“We cannot risk our kids’ futures on the false hope that the vast majority of scientists are wrong.”
How’s that for a strong statement?
It comes from the Climate Declaration, a pledge that Levi Strauss & Co. signed one year ago. We’re not alone. As we approach this first anniversary, more than 750 companies have signed on, demonstrating to lawmakers that businesses care about climate change and want action.
As a company, we face significant risks from climate change, including possible disruptions to our operations; reduced availability of water; and potential impacts on the supply of cotton, our core raw material.
This is why we measured our baseline global climate footprint in 2007 and established a goal to reduce our emissions 11 percent by 2011. We beat that goal and set a new vision: to reduce our emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by maximizing energy efficiency and using 100 percent renewable energy, first in our operations and then throughout the supply chain.
Our target is to reduce emissions from our offices, retail stores and distribution centers by 25 percent and to purchase 20 percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2020. We’re making headway.
In 2012, the most recent full year for which we have data, we made progress toward all of our new greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy targets. Click the image below to open an infographic outlining our accomplishments.
Levi Strauss & Co. recognizes that human-produced greenhouse gas emissions are a key contributor to climate change. Climate change mitigation is vital to the long-term success of our business, as well as the health and well-being of the people who make and buy our products in countries around the world.
We believe that it is essential to take action to reduce the effects of climate change.
There’s strength in numbers. We invite you to join us. As an individual or a company, you can sign the Climate Declaration here. Together we can make a difference. We owe it to our kids.