Schijvens Corporate Fashion is a partner of the international education project on Integrated reporting of Avans University of Applied Sciences. To this end, they approached a number of SMEs that have embedded sustainability in their strategy to tell us something about this. Schijvens cannot be missed in this series.
Shirley Schijvens is the 5th generation of the family owned business Schijvens Corporate Fashion in Hilvarenbeek. Her ambition is to have a fully circular production by the end of 2022. She has therefore been involved in the sustainable development of Schijvens for a number of years. Employees, chain partners and customers; they do it all together. This is even a bit “addictive” for her. She clearly explains in podcast episode 3 of ‘Elise in MVO-land’ what this way of working yields and costs her.
At the Expo2020 in Dubai we had the opportunity to talk to H.M. Queen Máxima about the circular corporate clothing that Schijvens has produced for the Dutch pavilion. In addition, we were able to give the Queen and Ambassador Lody Embrechts an explanation of our Women Empowerment project in Pakistan that we recently started.
We are completely moving across to sustainable work clothing in collaboration with Schijvens Corporate Fashion. We are making our clothing circular by collecting old work clothing and using this as a raw material for new work clothing. We recently introduced the new clothing for our baristas to mark the start of our collaboration.
It’s an absolute must to keep the chain closed in order to be circular. That’s why it’s of vital importance to take back any delivered products, also once they’ve been used. Schijvens Corporate Fashion has organised this ‘return logistics’ in an innovative manner, together with its partners PostNL and Dobbi.