A.P.C. respect programme



Since its creation in 1987, A.P.C. has continuously aimed to achieve the best balance between creativity, simplicity and viability. “An authentic meatball has to be prepared with old bread. I’ve always been obsessed with the idea of salvaging, and we’ve constantly taken this approach at A.P.C.,” sums up brand founder Jean Touitou. Convinced that fashion must be eco-responsible and mindful of the social fabric, A.P.C. has implemented a number of concrete initiatives to improve its environmental footprint and ethical responsibility.The brand favours high-quality natural materials, designs and distributes sustainable and timeless fashion clothing and accessories, avoids waste and has never destroyed its stocks. A.P.C. has always been committed, through the various programmes it has launched, the special attention it pays to its teams and the quality of its relationships with suppliers.



Right from the start, the brand has focused on high-quality natural fibers and raw denim, avoiding polluting washes. The proportion of organically grown cotton, recycled wool and other more environmentally responsible materials in the collections increases every season. A.P.C. has also undertaken to stop using fur altogether and to use feathers from a label that guarantees their ethical origin and animal welfare.  


An iconic piece in the A.P.C. wardrobe, raw denim jeans are renowned for the durability of their 100% cotton denim fabric. After it is woven, it does not undergo any artificial treatment or washing, two processes known to consume a lot of water and chemicals that are harmful to the environment and workers' health. A.P.C. also offers low-impact washed jeans, which are treated with particular care. 

We work mainly with companies that have been committed to improving the impact of their activities on the environment and society from a very early stage. In particular, they have introduced closed-loop water reuse and air-drying of jeans, installed solar water heaters, joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals programme, support orphanages and employ people with disabilities. These efforts have been rewarded by the award of the B Corp label.


Only a small part of the environmental footprint of leather is accounted for in our carbon footprint™ since the animals are bred for the agri-food industry and their skins are considered as waste that we recycle. So, despite the significant carbon footprint of cattle rearing, leather can be considered relatively eco-friendly if it is traced and produced under the right conditions.

When tanning methods are well managed, there is little proven difference between them in terms of their environmental impact. Over the last 3 years, two thirds of our leather has been vegetable tanned and the remaining third chrome tanned.The key to guaranteeing low-impact tanning is to choose tanneries that have the best possible control over the use and recycling of water, air and solid waste, and control over the non-transformation of chromium 3 into chromium 6. Today, the best guarantee of achieving this objective is to work with tanneries that have been awarded the Leather Working Group (LWG) label, which includes these criteria in its specifications and of which A.P.C. is a member.


In collaboration with Fairly Made, A.P.C. is increasing the traceability of its products by tracing all the factories in its production chain, from raw material to finished product. This work will soon enable us to affix a QR code to each of our products, enabling our customers to find out about the distance travelled, the countries of production (dyeing, printing, weaving and knitting for clothing and assembly and stitching for accessories), the recyclability and environmental impact of the components. This information is already available on our apc.fr website under the « composition » tab.


In 2023, A.P.C. was awarded GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification by Ecocert GreenLife (Licence No. 214416).

This particularly demanding label guarantees that certified garments are made predominantly from organic fibres, in compliance with strict environmental and social standards throughout the production chain.

GOTS is an international certification for organic textiles based on environmental and social standards. Every stage of processing (spinning, weaving, washing, colouring, dyeing) is involved. All those involved in the production chain must therefore comply with the specifications before a textile can be certified.


With an estimated carbon footprint of 20.7 KtCO2e in 2022, A.P.C. is well below the median carbon intensity of its sector: half the players in the textile industry emit at least twice as much greenhouse gas per million euros of turnover as A.P.C.


A.P.C. has set itself the target of reducing its Scope 1 and 2 emissions (mainly linked to gas and electricity emissions in the offices) by 42% in absolute terms by 2030 compared with the base year of 2022 (-6.58% per year). This target is modelled on that of the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to 1.5°C.A.P.C. is also committed to reducing its Scope 3 emissions (indirect emissions) by 51.6% by 2030 compared with 2022 (-8.67% per year) in intensity.

A.P.C. has entered into a partnership with Carbonfact, a start-up specialising in the fashion industry, which has developed a predictive tool for GHG emissions to refine our understanding of emissions throughout the production chain and enable us to steer the choices needed to achieve our objectives.


Since July 2023, all A.P.C.'s French sites have been supplied with electricity from 100% French renewable sources. All our shops are lit by LED lamps. They are particularly energy-efficient, consuming 10 times less electricity than an incandescent bulb and 6 to 8 times less than a halogen bulb.

The A.P.C. kitchen is also a meeting room where ecological practices are encouraged. Individual waste bins have been removed from offices, capsule machines have been replaced by bean-to-cup machines and the use of plastic water bottles and cups has been abandoned.



A.P.C. pays particular attention to the well-being of its teams.


In 2022, the gender equality index was 84/100. A.P.C. employs a majority of women (57%), who are well represented in management positions.


In recent years, teams have benefited from technical training specific to each department, safety training, and CSR awareness and training workshops run by the eco-friendly consultancy Pando. A.P.C. also offers well-being training, particularly in stress management and collective intelligence.


Since 1 January 2020, all employers with at least 20 employees have been subject to the Obligation d'Emploi de Travailleurs Handicapés ("Obligation to Employ Disabled Workers" - OETH), which requires them to employ disabled workers at a rate of 6% of their total workforce. With 3 disabled employees by 2022, A.P.C. is still below the 6% threshold. To improve the situation, A.P.C. has launched an awareness-raising programme with PiDiem.


Since 2020, A.P.C. has been helping to fund the Conventions Education Prioritaire ("Priority Education Agreements" - CEP) programme at Sciences Po Paris, which seeks to address the significant under-representation of students from disadvantaged social backgrounds in selective higher education by offering students the opportunity to build an academic career of excellence. In addition, some members of the A.P.C. teams are personally involved in mentoring students from this programme.


A.P.C. ensures compliance with its code of conduct, imposes social audits and is committed to obtaining a social audit for 98% of all its tier 1 suppliers by 2027. All our suppliers must undertake to comply with our social requirements.


A.P.C. refuses all forms of corruption. This applies equally to the Group's employees, suppliers and partners.


No person shall be employed below the minimum legal working age of the country in which he or she is employed.


A.P.C. refuses all forms of forced or compulsory labour, as well as the employment of prisoners or clandestine workers in the production of its goods or services. Immigrant workers must have the same rights as local workers. All employees must be able to form and join trade unions or associations and bargain collectively.No employee should be discriminated against on the grounds of gender, race, skin colour, age or condition.


Working conditions must guarantee the health and safety of employees.



In 1992, A.P.C. opened its first Surplus in the centre of Paris to sell unsold products at reduced prices. Its Surplus stores are now located on rue André del Sarte, at the foot of the Butte Montmartre, as well as rue Jacob in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Since 2018, the Surplus offer has also been available online.


In 2022, A.P.C. decided to devote its store on rue Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth in Paris to vintage. Clients can bring their old A.P.C. clothing to a point of sale in France in exchange for a voucher that can notably be used in this second-hand store.


Set up in 2008, the Butler programme allows clients to bring in raw denim jeans that have been worn for a long time and developed a natural faded finish. In return, these clients receive a 50% discount on a new pair of jeans. After being washed and mended, the Butler is put back on the sales floor, ready to be worn by a new owner.


The Quilts project took form in 2010, springing from Jessica Ogden and Jean Touitou’s shared love of patchwork and the aim to give new life to A.P.C. fabric stocks that have accumulated over the seasons. One-of-a-kind, these quilts with their diverse patterns, sizes and colours reflect the brand’s history.


A programme launched in 2018 allows clients to take their used A.P.C. clothing back to a store in exchange for a voucher. The returned products are then given to associations to be resold in a network of charity shops.


Since June 2021, A.P.C. has replaced single-use kraft bags with recyclable and reusable bags made from 100% recycled material sold at a fixed price (€3). Before the introduction of the new recycled and recyclable packaging in our own sector, 172,850 paper bags and sachets had been distributed. Part of the money raised will be donated to the GoodPlanet Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded by Yann Arthus Bertrand, which runs solidarity and environmental field projects around the world.

In 2022, A.P.C. raised over €47,000 for GoodPlanet. These funds have been used in particular to develop solar energy in bioclimatic schools in Ladakh, a territory of the Indian Union in the Himalayas.


Since 2022, A.P.C. has been working with Revival, France's leading footwear recycling platform, to collect used A.P.C. trainers and turn them into "Shoegom", a recycled and infinitely recyclable surface for cycle paths.

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