Nikwax Has Released Its Sustainability Goals Report

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Nikwax Has Released Its Sustainability Goals Report

NIKWAX has shared its SUSTAINABILITY REPORT regarding achievements and goals for the next three years. As a manufacturer of PFC-free aftercare products, Nikwax said it ‘understands it has a fundamental responsibility to preserve the natural environment while preventing further damage to the planet and its people.’

Founded on these principles 45 years ago, now a global business, Nikwax said its ‘core values and principles remain the same—to continue to lead with innovative, sustainable, ethical, authentic, and fair practices.’

Founder Nick Brown said, “When we launched Nikwax in 1977, the environmental movement, as we know it today, was still in its infancy. The term ‘global warming’ had only just been coined, and it would be almost two decades before people started talking about their ‘carbon footprint’.

“Against this background, for us to make environmental protection a specific business objective and stated brand value was positively radical, but those were the values upon which the company was founded. 45 years on, I’m proud to say that protecting our planet is still very much at the heart of Nikwax’s goals. This sustainability report documents the journey we have been on and outlines our goals for the next three years.”

The Report highlights six action items that will guide the brand toward its goal: Clean Chemistry, Climate Action, Conservation, Circularity, Ethical & Fair, and Experts & Partners.

Nikwax’s innovations led to its achievement of winning four prestigious Queen’s Awards since it began, the last being The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development in 2014 – the first outdoor brand to do so.

Maite Angleys, Nikwax’s director of sustainability, said, “One key message which came out of COP26 was the urgency with which we all need to act. As businesses and individuals, we can always do more. We’re excited to share the findings of our Sustainability Report and the steps we are taking to further reduce our impact on the natural world, while also creating a more positive impact on people.”

This month, 45 years since he founded Nikwax waterproofing after care and 30 years after the launch of his outdoor clothing brand Páramo, owner Nick Brown has passed over control and ownership of both to his employees. The newly formed Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) has taken four years to come to completion.

His aim was to continue to look after his employees and customers by going down the EOT route, ‘ensuring that the soul of the business remains intact’ and maintaining continuity of values and staff, and future development.

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