The CEO Water Mandate has been signed by PVH and its Tommy Hilfiger business

The CEO Water Mandate has been signed by PVH and its Tommy Hilfiger business

Apparel giant PVH Corp has expanded its commitment to sustainable development by joining the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world's largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative, and signing the CEO Water Mandate to safeguard and preserve water resources.

PVH joins more than 9,000 corporate members in joining the UNGC platform, which calls on companies to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

The UN's CEO Water Mandate, meanwhile, has been signed by PVH and its Tommy Hilfiger business. The initiative mobilises business leaders to advance water stewardship and to improve access to clean water and sanitation.

The moves come after the company earlier this year signed the UN Women's Empowerment Principles to reinforce its commitment to gender equality in the workplace. 

"The world is changing rapidly," says PVH CEO Emanuel Chirico. "We recognise both the opportunity and the responsibility for business to take a lead role in addressing pressing global issues. We believe that by partnering with the United Nations through our commitment to the UN Global Compact, CEO Water Mandate and Women's Empowerment Principles, we can better drive progress in the areas that matter most to our business, our industry and the world more broadly."

Earlier this year, PVH launched an enhanced global CR strategy structured with ten commitments across three key focus areas: empowering people; preserving the environment; and supporting communities. The strategies support 14 of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, covering issues such as building safety, chemical management, greenhouse gases, inclusion and diversity, and supporting the needs of women and children.

PVH ramps up corporate responsibility commitments

The commitments build on PVH's ongoing work in the area of sustainability. The company has been an affiliate of the Fair Labor Association, a multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at protecting workers' rights and finding solutions to industry-wide labour issues, since its inception. And this year, the company achieved FLA re-accreditation for its corporate responsibility programme.

In October, Chirico, alongside Hanesbrands CEO Richard Noll, was named '2016 Responsible CEO of the Year' – with Chirico also picking up a  Lifetime Achievement award.

PVH and Hanesbrands CEOs awarded for CSR work