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How Timberland, Levi's Use Teamwork to Advance Sustainability

How Timberland, Levi's Use Teamwork to Advance Sustainability

Businesses can't take on complex environmental and social issues without input from the full spectrum of stakeholders ranging from NGOs and community groups to their suppliers, employees and investors. Let's look at Timberland, which is intensely focused on its global supply chain, especially in Asia and South America where several hundred factories and two dozen tanneries use vast amounts of energy and water to make millions of pairs of leather boots and other footwear every year. Even a tiny increase in energy or water prices can cost these suppliers millions of dollars a year. Alert to the high costs and environmental impacts of leather, Timberland began partnering with leather buyers and suppliers a few years ago to slash the energy and water footprints at its tanneries. Tanneries participating in the Leather Working Group project have already reduced water and energy ...

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