Multinational footwear retailer Aldo claims it has become the first fashion footwear and accessories company in the world to be certified climate neutral.
The Montreal-based group has been certified by South Pole, a world-leading developer of climate action projects, according to its climate neutral company label criteria.
Aldo offset 100% of the carbon emissions produced in 2017 by its corporate stores, offices and distribution centres, and will continue this commitment moving forward.
“We recognise the impact our industry has on global climate change and are motivated to attack this problem head-on,” says Aldo Group CEO David Bensadoun. “We still have work to do, but we strongly believe that a low-carbon future is possible and are committed to doing our part by going climate neutral today. Our goal is to make it easy for our customers to stay fashionable and to choose good.”
Social consciousness has always been at the heart of the Aldo Group’s actions. In 2013, it calculated its carbon footprint and set itself a baseline for improvement. Since then, the company has improved the energy efficiency of its offices and corporate stores, resulting in a 33% reduction of its greenhouse gases in only five years by converting store lighting to 100% LED technology, implementing Energy Management Systems (EMS) that control lighting and ventilation and sourcing renewable energy.
In addition, the Aldo Group also went a step further and implemented organisation-wide initiatives to reduce business travel and product transport emissions.
To offset the remainder of its non-avoidable emissions, the company purchases Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from wind farms located in regions where its corporate stores are located and invests in high-quality carbon credits that support low-impact, small hydroelectric projects in its top sourcing countries. These projects, in turn, create jobs locally and support the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Global sustainability solutions provider South Pole certified the Aldo Group’s climate neutrality and confirmed that the company is successfully offsetting its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions as well as a portion of its Scope 3 indirect emissions related to the company’s business travel.
The Aldo Group is now moving on to the next phase of its low-carbon journey and working to set ambitious new objectives. The company hopes to reduce its carbon footprint even further by:
- Setting an ambitious emissions reduction target for 2030 grounded in climate science and having it validated by the Science-Based Target Initiative;
- Looking upstream at indirect supply chain emissions and partnering with vendors to help them improve;
- Sourcing more sustainable materials that will contribute to fewer greenhouse gas emissions;
- Working closely with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition to develop product footprint tools that will more accurately calculate and address fashion footwear’s environmental impacts.
“We applaud the Aldo Group for its steadfast commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its business and working to create a sustainable society,” says Renat Heuberger, CEO and co-founder of South Pole. “We are proud to have worked with the Aldo Group in its journey to climate neutrality, and we hope that their actions will inspire other retailers to join the movement by also setting ambitious targets and committing to bold climate action.”