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 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 exists to make
global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the
environment it grows in and better for the sector's future, by developing Better
Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.
• 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 2016, the BCI ranked Tommy Hilfiger #10 Better Cotton sourcing business
(volume). That same year, we sourced 10.1 million kilograms (22.3 million
pounds) of Better Cotton and today, more sustainable cotton, including our
organic cotton production, accounts for 29% of our global cotton volume.
• We are also incorporating sustainable down into our supply chain. From
Fall 2017, all our down products will be certified to the Responsible Down
• Work with our supplier base and other stakeholders to preserve water resources
in high-risk river basins.
• In 2013, in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), we
completed a water risk analysis of our global supply chain, including 1319
suppliers to help us define our water strategy, which guides our efforts to
reduce our impact on water systems and manage water more sustainably.
In 2016, we extended the scope of our water risk analysis to include more
than 350 additional suppliers such as printers and dye houses.
• In 2014, we established a multi-year partnership with WWF to collaborate on
preserving water resources through stakeholder engagement and implementing
more sustainable water practices across our own operations and those of our
• 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.
• In 2016, we continued our water stewardship efforts in the Taihu basin, focusing
on a comprehensive plan to improve water governance & awareness.
- We organized a training session in Shanghai in collaboration with WWF
and H&M in October 2016. The objective was to raise awareness among
suppliers on the impact of water issues on the textile business and methods
to address these challenges, and to review a new water regulation program
launched in China.
- In December 2016, as part of our efforts to engage more Industrial
Parks (IP) in the eco-IP project, we organized an IP workshop in collaboration
with WWF and H&M to address the impact of poor IP water management on
the performance of our factories.
- In order to publish a paper on water risk in the Mekong River basin, Tommy
Hilfiger and WWF are currently conducting in-depth research on water risks
and opportunities for the textile sector, particularly in Vietnam.
• To underscore our commitment to water preservation, PVH and Tommy Hilfiger
signed the CEO Water Mandate. The CEO Water Mandate aims to mobilize
companies to advance water stewardship and improve access to clean 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.
• 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.
• In 2014, we became a member of the Leather Working Group (LWG) and
investigated the origins of our leather globally. As a result, we organized a multi-
stakeholder summit in 2015 with over 40 participants on leather sustainability at
our office in Amsterdam.
• As of 2016, 10 of the primary tanneries we work with are accredited to the LWG
• 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. In 2015 and 2016, we trained all of our Level
1 suppliers and supply chain teams, and began training some of our Level 2
suppliers, on responsible chemical management. Click to find out more about
the PVH RSL or Chemicals Management Commitment.
• In 2017, we are evolving our factory assessment program to better understand
how to reduce environmental impacts and gain greater visibility across our supply
chain. We are launching the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s (“SAC”) Higg Index
Facilities Environmental Module (“FEM”) with strategic Level 1 (cut and sew)
and Level 2 (mills and trim) suppliers to help them evaluate their environmental
sustainability performance. We are also starting to expand our assessment
program deeper into our supply chain and will begin assessing our Level 2
suppliers' performance on human rights and inviting them to complete the Higg
• To reduce the impact of our denim finishing, we introduced a pilot program
using the EIM (Environmental Impact Measuring) system. For our 2017
collections, 25% of our denim products were developed within the EIM Low
Impact Process category, which focuses on significantly reducing the use of
chemical products per garment as well as water and energy consumption.