LWG features in Timberland 2013 CSR report

United States
Published:  14 April, 2014

Timberland has released its 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance data. The global brand first started reporting annual CSR data in 2001. Timberland’s persistent commitment to reduce its impact on the environment.

Timberland’s 2013 CSR Report presents data against four key pillars identified as priorities for the brand: product, climate, factories and service. From closing in on its one millionth volunteer service hour, to increasing the use of recycled, organic or renewable materials in its products, 2013 highlights include:

Bringing a sustainable style through increased use of eco-conscious materials.

  • In 2013, 70% of Timberland footwear incorporated recycled, organic or renewable (ROR) materials.
  • Ninety-eight percent of footwear leather volume was sourced from Silver or Gold-rated tanneries, as rated by the Leather Working Group, an independent group of tanneries and footwear brands that has established a protocol to assess the compliance and environmental performance of tanneries, and to promote sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the footwear leather industry.
  • Rubber is one of the heaviest and most impactful materials in footwear; Green Rubber(TM) outsoles reduce that impact by substituting virgin rubber with 42% post-industrial recycled latex. In 2013, Timberland expanded the use of Green Rubber material across its product lines. Through 2013, the brand has produced over 13 million pairs of Green Rubber outsoles using 4 million pounds of recycled rubber. That’s up from 9 million pairs and 2.8 million pounds of recycled rubber in 2012.
  • In 2013, Timberland diverted another 50 million plastic bottles from landfill – bringing the total to 128 million — through the use of recycled PET in its footwear product lines. This reflects a 64% increase year-over-year.

Climate

New carbon reporting structure elevated to parent company (VF Corp) in 2013.

  • In 2013, the management and tracking of the carbon emissions associated with owned and operated facilities was transitioned to Timberland’s parent company, VF Corporation.
  • In this new reporting structure, data related to Timberland’s emissions will be reported separately in May.

Factories

Striving to have a positive impact on the communities in which Timberland work.

  • In 2013, Timberland furthered its “beyond compliance, beyond factory walls” approach to social and environmental impacts in its supply chain through a variety of projects promoting the welfare of employees and their communities.
  • 2013 projects included a community childcare centre in India, financial literacy programs in India and health awareness programs in Bangladesh.
  • Timberland continued to utilise Social Accountability International’s (SAI’s) Social Fingerprint tool for benchmarking and guiding factories in developing best-in-class social/labour management systems. Seventy percent of Timberland’s global footwear and apparel production was sourced from factories meeting “Level 3″ criteria of SAI’s benchmark, exceeding the brand’s goal of 51%.

Timberland’s vision of being the largest, most sustainable outdoor lifestyle brand on earth, a key area of focus for 2014 will be continuing to innovate on the product side, increasing its use of recycled, organic and renewable materials across all categories, while also delivering the versatile styling consumers demand. Timberland will also continue to identify opportunities to enrich the lives of its factory workers and communities; in March, the brand partnered with Planet Water to install two water towers in the Dominican Republic, providing much-needed clean drinking water to thousands of local workers and community members.

“As a brand, Timberland evaluates itself against the positive impacts we can make on the world,” said Patrik Frisk, President of Timberland. “The push to create sustainable impacts across our business and the communities in which we operate around the world is deeply engrained in Timberland’s strategic vision,” added Frisk. “Putting our values into action is never siloed and is never a one-off. As we grow as a brand, in my eyes that creates more opportunity for us to do more good. I extend my thanks to our teams and business partners worldwide who, with their service and commitment, have helped make this vision a reality.”

To see the full 2013 results visit: http://responsibility.timberland.com/reporting/goals-and-progress.