NEW ALBANY – US apparel brand Abercrombie & Fitch has pledged to cut water use in the production of its highest volume material, denim, by 30 per cent by 2022. This is one of the targets in its new sustainability report, and it mirrors a growing emphasis being placed by brands on water reduction – Gap and Levi’s both have extensive water management initiatives operational in their supply chains at present. Abercrombie & Fitch Co has also announced it has became a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate citizenship and sustainability initiative.
As a participant, A&F Co., and its brands commit to the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
A&F Co said it will also participate in two Action Platforms, which advance responsible corporate action and focus on critical issues related to the Compact’s SDGs. Through the ‘Water Security through Stewardship’ and ‘Reporting on SDGs’ platforms, A&F Co. said it will learn additional best practices to address social, economic and environmental issues related to water and sanitation, as well as methods for capturing, analysing and reporting performance against the various SDGs, respectively.
“Joining the UN Global Compact and setting our new sustainability targets through 2025 are major steps forward for A&F. This is part of a long-term journey we’re on to ensure that sustainability is truly embedded throughout our entire organization, with the focus of our new goals being on where we can have the greatest positive impact by 2025,” said Fran Horowitz, CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. “Sustainability is an important part of who we are as a company, and to our customers, our employees and our partners. These goals demonstrate our commitment to having an enduring positive impact on the communities we touch around the world.”