and worker & community happiness. VISION2020 is very much a work in progress and will go beyond 2020 but the company’s ideal destination remains the same -- to be a truly sustainable business, one that creates value while doing nothing to undermine the possibility that humans and other life will flourish on Earth forever.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2015
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

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Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Overall B Score
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80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Workers: Company makes ownership in the company available to employees through an Employee Stock Option Plan

Community: Contributes the majority of donations to local markets the company sources from or operates in; >75% of executives are women

Environment: 46% of products made with eco-preferred materials in 2015; Purchases renewable energy credits to power corporate spaces using 100% wind energy

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