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.
Daniel Grieder 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 reduce greenhouse gas emissions across our operations by
20% compared to 2014 levels.
• In 2015, we launched our digital Showroom – an innovative concept that
reshapes the way brands showcase and sell product at market. The Digital
Showroom aims to decrease our environmental impact by reducing the need
for sample production, logistics, utilities and building space. This has already
led to an 80% reduction in samples at our flagship Digital Showroom in
Amsterdam. By the end of 2017, 17 cities globally will have a Digital Showroom.
• In 2015 in North America, PVH improved freight consolidation in partnership
with SmartWay. Through this program we can record the output of hauling
vehicles, such as idling information and fuel consumption, in an effort to improve
• We are developing carbon footprint reduction strategies to reduce indirect
and direct emissions impact following our assessment of over 500 company-
operated stores and facilities, as well as our inbound and outbound logistics
and business travel carbon footprint in 2016.
• In 2016, our new central PVH Europe state-of-the-art warehouse in Venlo,
the Netherlands achieved a BREEAM Very Good certification. Combining
innovation with brand heritage, the warehouse boasts recycled Tommy Hilfiger
showroom interior elements, energy-efficient lighting and rainwater recovery
systems. To support biodiversity, beehives are kept in the surrounding areas.
• Following in depth assessments of our Tommy Hilfiger stores, we launched the
sustainable minimum guidelines for all PVH retail stores in Europe and certified
our first store in Leeds, U.K., to BREEAM Very Good.
• To date, approximately 60% of our company-operated North American and
European retail stores have converted to using energy-efficient LED track
lights, and we will continue to roll-out this program for all re-fits and newly-
• By 2020, we aim to reduce total carton consumption (by weight) by 25% and
ensure that the materials used are sourced more sustainably.
• In 2016, we baselined our carton volumes globally, revealing that over 90% of
total weight relates to inbound and outbound packaging cartons. With the aim
of reducing our inbound packaging weight, our North American business tested
a new carton that has the potential to reduce the weight by up to 33%. The focus
is now on determining how to reduce the number of shipping boxes through more
• In our North America retail stores, all our shopping bags contain 40% post-
consumer recycled materials.
• In North America, we have eliminated more than 50 tons (100,000 pounds) of
paper by reducing the size of our hangtags.
• Our warehouse in Venlo, the Netherlands – which ships approximately 40%
of our total global volume – already uses 100% Forest Stewardship
Council (FSC) ® certified shipping boxes.
• By 2020, we aim to achieve a 25% reduction in plastic-based packaging use and
source the remainder from more sustainable materials.
• In 2016, we baselined our plastic volume, and with approximately 90% coming
from polybag packaging our efforts are focused on reducing our main impact
• By 2020, we aim to:
• train at least 80% of our designers on circular design principles;
• implement 3D design tools in at least 50% of our business divisions to
facilitate real-time design feedback on circularity;
• use post-consumer textile waste fibers in at least 70% of our business
divisions, with the ambition to increase the recycled content year-on-year;
• repurpose and recycle all waste generated at our stores, offices and
*as far as local waste infrastructure allows
• In 2017, we signed the Copenhagen Fashion Summit Call to Action on
Circularity, which aims to further increase the volume of textile collected,
reused and recycled within the fashion industry.
• We gave more than 6,880 kg of wearable merchandise a second life
through the His Church organization.
• In 2016, we donated over 4.6 metric tons of damaged and non-damaged
materials to re-fashionNYC, which facilitates their reuse, repurposing and
• A recycling program piloted at our warehouse in Venlo, the Netherlands
resulted in the repurposing or recycling of 86% of non-wearable
merchandise in Europe. This program is now implemented as regular practice.
• Thanks to recycling bins placed across our European headquarters, 75%
of our waste is recycled and 25% is incinerated. At our New York City office,
waste is collected and processed as part of a single stream program operated
by the municipality within the building.