We aim to source raw materials and produce goods in ways that minimize social and environmental impacts along our supply chain. In 2015, we took important steps to better understand the impact of the materials in our products. We partnered with our sourcing divisions to conduct a global mapping of the materials used in our products, including the volumes we use. We are also exploring the environmental impacts of one of our major products – Van Heusen dress shirts – from start to finish by conducting a lifecycle assessment. These exercises provide a critical foundation for our global sustainable materials strategy, which is currently in development.
We continue to support the SAC’s efforts to develop an industry-wide system to measure suppliers’ environmental performance, using its Higg index tool. Seven factories producing Tommy Hilfiger goods have participated in the current Higg index verification pilot to create and test a methodology for checking self-assessment scores. An additional 15 factories used by us will be covered through the participation of other brand owners who use the same factories. Our engagement with the SAC informs our environmental strategy, the incorporation of environmental indicators into our factory assessment tool and our efforts to design products more sustainably.
Protecting animal welfare is integral to our commitment to source raw materials – such as wool, leather and down – more responsibly. It is also an increasingly important issue for our industry, with consumers, wholesale customers and non-profits seeking greater transparency on animal welfare topics.
In 2015, we began work on a global animal welfare policy encompassing all of PVH's branded businesses. In particular, we considered our most material animal welfare impacts, stakeholder concerns and respected guidelines such as the Five Freedoms. The policy will outline our expectations with regard to key materials and includes industry-wide certifications, such as the Textile Exchange’s Responsible Down Standard, where applicable.
We will launch the policy in the coming year, asking all relevant business partners to sign it as part of their agreements.
Tommy Hilfiger is making progress on its Sustainable Evolution strategy and updates are available on its website. Sustainable materials highlights include:
Our ambition to minimize the environmental impact of our materials sourcing starts with sustainable design. In 2015, Speedo USA partnered with Italian yarn maker Aquafil and Chinese supplier Parawin to transform nylon factory remnants into new swimsuits. Through this ground-breaking project, Speedo and Parawin recapture cutting floor scraps and ship them to Aquafil’s plants in Slovenia, where it is spun into Aquafil’s 100% regenerated Econyl® nylon. Econyl® offers superior performance to virgin nylon, and the new Speedo Powerflex Eco swimwear collection (made of 78% Econyl®) is priced on par with Speedo’s existing ranges. The partnership has created one of the first take-back programs in the swimwear industry, and Speedo plans to build on its new closed loop swimwear program by exploring how to use Econyl® across the rest of its collections.
“Throughout the product development process, we aim to reduce the consumption of non-renewable resources and minimize waste. The Econyl® fabric has great compression and recovery, and is also likely to appeal to consumers seeking more sustainable fashion choices.”
Senior Director of Product Development, Speedo USA
As part of our Source to Store vision, we look at how materials used during the design process are discarded at the end of their useful life. In 2015, Tommy Hilfiger partnered with re-fashioNYC, a joint initiative of the City of New York and non-profit Housing Works, on a pilot to reuse, repurpose or recycle both damaged and intact clothing and footwear. Calvin Klein followed suit shortly thereafter. re-fashionNYC sorts items, donates usable goods to thrift shops and charities and sells the remaining scraps to be transformed into products like home insulation.