Drapers Sustainable Fashion Award Win

Posted: 14.03.24

Best Social Enterprise or Charity Initiative

Salvation Army Trading Company Limited (SATCoL) has won a coveted Drapers Sustainable Fashion Award.

The results of the Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards 2024 were revealed yesterday evening, 13 March, at Hilton London Bankside, where the fashion industry came together at a ceremony to celebrate the positive change that has taken place over the past 12 months. This year’s event was extra special as the awards ran alongside the Drapers Sustainable Fashion Conference.

UN Sustainability Goals

Judged by an independent panel of experts, this market-leading awards programme shines a spotlight on best practice within the industry, so others can learn how to change for good. The judging was underpinned by the UN-backed Sustainable Development Goals, which address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change and environmental degradation.

Returning for their fifth year, Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards shine a spotlight on fashion’s sustainable leaders, highlighting those who are reducing the industry’s environmental impact and creating fairer working conditions across the supply chain.

The awards cover the entire spectrum of sustainable fashion retail. Categories range from Best Supply Chain Initiative to recognition for Sustainable Store Design and Sustainable Textile Innovation. Our brand new category for 2024 was Best Social Enterprise or Charity Initiative. The One to Watch winner was also announced following the Drapers’ Den live pitching competition, which took place earlier the same day at Drapers Sustainable Fashion Conference.


‘Phenomenal’ win

Salvation Army Trading Company won in the Best Social Enterprise or Charity Initiative and was praised by the panel of expert judges. ‘Phenomenal’ is how one judge chose to describe this winner, while another shared that ‘It was the most innovative in terms of getting value out of everything.’

Our nomination highlighted several aspects of our work… SATCoL’s continuing work in the area of reuse and recycling through our clothing banks, donation centres and charity shops and other initiatives such as Take Back Schemes. It focused on our innovation work (Fibersort and Project Re:claim), and our marketing campaigns which feature influencers, the Winchester School of Art collaboration and our own unique Clothing Bank fashion campaign, to name but a few. It also highlighted the vital funds we raise to support our parent church and charity with their positive social impact.

Picture: Six people are on stage at the Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards Ceremony, Charlene, our CCD marketing manager, is second from right and she holds the iconic D-shaped award from Drapers. Derek Goodwin, Kirk Bradley, Allison Waterhouse and Charlene Bent, were joined by host Jack Guiness (far left) and Anna Pangbourne Chief Executive, Fashion & Textile Children's Trust (far right), who presented the award.