We believe that the future success of our business is dependent on bringing sustainable practices into all elements of our operations. Our mission is to be one of the leading sustainable designer lifestyle brands through how we create our product, manage our operations and connect with our community and our stakeholders.
As part of the Corporate Responsibility program of our parent company PVH Corp., we have established three principles and 10 commitments that, together across the entire organization, we are working to achieve by 2020. This program embraces the core values and spirit of the Tommy Hilfiger brand: it is inclusive, focused on quality and inspires us to make our sustainability ambitions an integral part of our business, every single day.
CEO, Tommy Hilfiger and PVH Europe
The discussion in this section focuses on our own direct operations and those of our parent company, PVH Corp. While we do impose significant standards on our business partners, such as the PVH Corp. Shared Commitment code of conduct, the initiatives we talk about are our own and, generally, we do not address what our licensees, franchisees and other partners may be doing in regard to their operations.
• By 2020, we aim to procure 100% of our cotton from more sustainable sources,
meaning cotton that is grown in a more sustainable way or recycled.
• Since 2012, we have produced over 4 million pieces using organic cotton.
• We are a member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), which helps farmers grow
cotton in a way that reduces impact on the local environment and improves the
livelihoods and welfare of farming communities.
• In 2014, we joined the Better Cotton Fast Track Fund, in which we have
partnered with other global brand owners to create sustainable change in the
cotton industry through accelerating the production of Better Cotton.
• In 2015, we sourced 4.3 million kilograms (9.5 million pounds) of Better
Cotton. Together with the organic cotton volume, this amounts to 13% of our
global cotton use.
• In addition to cotton, we've also started incorporating sustainable down into
our supply chain. The majority of our Fall'16 styles contain certified sustainable
• Work with our supplier base and other stakeholders to preserve water resources
in high-risk river basins.
• Together with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), in 2013, we completed a
water risk analysis of our global supply chain. The results helped us to define
our water strategy, which guides us and our suppliers in reducing our impact on
water systems and managing water more sustainably.
• In 2014, we established a multi-year partnership with WWF to work together on
preserving water resources through stakeholder engagement and implementing
more sustainable water practices throughout our own operations and those of
our manufacturing partners.
• In 2015, we began supporting two WWF stewardship programs. In China's Taihu
River basin our goal is to work with local stakeholders, including our suppliers,
on preserving and governing water resources. In the Mekong River basin we
support research that is carried out on the economic relevance of water.
• We aim for all of our products to be made in facilities that meet our requirements
on water use and waste water, energy consumption and chemical management.
• All of our vendors are required to adhere to PVH’s global Restricted Substances
List (RSL) and chemicals testing program to ensure our products are free from
harmful chemicals. Click to learn more about the PVH’s RSL or Chemicals
• In 2013, PVH joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)
program. Through this platform we – along with PVH’s other branded
businesses – are working to set a new global standard for the apparel industry by
phasing out harmful chemicals from our supply chain.
• To date, more than 120 of our suppliers completed the Sustainable Apparel
Coalition’s Higg Index environmental questionnaire, which helps us to
measure the environmental impacts of our supply chain.
• In 2015, 17 of these facilities carried out on-site verification of the Higg
assessment and the results help us to further structure our environmental
supply chain program.
• In 2014, we became a member of the Leather Working Group (LWG) and
investigated the origins of our leather globally. In 2015, 10 of our primary
tanneries were certified to the LWG standard, and we organized a multi-
stakeholder summit with over 40 participants on leather sustainability at our
office in Amsterdam.
• With our denim teams in Europe, we introduced a pilot program using the EIM
(Environmental Impact Measuring) system, to reduce the impact of our denim