Kohls plans to achieve 100% sustainably sourced cotton in its proprietary brands by 2025

Kohl's plans to achieve 100% sustainably sourced cotton in its proprietary brands by 2025

US department store retailer Kohl's has announced a series of new sustainability goals, including plans to achieve 100% sustainably sourced cotton in its proprietary brands by 2025.

The targets focus on three key areas: climate action, waste and recycling, and sustainable sourcing. 

"At Kohl's we are committed to being a responsible corporate citizen, making our communities stronger by supporting initiatives and organisations that focus on health and wellness, sustainability, and environmental efforts that benefit all families," says CEO Michelle Gass, adding the new goals "support Kohl's efforts to enhance our standing as a retailer of purpose."

Climate action

Kohl's climate action goals are focused on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and increased use of renewable energy. They support the United Nations Sustainable Development 7 Affordable and Clean Energy and 13 Climate Action goals.

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Kohl's-owned operations by 50% versus 2014 baseline by 2025.
  • Further reduce energy consumption by 10% at Kohl's facilities by 2025, building off of the company's existing 20% reduction against 2008 baseline.
  • Expand renewable energy platforms by building off the company's existing 161 solar and wind locations.
  • Support the transition to a low-carbon transportation system, building off of the company's existing 96 locations offering electrical vehicle charging.

Waste and recycling

Kohl's waste and recycling goals are focused on the management of all wastes, reducing waste generation and promoting relevant recycling information to customers. They support the SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production goal.

  • Divert 85% of Kohl's US operational waste from landfills by the end of 2025.
  • Label 100% of Kohl's-owned branded packaging with the How2Recycle label by 2025.
  • Reduce the amount of plastic and cardboard in Kohl's-owned branded packaging.

Sustainable sourcing

Kohl's sustainable sourcing goals are focused on the efficient use of natural resources and environmentally sound management of chemicals within the company's owned branded products. These targets support the SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production goal.

  • Achieve 100% sustainably sourced cotton in Kohl's proprietary brands by 2025.
  • Achieve 50% of products containing polyester to be made with recycled materials in Kohl's proprietary brands by 2025.
  • Require all approved facilities producing Kohl's private- and exclusive-branded products to complete the Higg Index Environmental Module by 2025.
  • Utilising the Higg Index, drive substantial water reduction use in the production of Kohl's-owned branded products by 2025.
  • Emphasise the elimination and reduction of chemicals in Kohl's-owned brand products and strive for a zero-discharge supply chain of hazardous chemicals, building off of the company's existing chemical sustainability programme. ­

Kohl's says it is committed to monitoring and reporting performance and progress against these goals within its annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report.