2019: Year in review

Big companies report their profits in quarterly earnings reports. We think companies should be accountable for more than just profits. Here’s a look at what we were up to in 2019.
Sustainability Report

2019: Year in review
Our sustainability report card
We’re never done challenging ourselves to evolve and be better. So we decided to work with a smart group of people at Eco-Age and have them evaluate us across twelve different areas of sustainability. It’s kind of like getting a fancy report card.

Here’s what we were graded on
2020 priorities

So now what? While we’re super proud to be rated as leaders in Climate Action, we still have a lot of work to do. Here are some things we’re focusing on this year, and you can also check out our framework to learn more about our goals and programs for the next few years.

A few things we’re extra proud of from 2019

Top five commitments

Here are some updates on goals from 2019:

Living wage

Our goal for 2019 was to have 100% of our team meet or exceed LA’s living wage (as defined by MIT¹). We ended the year with 96% of our Factory and DC teams earning a living wage. We’re on track to get to 100% in early 2020 for all Reformation teams—including retail—and will continue to do annual increases to keep up with the standard.

Better materials

Our goal was to have 75% of our fabrics meet A/B ratings. We didn’t quite make it, but closed the year only 5% shy of reaching that goal. Here’s where we landed for Q4:


Traceability is about knowing where our things come from. We want to be able to answer “who made our clothes” at every level of the supply chain to ensure positive environmental and social impacts of our stuff. Our goal for 2019 was to reach 100% traceability into our Tier 1 & 2 suppliers. We made it! Here’s a quick breakdown of our supply chain mapping progress in Q4².

Sexy Math

RefScale tracks our environmental footprint by adding up the pounds of carbon dioxide emitted, gallons of water used, and pounds of waste generated. Then we calculate how much Reformation saves compared to conventional clothes bought in the US.

¹Living Wage is referencing “1 adult + 0 children”. Calculated as total compensation (regular + overtime + bonus) / total hours worked.

²Traceability and fiber performance are calculated by fabric count for the following categories: apparel, lingerie, shoe uppers, shoe linings, and bags. This does not include other shoe components or trims yet and excludes all deadstock materials.

³Clean chemistry statistics are calculated by unique printer, dyer and tannery count. Certifications included in this total are Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Bluesign, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Global Recycled Standard (GRS). Calculated for facilities that were used in Q4 2019.