“What makes The North Face unique as a brand and as a place to work is the inherent personal connection our employees and consumers have with protecting the natural world they love to explore. Thanks to this passion, environmental responsibility is integrated into our company culture. The next challenge is to seamlessly embed our commitment to sustainability into every aspect of our business.”
— Todd Spaletto, President, The North Face, Americas
Our products are built to last a long time, reducing their impact on the environment. Our most significant environmental impacts occur during the manufacturing of our products, so we concentrate our efforts on addressing our supply chain. We focus on resource efficiency, material selection and developing innovative design solutions.
Our passion for the outdoors inspires us to preserve the well-being of our planet. We believe that few issues affect The North Face as deeply as climate change. Our athletes, customers and employees return from expeditions with stories of receding glaciers, decimated forests, unprecedented drought, and a natural world that is changing visibly. This has energized our efforts to minimize our environmental impact and to protect the earth for future generations. Our climate change strategy is to understand and measure our footprint, reduce our impact, offset the emissions we cannot eliminate and advocate for effective policies.
Just as with any expedition we undertake, our goal is to leave no trace. On any journey, carrying less waste out starts with bringing less in, using durable materials, and reusing and repurposing as much as possible. In keeping with this philosophy, we are committed to eliminating waste and inefficiencies in our operations, manufacturing, packaging, and in our day-to-day activities.
At The North Face, our sense of community extends far beyond the walls of our offices. Being a responsible business means serving the larger community and enriching people’s lives in a way that draws upon our company’s passions and capabilities. We ensure that our associates are engaged in their jobs and that the workers in our supply chain are treated fairly. We support the communities where we work and play and we partner with many organizations that share our mission to enable exploration.
We are pleased to present our first public sustainability report. By providing this picture of where we are today and where we plan to go, we are engaging our stakeholders and upholding our commitment to transparency and corporate responsibility. We have followed the Global Reporting Initiative standards for a C-Level Report. While much of this report leans heavily toward the achievements in our United States office, we also provide details on some of our global sustainability work.