Fruit of the Loom Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, releases its first annual global sustainability report and announces Fruitful Futures, its new global sustainability plan. Fruitful Futures outlines Fruit’s commitment to reduce the environmental impact of its global supply chain, as well as a plan to enhance the lives and communities of its global workforce.
“We are incredibly proud to publish our 2019 sustainability report and to announce Fruitful Futures, our comprehensive sustainability plan, uniting our global employees under shared goals that further our commitments to our customers and consumers,” says Fruit’s chairman and CEO Melissa Burgess Taylor.
Fruitful Futures connects the company’s portfolio of brands, including Fruit of the Loom, Russell Athletic, Spalding, and Vanity Fair, and its employees in work across three main pillars:
- People-Centric: enriching lives for people and communities
- Planet-Conscious: reducing the environmental impact of its operations and products
- Product Authenticity: sourcing sustainably from transparent supply chains
Highlights from the report include:
Fostering inclusive culture: 37% of its leadership team is female, and 39% of managers are female. It has a goal to finalize a comprehensive Diversity and Inclusion strategy in 2020.
Reducing greenhouse gases: The company saw a 59% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (2018 from a 2012 baseline in North and Central America) and commits to set targets aligned with the Science Based Targets initiative and achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2030.
Sourcing sustainable raw materials: 89% of the cotton used by the apparel company is grown in the U.S. through Cotton LEADS. The company has set goals to source 100% of its cotton sustainably by 2025 and increase sourcing of recycled polyester, nylon, and packaging.
Taylor adds, “We are committed to enriching our consumers’ lives. Fruitful Futures is our plan to make our world more fruitful for generations to come.”
View the complete report at www.FOTLinc.com.