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Canada Goose commits to carbon neutrality and ends the purchasing of new fur

Tom Shearsmith
23 April 2020

Canada Goose has launched its Sustainable Impact Strategy outlined in the company's first-ever Sustainability Report.

Driven by its long-standing commitment to keep the planet cool and the people on it warm, the accelerated strategy includes tangible commitments supporting four key UN Sustainable Development Goals, to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

As part of its Sustainable Impact Strategy, Canada Goose outlines key commitments:

  • Carbon Neutrality: Net zero direct and indirect (Scope 1 and 2) greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, through aggressive and tangible action plans which aim to reduce emissions by more than 80 per cent from current levels.
  • Reclaimed Fur: In 2022, Canada Goose plans to introduce reclaimed fur into its supply chain, which includes beginning to manufacture parkas using reclaimed fur and ending the purchasing of new fur. The company also plans to launch a consumer buy-back program for fur in the months ahead.

  • Responsible Down Standard: In 2019, in partnership with Textile Exchange, the company completed third-party compliance audits at 100 per cent of its manufacturing facilities and commits to being 100 per cent RDS-certified by 2021.

  • bluesign: Commit to reach 90 per cent of Canada Goose fabrics as bluesign approved for responsible and sustainable practices by 2025, increasing from 32 per cent in 2019.

  • Plastic-Free: Eliminating single-use plastics in all Canada Goose owned or controlled facilities.

CGDani Reiss, President & CEO, Canada Goose, said: "We have always believed in building a business that is good for our team, for the communities we're a part of and for the planet, for generations to come.

"No matter how much we've done over the last 60 years, we need to do more – the world can't wait. Our aggressive commitments outlined in our first Sustainability Report are the steps we're taking to transform the way we do business and ensure we are doing everything we can to create the future we want to see."

As part of its accelerated Sustainable Impact Strategy, Canada Goose also announced it achieved carbon neutrality as of March 2020 through investments in strategic offsetting projects, equivalent to 200% of its annual greenhouse gas emissions.

The company will continue to offset at this level as it continues to transform business operations to achieve its 80% emissions reduction targets by 2025.

As the company plans to introduce reclaimed fur into its supply chain by 2022 and ends the purchasing of new fur, animal rights groups have welcomed the announcement:

Claire Bass, Executive Director of Humane Society UK said: “We welcome Canada Goose’s announcement because it means that untold thousands of coyotes will be spared from being maimed and killed in cruel metal leg-hold traps, though the decision to shift to reclaimed fur feels like a rather painful ‘long-goodbye’ in this company’s tired love affair with the fur trade.

"A cleaner and clearer commitment to sustainability will hopefully see Canada Goose in the near future investing in the development of bio-fake-furs, and closed-loop recycling of synthetic fur materials. Nonetheless, this decision to stop killing animals for fashion is yet another nail in the coffin of the fur trade, a cruel and outdated industry still down from the punches of so many top designers and retailers adopting fur-free policies.”

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