Goals

Addressing Social and Environmental Impacts

At Kontoor Brands, we’re committed to a sustainable future for everyone. In 2020, we announced our first global sustainability goals to address the environmental and social impact of our operations, supply chain, products, and people.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Our sustainability efforts align with many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have identified the following areas in which we believe we can have the biggest impact.

Maximizing Value and Impact

Through our materiality assessment process, Kontoor Brands engaged with third-party experts and other stakeholders to set high-impact goals that address environmental, social and governance issues relevant to our business and industry. The below table displays our six global sustainability goals and select examples of activities that Kontoor Brands has already accomplished or will continue to do as part of meeting our global sustainability goals.

Goal

Energy

Power 100 percent of owned and operated facilities with renewable energy by 2025

Opportunities

  • Sign up for renewable energy power purchase agreements
  • Evaluate on-site and community-based generation projects

SDG

Affordable and Clean Energy
Climate Action

“Renewable energy” is defined as electricity that is generated from solar, wind, geothermal, small-scale hydro or tidal energy. Natural gas consumption and refrigerants are out of scope for this goal. 

In addition to global facilities that are owned and operated, leased retail in North America and Europe are also included. Facilities associated with licensed products are exempt and open-air retail, “shop-in-shops,” are out of scope for this goal.

Science Based Target will be submitted to the SBTi. KTB’s future SBT includes both energy efficiency improvements and use of renewable energy.

Goal

Climate

Establish a science-based target by 2022

Opportunities

  • Sign up for renewable energy power purchase agreements
  • Retrofit owned facilities with energy efficient lighting, motors and HVAC equipment
  • Research and publish carbon sequestration values for regenerative agriculture

SDG

Affordable and Clean Energy
Climate Action

“Renewable energy” is defined as electricity that is generated from solar, wind, geothermal, small-scale hydro or tidal energy. Natural gas consumption and refrigerants are out of scope for this goal. 

In addition to global facilities that are owned and operated, leased retail in North America and Europe are also included. Facilities associated with licensed products are exempt and open-air retail, “shop-in-shops,” are out of scope for this goal.

Science Based Target will be submitted to the SBTi. KTB’s future SBT includes both energy efficiency improvements and use of renewable energy.

Goal

Water

Save 10 billion liters of water by 2025

Opportunities

  • Build and regularly upgrade advanced wastewater treatment for owned manufacturing
  • Require suppliers to monitor wastewater treatment and remediate violations
  • Collaborate in the commercialization of innovative dyeing processes under Indigood

SDG

Clean Water and Sanitation

The scope of this goal includes water consumption used in natural fiber production, fabric production, and product finishing for Kontoor products globally, excluding licensee products. Water conserved is tabulated annually, with a reported savings of 3B liters in 2016, an additional 5B liters in 2020, with a cumulative savings of 8B liters. With this goal, we plan to save at least 2B additional liters by 2025. The previously reported cumulative water savings are measured from a 2008 baseline from both absolute savings from (1) water recycling, which is measured in total liters recycled, and (2) water efficiency, which is measured in total liters avoided (through a normalized value of water use per pair). Future reporting associated with this goal will continue to use absolute savings from (1) water recycling and (2) water efficiency measures from a revised 2020 baseline.

Goal

Materials

Source 100 percent sustainable raw materials, including Forest-Derived and Animal-Derived Materials by 2023, Cotton by 2025 and Synthetics by 2030

Opportunities

  • Require suppliers meet comprehensive sustainable material policies
  • Support regenerative agriculture research and training for cotton producers
  • Procure sustainable cotton through various sustainable management frameworks

SDG

Responsible Consumption and Production
Life Below Water
Life on Land

100% Sustainable Cotton by 2025

  1. Sustainable Cotton is defined as:
    1. Traceable fiber with corresponding farm level-data that demonstrates positive environmental outcomes(i) over time that advance the principles of regenerative agriculture(ii).
    2. KTB accepts sustainable cotton management frameworks and their certifications on a case-by-case basis. Currently, KTB recognizes cotton grown under one of the following programs: Organic, Better Cotton Initiative, BASF’s E3, Cotton REEL, and the U.S. Trust Protocol.
    3. KTB accepts recycled cotton from validated sources of postindustrial, and post-consumer recycled cotton.
    4. Alternative fibers based from biogenic sources will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis (e.g. hemp, linen, flax, etc.)

i- Positive Environmental Outcomes – meaningful (Yield improvements per acre/hectare, increased soil carbon (Organic Matter%), meaningful reduction in GHG intensity per KG lint (CO2e per kg Lint), meaningful improved water quality (Edge of Field Ratings), or meaningful reduction in water consumption (liters pr KG lint) while otherwise farming in a sustainable manner.

 

ii- Principles of Regenerative Agriculture mean farm practices that limit tillage, protect the soil, maintain living roots in soil, increase biodiversity, efficiently manage water, use integrated pest

 

100% Sustainable Synthetics by 2030

  1. Sustainable Synthetics are defined as the use of recycled content, bio-based feedstocks, or additives to enhance biodegradability in polyester, nylon or spandex. This goal excludes licensee products.

100% Sustainable Forest Derived Materials by 2023

  1. Forest Derived Materials are defined as products that are derived from wood, including man-made cellulosic fibers (e.g. viscose), solid wood furniture and fixtures and pulp-derived products (e.g. paper, ticketing). This goal excludes licensee products.
  2. Forest Derived Materials are considered sustainable when the content is:
    1. 100% recycled
    2. 100% 3rd-party certified (with a preference for FSC certifications)
    3. A combination of both (e.g. 50% recycled content and 50% FSC-certified content)
    4. Does not come from controversial feedstock sourced from Ancient and Endangered Forests

100% Sustainable Animal Derived Materials by 2023

  1. Animal Derived Materials are defined as products derived from an animal for use in commercial products. This goal excludes licensee products. 
  2. Animal Derived Materials are considered sustainable when the material comes from:
    1. An animal whose main purpose for slaughter was food production (e.g. leather as a byproduct from cow slaughter for beef)
    2. Humane extraction processes that don’t necessitate animal slaughter (e.g. wool from sheep)
    3. Sources that do not contain domesticated animals
    4. Sources that do not contain fur, exotic skins or skins from vulnerable/endangered/threatened species extinct in the wild

Goal

Chemistry

Use 100 percent preferred chemistry by 2023

Opportunities

  • Require supplier compliance with Restricted Substance List
  • Use advanced chemical screening procedures
  • Replace unwanted chemistry with preferred solutions

SDG

Responsible Consumption and Production

“Preferred chemistry” is defined as both process and product chemistry that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances. Excludes licensee products.​

1. All suppliers review, sign and accept a Restricted Substances List.​

2. Evaluate KTB’s strategic Tier 2 suppliers with an advanced CHEM-IQ testing process. Strategic suppliers  constitute 90% or more of the product portfolio by weight.

Goal

Worker Well-Being

Work only with factories that support a worker well-being or community development program by 2025

Opportunities

  • Require supplier conformance to global compliance principles
  • Require supplier facility audits and corrective action plans when necessary
  • Collaborate with local NGOs to support worker wellbeing and community development projects

SDG

Decent Work and Economic Growth
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Responsible Consumption and Production

This goal applies to both a worker wellbeing programs but also community development initiatives that improve a bigger geography of which the factory and workers are members.

Worker wellbeing programs and community development initiatives are not the same as complying with labor regulations but address local needs:  Access to water and sanitation, adequate health and nutrition and accessible childcare and education.

KTB uses a decision matrix to determine the most relevant and needed service in a priority sourcing region and will not qualify a program or initiative that is not addressing a priority need. This is to ensure that the investments in programs and initiatives are focused on the most relevant and contextual need.   

Qualifying programs or initiatives can either be managed by the factory under NGO supervision or managed by an NGO with factory participation. KTB provides an oversight and investment role.   

Factories are defined as KTB’s Strategic Suppliers, both Tier 1 and Tier 2 are in scope and constitute 90% or more of the product portfolio by weight.