In 2007, as part of its overall sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) commitment, Timberland set a number of performance targets related to its four CSR pillars, which are Factories, Climate, Product and Service. The goal was to achieve these targets by the year 2015 but the company has just announced that it already passed two key environmental goals by the end of 2013, nearly two years ahead of schedule.
Starting from the 2006 status, Timberland's greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) have been reduced by 53 percent. The company's 2015 goal was to cut them by 50 percent. In 2013 alone, the brand reported a 23 percent reduction in GHG emissions as compared to 2012. Additionally, Timberland managed to source 32.4 percent of its energy from clean, renewable resources, exceeding its 2015 goal of 30 percent. In the last year alone, the brand increased its use of renewable energy by 20 percent over 2012, investing in new power generation processes especially at its European headquarters in Switzerland and in its global distribution centers.
Timberland's CSR achievements extend to other areas as well. In terms of community service, this May the company reached the important milestone of the one-millionth community service hour performed by its employees around the world. On an annualized basis, the brand served around 32 percent more hours in the first quarter of 2014 than in the first quarter of 2013.
Timberland is a brand of VF Corporation. More detailed data and analysis on Timberland's progress against various CSR targets can be found on the Goals & Progress section of its CSR website at http:/responsibility.timberland.com/reporting/goals-and-progress.
Separately, Timberland has decided to stop working with an apparel factory following its latest audit for corporate social responsibility. It has also dropped a licensee forever and suspended relations with another one for three months, pending the implementation of corrective measures.
The audit was conducted on 60 suppliers during the first quarter of 2014. Of those, nine were “accepted” and 48 were “accepted to be upgraded.” At the end of the quarter, Timberland's supply chain consisted of 321 factories, of which 212 make finished products and 109 supply materials and components.
Out of the finished-goods factories, 63 percent met Level 2 of Timberland's Global Social Compliance Program, showing a well-established environmental management system and demonstrating progress toward the reduction of environmental impacts. Level 3, which stands for the integration of such a system in their operations, was met by 27 other factories.