Timberland Releases 2011 CSR Performance
Last week, Timberland announced progress against our annual corporate social responsibility goals. Detailed information about our 2011 results can be found on our Responsibility site; highlights of our progress in 2011 include the following:
- Product: Innovate Cradle-to-Cradle Design
Timberland experienced continued growth of Earthkeepers® – our most eco-conscious line, now comprising one-third of total sales. Earthkeepers® products best represent our use of environmentally preferred materials – such as recycled, organic or renewable materials – and this is driving improvements across all product lines. In fact, for the 58.6% of footwear we measured in 2011, over half the materials were recycled, organic or renewable.
- Service: Engage Employees
2011 produced our best employee participation rates ever in the Path of ServiceTM employee volunteer program, which celebrates its twentieth year in 2012. We’re proud to have met our Hours Utilization Rate goal of 42%, which measures total volunteer hours used vs. available Path of Service hours. In total, our employees served more than 92,600 hours this year.
- Climate: Protect the Outdoors
Our greenhouse gas emissions increased by 4.5% over 2010. While we didn’t meet our 2011 target, this is still a positive achievement in a year of strong business growth. The emissions increase was primarily due to increased air travel by employees; in 2012, we will experiment with carbon budgeting to alleviate emissions increases from air travel. In addition, we met our industry-leading 2011 goal to source 15 percent of energy from renewable sources.
- Factories: Improve Workers’ Lives
Global factory performance remained relatively static in 2011, with continuing business partners showing slightly improved performance. We were challenged to meet our 2011 target for factories’ environmental performance, as measured by the Global Social Compliance Program. In 2012, Timberland will promote the benefits achieved by those factories that did meet its target to demonstrate financial incentives to other suppliers.
We’re proud to continue our commitment to transparency and accountability by disclosing this information. How are we doing? Let us know your thoughts about our performance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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