Product

Committed to Sustainable Products

We produce millions of products each year globally. With this kind of scale, transparency and accountability are of utmost importance.

Our Products

Kontoor Brands is committed to appropriately sourcing our apparel and accessories in a way that’s good for people and the planet.  Below, learn more about our suppliers, our commitment to sustainable design, our material sourcing policies, and our preferred chemistry initiative.

Virtual Design

At Kontoor Brands, we put thoughtful care into designing every product with style, fit, quality and sustainability in mind. Using virtual design drastically reduces the physical prototypes delivered to our designers. This significantly cuts the impacts of product development. When all Kontoor Brands products are virtually designed, we will have saved enough water for the daily usages of more than 72,000 Americans and reduced the equivalent carbon emissions of nearly 1 million passenger-vehicle miles. Kontoor Brands plans to virtually design all of our products within the next ten years.

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“An example of a pair of Lee® Jeans being designed in a virtual environment.”

Impact in Action

Making Fashion Circular

Making Fashion Circular

The Lee brand is a proud member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative, which drives collaboration between industry leaders and key stakeholders to create a textile economy fit for the 21st century.

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Wrangler Rooted Collection

Wrangler Rooted Collection

Made from 100 percent, sustainable, local cotton, each item in the Wrangler Rooted Collection™ is truly American – grown, milled, cut and sewn in the U.S. – and fully traceable to an American family farm.

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Indigood™ Foam-Dyed Denim

Indigood™ Foam-Dyed Denim

Using 100 percent less water than conventionally dyed denim, with Indigood™, the foam dyeing process entirely replaces the traditional water vats and chemical baths of indigo dyeing.

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What Does ‘Sustainable’ Cotton Mean to Kontoor Brands

What Does ‘Sustainable’ Cotton Mean to Kontoor Brands

Research shows soil health practices not only increase yields, but also decrease costs and inputs, lower risks from weather and pests, while adding three times more carbon to the soil. 

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Minimizing Impacts on the World’s Endangered Forests

Minimizing Impacts on the World’s Endangered Forests

By 2022, our brands’ packaging will be designed to reduce material use, free of ancient and endangered forest product, prioritizing certified-sustainable sources.

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Reducing Our Packaging’s Environmental Footprint

Reducing Our Packaging’s Environmental Footprint

By joining Canopy’s Pack4Good initiative, Kontoor Brands will help reduce our entire industry’s packaging environmental footprint.

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Resources

As a leader within the apparel industry, we take social responsibility seriously. We are committed to sourcing products and materials from companies that share our values for human rights, ethics and environmental responsibility. On the Resources page, you will find our materials sourcing policies.

To ensure social responsibility and environmental sustainability within our complex supply chain, we expect our contract supplier factories to comply with Kontoor Brands’ Terms of Engagement and our Global Compliance Principles, which are regularly audited by our internal and third-party auditors. These Principles are brought to life through our Factory Facility Guidelines and Factory Audit Procedures. Our goal is for every supplier factory to operate with the same high standards as our owned manufacturing facilities.

Factory List

Every day, consumers around the world have the opportunity to vote with their dollars by choosing which products they buy and where they buy them from. At Kontoor Brands, we are committed to ensuring each product we make, whether through our owned manufacturing facilities or through our third-party partners, is safe for consumers. Our teams utilize industry best practices, processes and controls to monitor the safety and quality of our products and are continually refining and improving our protocols every day.

From dyes to finishes, chemicals often play an essential role in building quality apparel. However, if not properly managed, the use of chemistry can contribute to negative environmental impacts and jeopardize worker safety.

Suppliers Screened by CHEM-IQ

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Chemicals Screened by CHEM-IQ

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As a global lifestyle apparel company that produces and sources more than 170 million units each year, we are committed to working with our contract supplier factories so that the people who work in roles that support the production of our products are treated fairly and work in safe environments. We work with our contract supplier factories and look for opportunities to deploy programs designed to have positive impacts on the surrounding communities.

Impact in Action

As a company committed to transparently reporting our environmental impacts, by 2023 we will only source from suppliers who complete the HIGG Facility Enivronmental Module (FEM). Below, we report on our suppliers energy and water data during the 2019 calendar year.

The below supplier information is updated as of December 2019. Our suppliers list can fluctuate over time, as it reflects the seasonality of our business and production schedules.

Our Suppliers

Water Consumption in Liters

by Supply Chain Tier

Absolute Water Consumption

Energy Consumption

by Supply Chain Tier

Energy Consumption by Supply Chain Tier

Our Supply Chain

 Our approach to and management of the complexities of a global supply chain provides us with a competitive advantage that enables us to deliver the right products, at the right time to consumers across the globe.