At Depop, impact is part of our DNA. We believe in the power of our community to change fashion consumption, creating a system that’s kinder to both people and the planet. And we’re proud of the impact our community is already driving in the world. Since 2021, Depop users have given a second life to 25 million items that already existed, and enabled tens of thousands of individuals to make an income from circular fashion*.
Over the last two years, we’ve been more intentional about setting concrete goals to drive our positive impact further. In 2021 we launched our first set of commitments aimed at reducing Depop’s environmental impact, promoting diversity and equity throughout the Depop employee and community experience, and making circular fashion the first choice for more people. That year we joined the Etsy, Inc. family of marketplaces, which all share a similar mission to keep commerce human, and a vision focused on running sustainable businesses that benefit our communities. Becoming part of the Etsy House of Brands allowed us to tap into broader resources and develop more comprehensive plans and impact reporting.
It’s now time for us to take the next step on our Impact journey. Our refreshed Impact Goals, for 2023 and beyond, focus on the issues that matter most to our stakeholders, and drive progress aligned with Etsy, Inc. House of Brands’ Impact framework. In setting these targets, we’ve drawn on insights from our community, industry experts and third-party research to drive maximum focus and impact, and put continuous improvement at the heart. We’ve identified five central environmental and social impact areas on which to focus our energy: Circularity, Net Zero emissions reductions, Sustainability Operations, Employee DEI and Marketplace DEI. And whilst not specifically outlined, our evergreen commitment to fostering a culture of ethics and accountability at Depop remains, in support of Etsy's wider Governance goals**.
To account for a world where fashion and technology continue to change at pace, we’ll review our Impact Goals annually to revisit our commitments, measure progress and update them as needed - allowing us to constantly iterate and improve. We’ll transition to publicly reporting on progress every year via Etsy, Inc. Integrated Annual Report, holding ourselves accountable to ambitious goals and rigorous standards.
We’re very proud of the progress we’ve made to date with our Impact work; but there’s so much more we can do. As we progress through 2023 and start looking beyond, we are continually inspired by the passion and energy of the people who are powering a generational shift in how we consume. Our job, as ever, is to give a platform to the real changemakers - our community - today and tomorrow.
Director of Sustainability and DEI
* Refers to secondhand items listed and sold with ‘Used’ condition attribute in 2021 and 2022. Brand new items and items without a tagged condition attribute are excluded
** Find out more about Etsy’s Governance here.