US' Columbia Sportswear aims for 30% reduction in emissions by 2030
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American sports brand Columbia Sportswear Company has released its 2021 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report, which includes performance highlights and progress made throughout 2021 in the three pillars of its corporate responsibility strategy — empowering people, sustaining places, and responsible practices.
Reduction in emissions by the company’s manufacturing partners will help it to meet its previously established manufacturing climate target of a 30 per cent reduction in manufacturing emissions by 2030, as compared to a 2019 baseline.
2021 proved to be another challenging year with operations across the globe affected by the pandemic, but ESG remained a priority for Columbia Sportswear Company.
“Despite facing challenges, the company had its best year in history, and we did so while maintaining our commitment to environmental, social, and governance issues. We proved, once again, that by living our core value of Doing the Right Thing, we can thrive and do well by our people, places, and practices,” said Tim Boyle, chairman, president and CEO.
The report highlights work accomplished by its four primary brands — Columbia, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear, and prAna. In 2021, Columbia Sportswear Company finalised one Carbon Leadership Project programme and one Clean by Design programme with two cohorts of manufacturing partners at the Tier 1 and Tier 2 levels to help the partners reduce their environmental impact.
The company also introduced the Coalition of Asian & Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group, bringing the total number of employee resource groups to seven. Two new water towers in supply chain locations were also built to bring clean water to manufacturing partners and their employees with the Planet Water Foundation, bringing the total number of water towers built to 24. COVID-19 community vaccine clinics in Portland, Oregon were coordinated and an educational campaign encouraging all employees to get vaccinated was launched.
The company has also released a Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Index, which discloses the Company’s ESG efforts in accordance with SASB industry-specific standards.
Columbia Sportswear Company deals with outdoor, active, and lifestyle products including apparel, footwear, accessories, and equipment.