Archive for February, 2011

One Day in a City Year

Blog readers will be familiar with Ryan and Kassidy Brown, siblings who are traveling from Alaska to Argentina in a “Journey of Action” — highlighting young people they meet along the way who are working to make positive social and environmental impact.

Ryan and Kassidy’s journey recently took them to San Antonio, Texas where they spent the day with City Year — an organization near and dear to Timberland hearts.  City Year’s San Antonio corps showed Journey of Action what leadership, dedication and positive impact means, and how they’re working to equip our next generation with the skills and opportunities to change the world.

Thank Timberland for Snowshoes!

With the fresh foot (plus) of snow we’ve received in the Stratham, NH area over the past two days, I am pretty thankful Timberland has, once again, equipped me to handle the elements. Not with stylish boots or apparel, but with one of our coolest workplace perks!

To my astonishment I learned, just last week, that Timberland lends snowshoes, canoes, kayaks and other equipment out to employees – for FREE! All we have to do is sign them out for the time period needed and that’s it! So while I may spend hours roof raking and shoveling this weekend, at least it will be a little easier with my snowshoes. Just another reason why we are one of the best companies to work for in New Hampshire!

Be Wise or Beware

Dear Timberland,

How do I know whether (insert any one of a dozen online retail sites here) is an authorized seller of Timberland products?

We get this question often enough … and still probably not as often as we should.  With the proliferation of online shopping sites out there touting incredible deals on the latest styles of all kinds of products, it’s hard to tell which are legitimate and which are not.  Here’s the bottom line on how to ensure you’re getting the real deal, courtesy of Timberland’s legal team:

The best way for consumers to make sure they’re buying legitimate Timberland products is to shop on Timberland.com or contact us for a list of our authorized retailers in their area (that information is also available on our website).  Truth is, there are probably more illegitimate sites on the internet than there are legitimate … better to be safe than sorry.

Here’s to safe shopping!

Timberland COC Team Engages in Southeast India Service

Timberland’s Code of Conduct coordinator Ann Caron shared this report from the Code of Conduct Summit we recently held in India:

Timberland’s annual Code of Conduct (COC) Summit, held in India in January, expanded its scope this year to include licensee representatives from CWF and Sperian, sourcing representatives from Timberland’s International Design Center in London, and members of the management teams of Matrix Clothing, Farida Shoes, Eastman Apparel, Birdy Apparel, Pou Yuen, and Li & Fung.  This 40+ person group gathered in Bangalore, Ambur, and Chennai, to engage in 8 days of learning, collaborating, and networking to strengthen our knowledge base and passion for Timberland’s Code of Conduct and environmental values.

Of course, no Timberland gathering would be complete without at least a few hours of community service.  On day 4, the group traveled to Farida for a tour of two of their facilities.  We were welcomed with warmth and hospitality, and were able to see Timberland shoes being produced in front of us.  After our tour, we traveled to Farida’s medical facility, where they offer healthcare to their workforce and the community.  When we reached the clinic, we were greeted by a dry, barren landscape, and a pile of sod, several trees, and a small mountain of soil.

We quickly donned our personal protective equipment, grabbed our tools and got to work.  We spread the pile of soil into the back yard of the clinic – no fancy bobcats or tractors, we formed an assembly line and passed shallow bowls of soil from the front to the back.

Then we laid out sod — not in rolls, but in square foot pieces — over the newly spread soil, transforming the barren soil into a lush, green carpet.  We finished by planting trees in the front and back yards to someday provide shade for the patients seeking medical care.

During this time, we created quite a stir among the community.  Passersby stopped to watch us, and even pitch in.  Children watched and cheered us on, and even joined us for a few photo opportunities.  There were even a few cows in residence.

The participants were asked to reflect on their service experience.  Here are some of the things they shared:

“First of all, my quick thinking is why are we not using more effective tools to move that pile of mud away to the garden?  Then fantastic things happened when my body turned right and turned left quickly – I saw that rhythm of life, the love people who want to give and the happiness of working hard together.  While the mud land was being changed to be green, that motivated and excited me.  Yes, do the right thing and make things better.  This is my first service event this year, and my first in India.  Thanks for inviting me to join.”

“Community service does not have a face, color, nationality, religious or political belief attached to it.  I was someone from another country trying to create a better living environment for people that I did not know and that I will probably never meet or see.”

“I was inspired very much by the way you all were dedicated and involved until the completion and the way you all moved with me, really I am honored.  I have a feeling that we all belong to one family.  All I can give you back is only thanks, thanks, and thank you all so much.”

“I loved that there were local kids present and asking questions.  It was great to tell them what we were doing and have them interested in service in the future.  One wanted to join us.  I felt it was a great multi-member group – COC, factory, IDC, and locals, and that showed what can be done when there is one main goal.  We were fast!”

“Together, we made it better.”

The Farida team, who already serves its community on a regular basis, was thrilled with the quick transformation of the clinic’s grounds and was inspired by the team’s “Pull on your boots and make a difference” spirit.  The COC team was exhausted, but at the same time energized and inspired by the impact we created in such a short time.

Just another example of how a small group of committed citizens can make a difference.