Timberland is taking an even greater stand on environmental issues with the announcement of the establishment of rigorous environmental standards — Timberland Environmental Product Standards (TEPS) — across all of its product categories.
“Building on the legacy of our Earthkeepers collection, we’re taking our commitment to making products responsibly to new heights,” said Stewart Whitney, president of Timberland, looking ahead to 2020. “With TEPS, we are setting environmental targets for all product categories, not just one collection. With this increased focus, we aim to recede the environmental impact of virtually every product we make across footwear, apparel and accessories. Over time, as our business continues to grow, this has the power to make a big difference.”
Among Timberland’s product goals are manufacturing all footwear with at least one material containing recycled, organic or renewable (ROR) content as well as producing all footwear and apparel free of PVC.
Paying respect to the outdoors is also figuring into the initiative. It includes the planting of 10 million trees (cumulatively, since 2001), as well as acommitment to create and restore urban outdoor spaces.
Keeping its ties with the local community strong, the company plans to have 80 percent of employees engage in community service via Path of Service program and employees reach 1.5 million hours served in their communities, also part of Path of Service.