Timberland sourced from a total of 368 suppliers in 2014

Timberland sourced from a total of 368 suppliers in 2014

VF Corp-owned Timberland said 73% of its production in 2014 came from factories with demonstrated social/labour management systems.

The figure is up from 70% in 2013, and is one of a number of achievements made by the group outlined in its latest sustainability report.

At the close of 2014, 63% of Timberland's global footwear and apparel production came from factories that demonstrated effective environmental management practices. This is up from 59% in 2013.

The brand noted that it uses the management systems assessment tools developed by the Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP) and Social Accountability International's (SAIs) Social Fingerprint to evaluate suppliers' environmental and social/labour management systems.

Timberland sourced from a total of 368 suppliers in 2014, and has published its factory list since 2008, with quarterly updates.

Going beyond compliance, last year the company partnered with Planet Water Foundation to install clean water towers in the Dominican Republic and implement healthcare improvement programmes with BSR HERproject in Bangladesh. Since 2008, Timberland has initiated 49 sustainable living projects with factory communities across five countries.

"Timberland has a longstanding commitment to sustainability, which goes well beyond environmental stewardship," said Stewart Whitney, president, Timberland. "In our view, sustainability also relates to how we make our products, how we manage our supply chain, and how we support the communities where we do business. As we look to 2015 and beyond, we're ratcheting up our commitment in these areas, seeking innovative - and measurable - new ways to do well while also doing good. That's how we'll continue to build this great brand around the globe."

Additional achievements include 79% of its footwear incorporating renewable, organic, or recycled materials, up from 70% in 2013; producing 6.9m pairs of footwear made with outsoles containing up to 42% recycled rubber, up from 13m last year; and over 99% of footwear leather volume being sourced from tanneries that achieved a gold or silver rating by the Leather Working Group (LWG).