Los Angeles-based shirting company Frank & Eileen announced that it has earned B Corp certification from the non-profit B Lab with an impact score of 97.5. Following a rigorous and holistic certification process, the company received the second-highest score among globally recognized U.S. apparel brands, trailing only Patagonia, and the highest score of any woman-owned U.S. apparel brand.
Famous for its shirts worn by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle, Kamala Harris and Angelina Jolie, Frank & Eileen is a certified woman-owned and women-led company founded by former engineer Audrey McLoghlin. The B Corp certification affirms Frank & Eileen’s long-standing commitment to upholding the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability, the company said.
“Since day one, we have sought to create a product and a company that is the antithesis of fast fashion in every way,” said McLoghlin. “But certifications matter, especially as we face an unprecedented moment of change in the global fashion industry. We’re so proud that our practices meet the highest bar set by the global B Corp movement and embrace the opportunity to double down on our values as we head into our second decade.”
In its first step as a newly-minted B Corp, Frank & Eileen announced a $10 million giving pledge over the next ten years to nurture female leaders of tomorrow. The pledge kicked off with a $300,000 donation to Malala Fund, an international non-profit organization co-founded by youngest-ever Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai to advocate for girls’ education across the globe.
“Millions of girls are at risk of never returning to school when this pandemic is over,” said Suzanne Ehlers, CEO at Malala Fund. “To keep girls on track, we’re supporting locally-led initiatives that are helping girls continue their education from home and fighting for policies that will allow girls to return when schools reopen.”
Of the 100,000 companies that have used the B Impact Assessment tool, the first step towards qualification, less than 4% have achieved certification worldwide — only 24 of which are U.S. apparel companies.