PVH’s total raw material use is cotton
Million kg of Better Cotton Used By Tommy Hilfiger
Better Cotton Share of Tommy Hilfiger Cotton Volume
Our Commitment: Source raw materials more sustainably to minimize social and environmental impacts along the supply chain
Sourcing high-quality raw materials is essential to our business and we are seizing the opportunity to do so in a way that generates more positive social and environmental impacts. Our sustainable materials strategy focuses on sourcing with more environmental and social considerations in respect of all materials — natural, synthetic and animal-based. We are taking action in relation to each of these three categories based on volume, risks and new market opportunities and work with each business division to determine which initiatives make the most sense for their business priorities.
Sourcing cotton more sustainably for the environment and farming communities is a particular global focus for PVH. Cotton represents nearly 70% of PVH’s raw material use, so we have a great need and opportunity to invest in markets for more sustainable cotton.
In terms of synthetic fibers, several of our divisions, including our Dress Furnishings Group and our Speedo business, are taking a lead on initiating the procurement of recycled or upcycled fibers, with a view to scale these sourcing efforts, where appropriate. We are also continuously identifying opportunities for all our divisions to feature products made with recycled polyester, with the aim of eventually sourcing recycled polyester whenever possible.
Responsible sourcing of animal-based materials has become an increasingly important issue to our company and stakeholders. Although these materials represent a very small portion of our global material footprint, we plan to roll-out a global animal welfare policy in 2017. The policy will address animal-based materials across seven categories, including wool, leather and down.
We conducted a global materials mapping exercise to inform our sustainable materials strategy. We identified priority areas of focus within natural, synthetic and animal-based raw material categories. To support our strategy, we are working with our design teams to help integrate more sustainable sourcing into their daily activities.
We are taking a portfolio approach to sustainable cotton by procuring and supporting the market growth for a variety of more sustainable cotton sources. Tommy Hilfiger has been a member of the Better Cotton Initiative since 2013 and is working toward a goal of 100% more sustainably sourced cotton by 2020. During 2016, Tommy Hilfiger procured more than 10,000,000 kg of Better Cotton, equaling 27% of its cotton volume and more than three times higher than in 2015.
Our Dress Furnishings Group, which encompasses our Heritage Brands, dress shirt and neckwear businesses, is creating a range of dress shirts made from recycled polyester to be incorporated into its 2018 product lines.
We made significant progress toward developing our animal welfare policy based on our most material animal welfare impacts, our existing commitments (such as our angora policy), stakeholder concerns and respected guidelines such as the Five Freedoms of animal welfare. We intend to rollout this policy in 2017 and engage a variety of stakeholders to address industry-wide solutions for more responsible sourcing of animal-based materials.