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Where does Askov Finlayson ship?
We currently ship everywhere in the US, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Canada. Want to be part of the North? Tweet us (@askovfinlayson) or send us an email at email@example.com and let us know what country you’d like us to have on our radar.
How much does shipping cost?
We offer free UPS Ground on all orders shipping to the contiguous US. For those of you who can’t wait to get out and explore winter, we have some faster options. Enter your address at checkout to see pricing options.
When Askov Finlayson evaluates existing and new suppliers, our priority is that all suppliers adhere to our Supplier Code of Conduct for labor practices. In our industry, fairness and safety in labor is the most pressing issue, and it is vital that we choose suppliers that are best-in-class. Our Supplier Code of Conduct bans all forms of non-voluntary labor, including child, indentured, prison, as well as discrimination, harassment, or abuse of any kind. We also mandate that suppliers provide a healthy and safe workplace, and pay a competitive wage with working hours that comply with local and national laws.
We also evaluate our suppliers’ environmental impact because it is important to us and to the planet. We ask prospective suppliers – as well as existing suppliers on an annual basis – about their use of business practices that represent environmental stewardship. Our review includes best practices in apparel for sustainability management, waste minimization, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, energy efficiency, and chemical safety. We consider these results in all supplier decisions.
Where do you make the parka?
We search globally for manufacturing partners based on their commitment to ethical and sustainable practices as well as their technical expertise. Our parka is made by Unico Global in Bac Giang, Vietnam.
What are you doing to help make sure partners and their employees are treated fairly?
We are making social responsibility an important requirement as we grow our product line and expand our supply chain. We’re working to become a B Corporation, which will embed the need to treat people – our employees and the people who make our products – fairly and be accountable for their wellbeing.
Why did you choose synthetic down?
Our goal was to find the warmest, most sustainable insulation possible for our parka. Turns out it didn’t exist yet. Our parka is the first to use 3M™ Thinsulate™ 100% Recycled Featherless Insulation, remarkable for its performance and sustainability. It retains heat even when wet – unlike down, which does not.
What’s the Afield Pocket?
We love to truly embrace winter – to engage completely in what’s in front of us. But it’s not always easy. So we added an extra envelope to our parka that blocks cell and WiFi signals to a phone while its inside. No damage to the device, just ancient technology with a pretty modern application. We call it going into Present Mode, and we highly encourage it.
How is Askov Finlayson a climate positive business?
Here’s how our model works: we do an annual audit to come up with our carbon footprint as a company, inclusive of supply chain and manufacturing all the way down to the way our headquarters’ lightbulbs and our employees’ commutes to work. We multiply that number by the social cost of carbon and invest at least 110% of that amount in leading-edge solutions to the climate crisis, in addition to purchasing carbon credits. That’s just one way of holding ourselves accountable for a greater positive impact on climate. We’re excited to hear others! Feel free to reach out with ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the social cost of carbon?
The social cost of carbon is an estimate of the monetized damages caused by a one-ton increase in greenhouse gas emissions in a given year. It includes direct consequences, such as health problems from breathing dirty air, and the broader impacts from climate change, such as extreme weather and sea level rise. The exact cost has been the subject of much debate, but after consulting with outside experts in academia, business, and environmental advocacy, we’ve chosen the cost agreed upon by the Obama administration: about $43 per ton of carbon. We’ll continue to reevaluate and let you know about our progress on this front – look for our official report in January.
How do you decide which organizations to give grants to? And what are they?
Climate change is an immense issue, so we’ve focused on three key categories: organizations that advocate, educate and innovate. We’re looking for truly innovative organizations on the vanguard of solutions to the climate crisis, that embody the values of the North and have a national scope. These will grow and shift over time, but in 2019 we supported organizations like Climate Generation, Climate Central, Wilderness Inquiry, The Land Institute, Green Lands Blue Waters, Fresh Energy, and Clean Energy MN. You can look for details in our full Climate Impact Report in January 2020.