December 22, 2020
As we reflect on 2020, a year of unprecedented challenges and uncertainty, we’re proud of the ongoing dedication of all of our associates across PVH in working to accelerate our purpose to drive fashion forward – for good. From the launch of Tommy Hilfiger’s Make It Possible strategy, to major milestones in data disclosure and transparency – our commitment to working towards a sustainable, equitable future for all has not only remained, it has been reinforced.
These achievements and accomplishments offer a snapshot of the many collaborative efforts achieved this year. The Power of PVH lies with our associates, and it is the work of teams across our organization that makes this progress possible. We look forward to the achievements we’ll make together in 2021.
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Building Back Better for Everyone
In response to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on supply chain workers, PVH joined together with industry peers, suppliers, NGOs, governments and worker and employer representatives to create and endorse the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Call to Action to protect garment workers during the pandemic. This global, multi-stakeholder initiative led to $6.5m being made available in worker wage support in Ethiopia and €113m ($137m) which will be disbursed to workers in Bangladesh. As we emerge from COVID-19, the ILO Call to Action will seek to build social safety net systems, such as unemployment insurance, in high-need priority countries.
We are proud to have delivered more than 2.5 million PPE products and via the PVH Foundation donated $2 million towards COVID-19 relief efforts, and we have joined a number of our peers and partners in signing key statements of action to drive our collective recovery from COVID-19, including the UNGC’s “United Business and Governments to Recover Better.”
Collaboration for Climate Action
This year saw the fight against climate change amplified by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We joined global conversations focused on industry-wide action – with Manny speaking at the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Leaders’ Summit and Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2020 (CFS+) on behalf of The Fashion Pact.
Aimed at bringing our industry together to enact long-lasting change, PVH became a signatory of RE100’s letter EU policymakers calling for corporate renewables to be built into the EU’s COVID-19 economic stimulus package, as well as the UNGC’s “Business Ambition for 1.5°C Commitment Letter” and the “Statement from business leaders for renewed global cooperation,” – reaffirming our commitment to work alongside our peers to continue to make climate action a priority. Continuing our water stewardship efforts and the preservation of this invaluable resource, we joined our peers alongside the UNGC’s CEO Water Mandate in founding the Water Resilience Coalition, collaborating to ensure freshwater basins are able to consistently supply what’s needed for communities, businesses and the environment. Furthering this work, we recently endorsed “America Is All In,” calling for a national mobilization on climate and recovery as we mark the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Increased Data Disclosure and Transparency
The release of our 12th annual Corporate Responsibility Report marked an increase in our data disclosure and an expansion of our inclusion and diversity (I&D) data. For the first time, we shared data on single-use plastics, as well as information on living wages in our supplier factories. Transparency is key in our efforts to ensure meaningful progress across our Forward Fashion targets, and our teams continue to assess our priorities to empower us to make the greatest impact.
PVH was recognized as one of America’s 100 Most JUST Companies on Forbes and JUST Capital’s 2021 list, and ranked #12 on the Fashion Transparency Index – an annual ranking that scores global fashion brands and retailers based on how much information they disclose around their social and environmental policies, practices and impacts.
Furthering Inclusion & Diversity Efforts
In the face of the US social justice movement, we worked alongside our associates to reaffirm our longstanding commitment to creating a work environment that is inclusive for all. We launched a new initiative – Be BRAAVE – a global call-to-action campaign to support the Black community to advance PVH’s ongoing efforts to achieve equality and racial justice. The initiative’s three-pronged commitment focuses on listening, learning and action, and has been implemented alongside our long-term I&D strategy and the efforts of our dedicated I&D task force.
Building upon this work, PVH, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger became founding signatories of the Black In Fashion Council Pledge, committing to help secure the advancement of Black individuals in the fashion industry. We’re also proud to have joined The Valuable 500 – a global movement of companies and leaders committed to putting disability inclusion on their business leadership agenda.
Strides in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
Aligning with the UN Foundation’s (UNF) focus on women’s health and economic empowerment programs across supply chains, PVH pledged our Forward Fashion priority to Empower Women as a public UNF commitment. Through our implementation of Gap Inc.’s Personal Advancement Career Enhancement (P.A.C.E.) program, our teams are driving progress toward achieving the targets set forth in our Empower Women priority. This year we launched our first-ever P.A.C.E. community program in Ethiopia, benefiting communities near Hawassa Industrial Park.
Innovating for Circularity and Sustainability
Key partnerships and collaborations continue to drive our efforts toward our Forward Fashion target to Innovate for Circularity, as we work to test and determine what circular innovations can be scaled across our industry. This year saw a marked focus on increasing our sustainable material usage across PVH, working to lessen our global material footprint, and highlighting innovators that are exploring key re-commerce opportunities. Additionally, alongside our partners at Fashion for Good, our teams helped to facilitate and support more than 80 pilots to develop circular and/or sustainable materials. Tackling our industry’s biggest sustainability roadblocks – like plastic polybags and pollution caused by wastewater – PVH continues to join our peers in accelerating the fashion industry’s progress in circularity and sustainability efforts.
Continued Education Across Our Organization and Supply Chain
At PVH, we know that all of these efforts are driven by the sharing and exchange of learnings as our industry evolves and new technologies emerge. Supporting our teams’ continued education to work toward our Forward Fashion commitments, we’ve seen over 1100 global associates trained across 32 trainings in CR-related topics – from Circularity 101 training to sessions on key CR issues for Quality Assurance for our offshore associates. With these resources, our teams are empowered to drive our Forward Fashion efforts in their day-to-day roles.
This year we launched our partnership with Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, establishing an academic hub for the study of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. Our partnership is not only intended to bridge the gap between industry and academia, but to invest in the education of Fordham’s talented students and support their development into the business leaders of tomorrow.
Expanding education to our supply chain, we recently launched Recruit Ethically Training for all of our suppliers in 12 high-risk countries. Building upon our updated Migrant Worker Policy and enhanced risk assessments, this training furthers our progress toward proactively addressing and eradicating recruitment fees in supply chains.