Since Sword & Plough was founded in 2012, our team has worked hard to achieve positive and measurable impact while fulfilling our mission to strengthen civil-military understanding, empower veteran employment, and reduce waste. Sword & Plough is committed to our quadruple bottom line, which consists of social impact, environmental impact, purpose, and donating 10% of profit or 2% of revenue, whichever is greater, to veteran organizations.
We support social impact by supporting veteran employment at every stage of our business. This includes the design process, manufacturing, fulfillment and sales. Since 2012, Sword & Plough has helped support over 65 veteran jobs through our own company and manufacturing partners. These include positions within our own management team, through our contract manufacturing partners (which are veteran owned or partially staffed by veterans), through our veteran owned fulfillment center, and through our Brand Champion program. Sword & Plough encourages any job-seeking veteran to send his or her resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can try to help secure an employment opportunity either internally or within our expanding supply chain.
Another key part of the Sword & Plough mission is to reduce waste and minimize our carbon footprint on the world. By incorporating repurposed military surplus materials into our designs, we are able to significantly reduce our environmental impact as a fashion brand. We also manufacture exclusively in the U.S., which reduces our carbon emissions. To date, we have repurposed over 30,000 pounds of military surplus. Additionally, we use recycled materials in our packaging! Sword & Plough products are made in colors that are fashionable year round, which reduces the need to purchase multiple bags! Your S&P bag might be the only bag you carry for years to come!
Sword & Plough is also committed to strengthening civil-military understanding. Our team knows that veterans are highly skilled technical professionals, problem solvers, and proven leaders who are empowering assets to civilian communities and companies. Through our social media, email, blog and public speaking opportunities, we work to educate others about the value that veterans provide. Our customers love to share the conversations they have when stopped and asked “Where did you get that bag?” or “What is that bag made out of?” Those conversations are opportunities to bridge the divide and increase understanding between civilian and military communities. Do you have a similar story to share or an inspiring veteran or leader you’d like to highlight in Sword & Plough’s Inspiration of the Week? Email us at email@example.com with your submission!
We are proud to donate 10% of profits or 2% of revenue, whichever is greater, to veteran nonprofit organizations that align with our mission. You can view all of our veteran giving partners here! We’ve also donated more than $45,000 worth of Sword & Plough products to veteran organizations. These in-kind donations have helped support over 100 additional veteran-related initiatives in areas of employment, education, health, housing, and leadership. In addition to making financial contributions, the Sword & Plough team members regularly donate their time to veteran-related service projects.