Sustainable Materials

Sourcing raw materials and
producing more sustainably.


PVH’s total raw material use is cotton


Million KG of Lint cotton Used By Tommy Hilfiger


Better Cotton Share of Tommy Hilfiger Cotton Volume

Sustainable Materials

Our Commitment: Source raw materials more sustainably to minimize social and environmental impacts along the supply chain

Sourcing high-quality raw materials is essential to our business and we are seizing the opportunity to do so in a way that generates more positive social and environmental impacts. Our sustainable materials strategy focuses on sourcing with more environmental and social considerations in respect of all materials — natural, synthetic and animal-based. We are taking action in relation to each of these three categories based on volume, risks and new market opportunities and work with each business division to determine which initiatives make the most sense for their business priorities.

Sourcing cotton more sustainably for the environment and farming communities is a particular global focus for PVH. As cotton represents nearly 70% of PVH’s raw material use, we have invested in opportunities for more sustainable cotton through our global membership of the Better Cotton Initiative. Our Tommy Hilfiger business has been a BCI member since 2013 and is working toward a goal of 100 percent more sustainably sourced cotton by 2020.

In terms of synthetic fibers, several of our divisions, including our Dress Furnishings Group and our Speedo business, are taking a lead on initiating the procurement of recycled or upcycled fibers, with a view to scale these sourcing efforts, where appropriate. We are also continuously identifying opportunities for all our divisions to feature products made with recycled polyester, with the aim of eventually sourcing recycled polyester whenever possible.

Responsible sourcing of animal-based materials has become an increasingly important issue to our company and stakeholders. Although these materials represent a very small portion of our global material footprint, we rolled out a global Animal Welfare Policy in 2017. The policy addresses animal-based materials in seven categories, including wool, leather and down.

2017 Highlights



We joined the Better Cotton Initiative, a global initiative that aims to make the production of Better Cotton – cotton produced by farmers in a way that is measurably better for the environment and farming communities – mainstream.


We partnered with Fabscrap a New York-based non-profit that recycles fabric scraps that would otherwise become waste by recycling them into materials for insulation and home furnishings. Through this program, we donated over 2,500 pounds of fabric in 2017.


We launched our global Animal Welfare Policy for which the Five Freedoms concept is the guiding principle. The policy was developed in collaboration with our sourcing teams and was reviewed by animal welfare experts, including BSR and Textile Exchange.


A CALVIN KLEIN tote bag made of 70 percent recycled cotton was introduced in all retail outlet stores in North America. Approximately 150,000 bags have been sold and we continue to sell it online as a result of its success in stores. Consumers receive five percent off on all future purchases when they bring the bag back to stores and re-use it instead of store plastic shopping bags, incentivizing less packaging waste. 

Our Commitments