Ralph Lauren Corp. has unveiled a series of pledges related to sustainability, including a commitment to power all of its globally owned and operated offices, distribution centers and stores with 100 percent renewable electricity by 2025 and join RE100, a group of the world’s most influential businesses committed to the use of renewable power.
The pledges advance the company’s work to integrate citizenship and sustainability across its global businesses as part of its Design the Change strategy.
In addition, and prior to the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Lauren has made the following commitments:
It has signed the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, which contains several climate-related commitments, including prioritizing the use of raw materials with low-climate impact and pursuing energy efficiency measures and renewable energy across the supply chain.
Lauren has also affirmed its commitment to the Paris Agreement by joining the “We Are Still In” coalition and signing a joint letter, along with a number of leading companies and chief executive officers, urging the U.S. government to remain a signatory to the Paris Agreement.
Each of these commitments is inspired by Lauren’s commitment to timelessness, an idea that is inherent in the Company’s Purpose and has guided its design vision and how it operates its business for more than 50 years.
“A world that is beautiful and cared for is the ultimate luxury, and we have a role to play in protecting it by addressing our impacts and creating a more sustainable future,” said Patrice Louvet, president and ceo of Ralph Lauren Corp. “Today, we strengthen our commitment to address climate change, one of the biggest challenges facing our world, by joining the movement of companies driving the adoption of renewable energy and affirming our support for the Paris Agreement.”
To achieve its goal to power all owned and operated offices, distribution centers and stores with 100 percent renewable electricity by 2025, Lauren will pursue a combination of virtual power purchase agreements in North America as well as assess a select number of U.S. sites for onsite solar power installations. For the remaining electricity use, the company will purchase Green Power Products, including Renewable Energy Certificates, Guarantees of Origin and International Renewable Energy Credits.
Next year, the company will set a science-based greenhouse gas reduction target.
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