Of the leather sourced for Timberland footwear, apparel and accessories, 96% came from tanneries earning a Silver or Gold rating

Of the leather sourced for Timberland footwear, apparel and accessories, 96% came from tanneries earning a Silver or Gold rating

Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland says all of its suppliers met or exceeded its social, labour and environmental expectations in the third quarter and it has now published full supply chain transparency footprint maps on 42 of its most iconic products.

Its latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report states 370 factories were approved to produce for Timberland at the end of the quarter, 54 of which were footwear factories, 120 apparel factories, 99 factories producing licensed goods and accessories, 29 tanneries, and 68 fabric mills and component suppliers. 55% were rated 'accepted', and 167 (45%) were rated 'developmental'.

Of the leather sourced for Timberland footwear, apparel and accessories, 96% came from tanneries earning a Silver or Gold rating by the Leather Working Group (LWG) for their progressive water, energy and waste management practices, and 92% of the cotton used for Timberland apparel and accessories was either organic, US-origin, or sourced through the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI).

Cotton usage for Timberland apparel and accessories was 763 metric tonnes, 92% of which was either organic (56%) or sourced through BCI (36%).

Also during the quarter, Timberland's average use of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) per pair was 43 grams. Solvent-based adhesives release VOCs, which can create human and environmental health hazards.

This was lower than the previous quarter but still shy of the company's target of 42 grams by end of 2020. Styles previously produced at three facilities with historical high-VOC usage were moved to factories that use low-VOC, water-based adhesives, and employ better practices of adhesive application.

The company has also committed to creating or restoring green spaces globally, including a goal to create or restore 500,000 square feet of urban green space in the US by 2023. To date, it has greened 268,578 square feet, surpassing the halfway point of its goal. Timberland planted over 10.7m trees, with 510,036 trees planted in 2019.

Having already achieved its 2020 goal to plant 10m trees, the company has now pledged to plant an additional 50m by 2025.

At the end of 2019, 31% of the energy used in Timberland's owned and operated facilities came from renewable sources – a slight decrease from its 2018 result of 32%. The solar array located at its Ontario, CA distribution centre was not fully operational during 2019, so that source of renewable energy was removed from Timberland's portfolio. Its goal is to source 50% of its energy through renewable sources by 2020 and 100% by 2025.

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