Columbia Sportswear Intends to Reduce Emissions by 30% by 2030

Published on: 30 July 2022
by KnowESG
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Columbia Sportswear Company has released its 2021 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report, which provides performance highlights and accomplishments made in 2021 in the three pillars of its corporate responsibility strategy: empowering people, sustaining places, and responsible practices.

Reductions in emissions by the company's manufacturing partners will assist it in meeting its previously announced manufacturing climate goal of a 30% reduction in manufacturing emissions by 2030, relative to a 2019 baseline.

The pandemic made 2021 a difficult year for Columbia Sportswear Company's global business, but ESG remained a top concern for the company.

Tim Boyle, chairman, president, and CEO said:

"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."

The report emphasises the achievements of the company's four core brands: Columbia, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear, and prAna. In 2021, Columbia Sportswear Company concluded a Carbon Leadership Project programme and a Clean by Design project with two cohorts of Tier 1 and Tier 2 manufacturing partners to assist them in reducing their environmental impact.

The corporation added the Coalition of Asian & Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group, bringing the total to seven. The Planet Water Foundation also constructed two additional water towers at supply chain locations to provide clean water to manufacturing partners and their staff, increasing the total number of water towers constructed to twenty-four. COVID-19 community vaccine clinics in Portland, Oregon were coordinated, and an educational campaign encouraging all employees to get vaccinated was launched.

Additionally, the company has produced a Sustainability Accounting Criteria Board (SASB) Index, which reveals the Company's ESG activities in compliance with SASB industry-specific standards.

Columbia Sportswear Company sells clothes, footwear, accessories, and equipment for outdoor, active, and lifestyle applications.


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