Supply Chain

We know from our analysis that a significant portion of our products’ environmental impacts over their full lifecycle lies in manufacturing. We also recognize we have an opportunity to have an open dialog with our manufacturing partners about social responsibility issues such as working conditions and fair labor practices. Environmental and social responsibility are priorities for us, and we expect our close business partners to be aware of and manage their impacts on society as well.

That’s why we drafted our supplier sustainability code of conduct in 2014. We looked to resources such as the United Nations Global Compact, the Base Code of the Ethical Trading Initiative, and the Fair Labor Association Workplace Code of Conduct. We also referred to the publicly available codes of leading companies on this topic, such as Patagonia and IKEA.

After identifying the key issues to be included in our code, we shared these principles with several of our manufacturing partners, including several of our suppliers in Asia. We asked for their feedback and whether they had any concerns about signing a code committing them to the addressing these principles. While there was some dialog, no significant concerns were raised.

As a result, we have finalized our code and plan to share it with all of our manufacturing partners in 2015. We hope they will all sign on and make a good-faith effort to embrace the environmental and social responsibility expectations we put forth. In 2016, we will work to incorporate the principles of the code into our factory audits performed by third-parties.

We recognize that our products’ carbon footprint greatly exceeds that of our operations. Because of this, we must take steps to better manage the upstream and downstream impacts of our products. Our supplier code of conduct is a step towards understanding and reducing emissions in our supply chain.

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2014 Goals:

  • Draft a sustainability code of conduct for our manufacturers. Share with key manufacturers for feedback.

2015 Goals:

  • Finalize code, have manufacturers sign it or develop plan for getting there.
  • In 2016, incorporate environmental and social criteria into factory audits.