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Protect the Environment

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We are committed to protecting and preserving the planet’s natural resources. Throughout the company, we are reducing the environmental impact of our operations and supply chain across energy, emissions, water and waste.

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Case Study

Color on Demand

Each year, trillions of liters of water are used for fabric dyeing alone, generating around 20 percent of wastewater worldwide. This water often requires lengthy, costly treatment to make it reusable but we set out to change that.

Each year, trillions of liters of water are used for fabric dyeing alone, generating around 20 percent of wastewater worldwide. This water often requires lengthy, costly treatment to make it reusable—but we set out to change that.

We brought together four leading innovators in their respective fields—Dow, Jeanologia, Huntsman Textile Effects and COROB—to develop a dyeing solution that would be more sustainable, more effective and faster than ever before.

The result is Color on Demand. This new multi-phased platform is composed of a set of innovative technologies that will enable the recycling and reuse of all water from the dyeing process, establishing the world’s first scalable zero wastewater cotton dyeing system.

As part of the first phase of Color on Demand, we optimized the use of ECOFAST™ Pure—a pre-treatment solution for cotton garments, developed by Dow. When used with existing dyeing equipment, ECOFAST™ Pure enables the use of up to 40 percent less water, 85 percent fewer chemicals, 90 percent less energy and a 60 percent reduction in carbon footprint compared to traditional cotton dyeing processes.

By 2025, we aim to use Color on Demand for more than 80 percent of our solid cotton products. And to increase the impact of this innovative approach, and address water scarcity and pollution caused by cotton dyeing in our industry, we will share our progress and knowledge with our peers.

To learn more about Color on Demand, read here.

Carbon & Energy

We are committed to playing our part to address the climate crisis by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across our value chain.

As part of our commitment to the climate goals set forth in the Paris Agreement, we know ambitious near-term action to decarbonize our operations and value chain should be matched with long-term ambition. To this end, we are joining the growing Net Zero movement by committing to achieve net zero emissions across our value chain by 2040. As part of this strategy, we will begin to scale investment in carbon removals in FY22, with plans to increase those removals to 2040 and maintain net zero emissions thereafter.

Our net zero commitment builds on our existing GHG emission reduction target to reduce absolute GHG emissions by 30 percent by 2030, compared with FY20 levels. Our action plan to get there focuses on:

•Achieving 100 percent renewable electricity use in our owned and operated facilities

•Moving to sustainable production practices for our raw materials

•Reducing emissions from manufacturing in our product supply chain

Goals

Achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2040

Achieve a 30 percent reduction in absolute Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions by 2030, compared to a FY20 baseline

Power our owned and operated offices, distribution centers and stores with 100 percent renewable electricity by 2025

Water Stewardship

We are changing how we use water across our supply chain and developing new technologies to minimize our consumption.

In FY21, we introduced Color on Demand, a revolutionary dyeing platform that will transform how our industry colors cotton— with the ambition to deliver the world’s first scalable zero wastewater cotton dyeing system. We also continued to collaborate with the World Wildlife Fund to establish a comprehensive water stewardship strategy that takes into account the wider challenges around water use and quality beyond our own business.

Our strategy covers our whole value chain, with a focus on:

•Conservation—safeguard and preserve water resources where we operate through contextual water targets and collective action programs in priority geographies with high water stress

•Cotton—Sustainably sourced cotton and accelerate the adoption of regenerative farming practices

•Community—Partnership with organizations focused on watershed health and community WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) solutions

Goals

Achieve at least a 20 percent reduction in total water use across our operations and value chain by 2025

Waste Management

As we work to become a more circular business, we are integrating zero-waste principles across our operations and supply chain.

Waste is a systemic problem in the fashion industry and one we are determined to help eliminate. Our Excess Inventory Management Principles standardize the steps we take to prevent our products from becoming waste, including reducing excess inventory and keeping materials in use for as long as possible.

We also work to minimize operational waste, and we’re continually looking for new ways to avoid sending materials to incineration or landfill. In FY21, we began using recyclable corn board pallets, diverted all hangers from our North Carolina distribution center from landfill to recycling and recycled and reused over 20,000 pounds of fabric waste through our partnership with Fabscrap.

Goals

Achieve zero waste to landfill across our distribution centers by 2023

Sustainable Packaging

We are working towards making all our packaging material recyclable, reusable or sustainably sourced by 2025. Our Forest Protection Policy helps guide our work in this area and commits us to responsibly sourcing any fabric, pulp and paper used in packaging.

In FY21, we updated our product packaging inventory, which tracks every material we use and identifies priorities for reduction or replacement. Our 10 top priority materials identified include high-volume usage items such as decorative tags and polybags.

We also engage our consumers in this space. Our reduced packaging option through RalphLauren.com gives customers the option to have plastic or paper inserts, hangers, garment bags, promotional materials and paper invoices removed from their orders.

Goals

Achieve 100 percent of our packaging material being recyclable, reusable or sustainably sourced by 2025

Read our 2021 Global Citizenship &
Sustainability Report and
ESG Supplement