Timberland announces new sustainability targets



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Just ahead of releasing its latest earnings report, Timberland has announced its new sustainability goals through 2015, with targets that include more than doubling its percentage of renewable energy use over the next four years.The goals are ambitious but not surprising for the Stratham-based manufacturer of outdoor clothing and footwear, which has long been an industry leader in corporate sustainability.Among the goals are plans for 30 percent renewable energy use by 2015 - compared with 13 percent in 2011 - and a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. It intends to reduce carbon emissions by more than 3,000 metric tons over the period - from 15,889 metric tons in 2011 to 12,779 metric tons in 2015.In addition to climate goals, it also announced targets for its apparel line. By 2015, the company is aiming for more than 50 percent of the raw materials it uses for apparel to be renewable, organic, or recycled, compared to a current rate of 23.3 percent.As part of the effort, Timberland has also launched a new CSR reporting website that allows visitors to track the goals over time. The new sustainability goals come off the heels of Timberland's recent $2 billion acquisition by VF Corp., which owns such brands as The North Face, Nautica and JanSport.In 2005, the Timberland Company set a goal of being carbon neutral by 2010, which it achieved by reducing its absolute emissions by 38 percent and filling in the other 62 percent by purchasing offsets to support the development of a wind farm in China.Timberland said it would release its second quarter earnings report on Thursday, Aug. 4. --KATHLEEN CALLAHAN/NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS REVIEW

 

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