US outdoor apparel maker Timberland has released its Q3 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance data. The figures have been broken down by the three CSR goals of product, outdoors, and community. The data shows that in Q3, 69 per cent of all cotton used in Timberland apparel was either organic, of US-origin or Better Cotton Initiative certified.
Meanwhile, Timberland's average use of volatile organic compounds was 54 grams per pair of shoes while 91.6 per cent of Timberland's overall leather volume came from tanneries that have a Silver or Gold rating by the Leather Working Group, a multi-stakeholder group, comprising of brands, retailers, leather manufacturers, chemical companies and other relevant parties in the leather supply chain with the goal of raising the environmental performance of the leather industry.
Timberland sourced from 349 factories in Q3. In terms of outdoors, Timberland has aligned future targets with the goals of its parent company VF Corporation around energy reduction and renewable energy.
Timberland has set itself a number of other ambitious sustainability targets which it aims to achieve by 2020. These include having 100 per cent of footwear including at least one material containing recycled, organic or renewable (ROR) content; to have 100 per cent of footwear and outerwear leather sourced from tanneries that have earned a Gold or Silver rating from the Leather Working Group; for 100 per cent of apparel cotton to come from organic, US-origin or Better Cotton Initiative–certified sources; and for 100 per cent of footwear and apparel to be PVC-free.