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Create Timeless Style

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We are committed to creating sustainable pieces that are authentic, timeless and enduring. We design our products around circular principles and partner with our suppliers to source more sustainable materials without compromising quality.

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Case Study

Creating Timeless Style Through Circularity

When Ralph founded our company in 1967, he did so with the conviction that whatever we create is meant to be worn, loved and passed on for generations. Grounded in this philosophy, in FY21, we announced our comprehensive circularity strategy—aimed at designing out waste and keeping products in use longer.

When Ralph founded our company in 1967, he did so with the conviction that whatever we create is meant to be worn, loved and passed on for generations. Grounded in this philosophy, in FY21, we announced our comprehensive circularity strategy—aimed at designing out waste and keeping products in use longer. The new strategy has three focus areas:

Design for Circularity
In partnership with McDonough Innovation, we set a 2025 goal to achieve Cradle to Cradle certification™ for five of our iconic products, from polo shirts and chinos to denim and sweaters. This certification is a globally recognized measure of safer, more sustainable products. Looking ahead, we will bring circular design principles to other key product categories.

Create Circular Consumer Experiences
In FY21, we announced the introduction of The Lauren Look, our first subscription apparel rental initiative, with the Lauren Ralph Lauren brand. This initiative will reduce clothing waste by expanding the lifespan of garments that might otherwise be purchased and worn only a few times. To further extend product life, the collections will be donated once they reach their rental cap. In FY22, we will begin product collection to support resale and recycling options for beloved Ralph Lauren products.

Advance A Circular Product Economy
To help the fashion industry meaningfully shift from a linear to a circular product economy, we will continue to invest in scalable technologies to improve the quality of recycled materials so they can be used in place of virgin material. And by 2025, we commit to producing 100 percent recycled cotton products of high quality. As part of this commitment, in FY21, we invested in Natural Fiber Welding, a leading sustainable material science startup that is scaling a new industry standard for natural fiber recycling.

Read more about our comprehensive circularity strategy here.

Sustainable Materials

Our sustainable material strategy is driven by our ethos of creating positive environmental and social outcomes through the products we make. As part of this strategy, we use preferred fiber certifications to support sustainable fiber production that contributes to ecosystem and soil health. We also aim to grow the adoption of regenerative agricultural practices in our leather and cotton supply chains through partnerships and direct-to-grower sourcing models.

In FY21, we continued to map our supply chains and improve transparency and traceability of our material use. For cotton, our most used raw material, we continue to diversify and enhance the programs we use to achieve our sustainable cotton goals, including sourcing U.S.-grown, organic cotton fibers. We are also making progress to improve the sustainability credentials of other key materials such as polyester, viscose, leather, wool, cashmere and down.

Our Animal Welfare Policy and Forest Protection Policy help guide our approach to sourcing materials that meet our social, ethical and environmental standards.

Goals

Achieve 100 percent sustainably sourced key materials by 2025

100 percent of animal-derived materials will be certified to an animal welfare standard and traceable by 2025

OUR KEY MATERIAL GOALS ARE:
100 percent sustainably sourced cotton by 2025

100 percent recycled polyester by 2025

100 percent Responsible Wool Standard certified or recycled wool by 2025

100 percent of viscose will be sourced and verified through CanopyStyle audits by 2025

100 percent of leather will be traceable and verified to animal welfare and land management standards, or covered by Impact Incentives and 100 percent of our tanned leather will be Leather Working Group certified by 2025

100 percent Responsible Down Standard or Traceable Down Standard certified down and feathers by 2023

100 percent Sustainable Fibre Alliance certified (or equivalent) or recycled cashmere by 2025

Chemical Management

We monitor and reduce hazardous chemical use and discharge in our supply chain, guided by our Sustainable Chemical Management Policy. And we're working to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from our product manufacturing by 2025.

The responsible use of chemicals is an industrywide challenge that requires collaboration between companies, their suppliers and third parties. In FY21, we engaged our suppliers to track and report on all chemicals used to develop and manufacture our products, through the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemical’s (ZDHC) manufacturing restricted substances list. And we require suppliers with wet processing facilities to test wastewater leaving their factories against ZDHC wastewater guidelines.

We continue to focus on phasing out specific chemicals of concern, for example per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). And we’re transitioning to sustainable denim production by reducing water and chemical use.

Goals

Eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals in our supply chain by 2025

Responsible Design

We challenge ourselves to think differently about each stage of the design and development process to create quality products that are authentic and responsible. In FY21, we reached our responsible design goal for the year, with 100 percent of our design, production and merchant teams receiving training on sustainable, circular, inclusive and culturally aware design.

Our social and environmental responsibility extends beyond our products. In FY21, we launched our Design with Intent program to be intentional and impactful with all that Ralph Lauren represents—from product inception to marketing to every point along the customer journey. Our work in this area is driven by our dedicated Design with Intent committee, which brings together diverse voices to inform the choices we make and the stories we tell.

We also recognize the responsibility we have to use the cultures that inspire our brands in a culturally aware and appropriate way. Our internal Cultural Awareness Guidelines define our approach and is supported through our cultural awareness educational program. We also seek external advice and input to help us respect and support the many sources of inspiration we represent through our brand.

Goals

All of our design, production and merchant teams will receive annual training on sustainable, circular, inclusive and culturally aware design

Sustainable Spaces

We are committed to designing and building Ralph Lauren stores with materials that minimize environmental impact and maximize occupant health. This includes all the elements in our new store interiors—including fixtures, displays, flooring, hangers and signage.

In FY21, we began formalizing our approach to creating more sustainable spaces in our stores. We are starting with a focus on wood substrates, which include solid wood, veneers and composites. We are aiming for all the wood substrates used in key elements of new store interiors to be FSC-Certified, repurposed or recycled by 2025. And we are assessing other key areas for future focus and goal development.

Goals

Achieve 100 percent of wood substrates used in key elements of new store interiors will be FSC-Certified, repurposed or recycled by 2025

Circularity

The spirit of timelessness has been core to Ralph’s creative vision for more than 50 years. Our circularity approach reinforces his belief that Ralph Lauren products should not only endure the test of time, but have endless lifecycles.

Launched in FY21, our circular strategy is anchored in the Company’s longstanding vision of timeless style. It is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use and regenerating natural systems. We apply these principles to our current strategy across three areas:

• Designing products for circularity—including reviewing iconic products using the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certification™

• Creating circular consumer experiences—increasing resale and recycling options for Ralph Lauren and vintage products

• Advancing a circular product economy—investing in scalable technologies that elevate the quality of recycled materials to match the quality and feel of virgin material

Goals

Achieve Cradle to Cradle Certification™ for five of our iconic products by 2025

Provide resale and recycling experiences for our consumers, starting in 2022

Produce 100 percent recycled cotton products of high quality by 2025

Read our 2021 Global Citizenship &
Sustainability Report and
ESG Supplement