German fashion e-tailer Zalando says it is the first online platform globally to set its own science-based targets to reduce carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, and have them approved.
By 2025, the company aims to reduce its operational carbon emissions by 80% and carbon emissions coming from the production of private label products by 40% relatively. In order to reach beyond its own operations and positively impact the entire value chain, Zalando is committing to having 90% of its key partners set science-based targets to reduce carbon emissions themselves.
The Berlin-based firm says it is the first platform worldwide to set science-based targets and have them approved by the independent organisation, the Science Based Target initiative.
More specifically, the targets aim to reduce scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% by 2025 against a 2017 base year. Zalando commits to increase annual sourcing of renewable electricity from 34% in 2017 to 100% by 2025.
It has also committed to reducing scope 3 GHG emissions from private label products by 40% per EURm gross profit by 2025 from a 2018 base year.
Setting science-based targets is part of Zalando’s mission to have a net-positive impact for people and the planet, communicated first in its new do.MORE sustainability strategy in October 2019.
“Having our science-based targets approved is an important milestone for our sustainability strategy,” says Kate Heiny, director sustainability Zalando SE. “We believe there is a clear link between sustainability and continued commercial success in selling fashion online.
“The global coronavirus situation has shown us how flexible and fast the economy can be when change is needed, and this should be used as a blueprint when it comes to sustainability. Now is the time for a clear sustainability strategy and ambitious goals. As a platform we want to do more and thus did not limit our science-based targets to our own business, but will join forces with our partners.”
Last week, Zalando made sustainability a mandatory requirement for its private labels and partner brands – and after 2023 says it won’t work with those that don’t measure up.