Global Citizenship & Sustainability
For more than 50 years, our purpose has been to inspire the dream of a better life through authenticity and timeless style. As we reflect on the challenges of the past year, this purpose is as relevant today as ever before. With our purpose in mind, our citizenship and sustainability strategy, Design the Change, aims to create a better future–one that is equitable and sustainable.
Through Design the Change, we are creating positive social and environmental impact across our company, our industry and our society. Because we are committed to transparency throughout this journey, we update our Design the Change webpages, in alignment with our Citizenship & Sustainability reporting, on an annual basis to share progress on our goals, programs and initiatives.
To stay current on our Design the Change journey, please see our latest news.
Read our 2021 Global Citizenship & Sustainability Report and ESG Supplement
A Message from Our Chairman and Our CEO
"I would love the legacy of this company to be not only the beautiful products we made but the way we thought about the world and tried to make it a better place."
The past year will forever be associated with change and challenge, but it has also been a time to focus on what matters most. The convergence of the global pandemic, climate crisis and call to action to dismantle systemic racism has been a catalyst for businesses around the world to focus and accelerate their progress toward a more equitable and sustainable future.
At Ralph Lauren, our Purpose – to inspire the dream of a better life through authenticity and timeless style – anchors our journey to Design the Change; our teams drive our work forward; and we scale our impact through collaboration and partnership. Amid all the challenges we faced this year emerged a spirit of resilience, dedication and passion that has helped us to not only make progress on our goals and commitments, but accelerate our momentum.
As the world evolves, we will continue to listen, learn and challenge ourselves to lead and deliver on our Purpose in a way that creates value for all stakeholders. While there is still more work to be done, our impact can be seen through some of the strides we made this year, including:
•Establishing a clear roadmap to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040;
•Taking action to address racial inequity, both inside our Company and as a voice and leader in our industry;
•Launching our comprehensive circularity strategy;
•Launching and open-sourcing the first phase of Color on Demand, a revolutionary platform that more sustainably dyes cotton;
•Increasing our overall transparency by sharing expanded workforce diversity data, climate impact data and factory disclosures; and
•Incorporating key ESG metrics into our executive remuneration, from Fiscal 2022 onwards.
For more than 50 years, the notion of timelessness has defined our business and our brand — and this reverence for things that last extends to our culture, our communities and the wider world. That is why we are committed to accelerating and sharing our progress – designing the change needed for a better tomorrow.
Executive Chairman and
Chief Creative Officer
Chief Executive Officer