We call this philosophy Earth Positivity, and it is our north star.
With nature as our greatest ally and biggest inspiration, and science as our compass, we bring to life innovations and showcase how they can be transformed into everyday products. From carbon into eyewear, grapes into leather, pollution into ink, bacteria into color, and flowers into insulation that will keep you warm. We are always looking for ways to do better.
In some cases, we start from ground zero, making baby steps while tackling challenges such as scale and price every day. In other cases, we have invested our time and resources to bring new innovations from our network, collaborations, and partners to a wider market. One of our biggest future investments will be in regenerative cotton, which will support biodiversity and positively impact communities.
We published our first Impact Report in December 2020 and are pleased to share an update on the progress we made in 2021 in this new report. The main focus for 2021 has been PANGAIA Apparel, which generally excludes some of our businesses like PANGAIA Science, which will be woven into our work during the course of 2022.
We understand there is still a long way to the future that we envision. As we progress, we will continue to share our challenges, learnings, and achievements along the way.
What we mean by Earth Positive:
Both a goal and a philosophy, we are building a business that creates value while elevating human, animal, and plant quality of life, bringing us in harmony with nature and giving back more than we take.
Protect and restore biodiversity by sourcing responsibly and investing in a diverse range of regenerative resources that preserve and promote plant and animal life.
Pioneer a water stewardship program to minimize water consumption and prevent unsustainable chemistry and plastic pollution.
Become a Climate Positive business, committed to aligning with the most ambitious targets of the Paris Agreement. This means undertaking practices that take more carbon from the atmosphere than we contribute.
Help future-proof the industry and the planet through materials science innovations and reducing reliance on non-renewable resources.
Extend the life of our resources and products as well as reducing waste and closing the loop on resource use, creating a truly circular value chain.
Respect human rights, promote fair, safe, and dignified work, and drive positive change throughout our community.
Support the communities around us through donations to and engagement with environmental and social causes and charitable organizations.
PANGAIA is headquartered in London, UK, with satellite teams in New York City, Los Angeles, Paris, Florence, and Porto. Initially founded by a core collective of 7 people, in 2021, we employed 143 people globally, who work either in our offices, from home, or a hybrid. We sell most of our PANGAIA products direct to customers through e-commerce, and we had 5 pop-up stores in 2021. We also operate as a Business to Business solution, offering the selection of innovative materials that we work with to industry partners and beyond.
PANGAIA is overseen by an Executive Board of Directors that meets once a week and engages an advisory board to provide support on areas that include brand strategy, sustainability, and innovation strategy. The Board has 8 members, 5 of which identify as women (that's 63%). Our environmental and social purpose is represented and advocated for by the SVP Global Engagement and the Chief Impact Officer, who is also a founding member of PANGAIA.
In addition to this leadership representation, our Earth Positive ambition is integrated into all decision-making, with each department having specific Impact-focused objectives. The Impact department is made up of subject matter experts whose remit is to work collaboratively towards the Impact strategy across the business and with external partners.
We believe that no single organization can solve the challenges our society is currently facing alone. PANGAIA is rooted in collaboration and we welcome others to join us on this mission. We invite all brands, institutions, academics, innovators, and educators to talk to us about these challenges and join us (firstname.lastname@example.org) in amplifying and scaling solutions.
We acknowledge it is our responsibility to hold ourselves accountable for our actions. Our policies and methodologies set out guidelines on expectations, and pathways for identification, escalation, and resolution should infringement occur.
These documents aim to cover all stakeholders, including business operations, joint ventures, business partners, and all sites that supply products or perform services to us.
We currently have the following formal policies and supporting documents that are reviewed at least once a year by the Executive Board.