US fashion giant Levi’s has outlined new environmental targets in its newly published 2021 sustainability report including a pledge to be a net-zero carbon company by 2050, media reported.
In the sustainability report, the fashion giant outlined its focus areas 16 including greenhouse gas emissions, water stewardship, circular economy, worker wellbeing in the supply chain, diversity, equity and inclusion, and social issue advocacy.
Chip Bergh, CEO, and president of Levi Strauss & Co, commented that these goals are crucial to the future of their business.
“By doubling down on sustainability and ESG reporting, we are creating a more resilient business while also signaling to our full range of stakeholders, including our consumers, that we are committed to being transparent about our progress on ESG matters and working to create the scale necessary to address the most pressing challenges of our time,” he added.
Levi’s also said that it will report on its progress on each goal on an annual basis, demonstrating to all stakeholders that it is becoming “more sustainable, more equitable and more impactful”.
“Our new goals signal a step change in our sustainability ambitions and our intent to increase open collaboration in the industry,” explained Jeffrey Hogue, chief sustainability officer at Levi’s.
“We intend to leverage the strength of our brands and our longstanding company values to inspire our employees, communities, and value chain partners to join our journey to create a more inclusive and regenerative apparel industry.”
Several of the goals in the sustainability report are new, including the pledge to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by no later than 2050, and a commitment to phase out single-use plastics in consumer-facing packaging by 2030.
Others were pre-existing, such as Levi’s climate targets, which include a 40% cut in supply chain emissions and moving to 100% renewable electricity in all company-operated facilities by 2025, and a plan to halve freshwater use in manufacturing in areas of high water stress, also by 2025.
The report also reveals the progress made against Levi’s targets so far, which include a 22% reduction in supply chain emissions and a 66% reduction in the company’s own emissions since 2016, as well as switching to 85% renewable electricity in company-operated facilities.