Sustainable Development Goal on Water
suppliers trained on water risk
UN CEO Water Mandate Commitments
Our Commitment: Safeguard and preserve water resources to ensure the continuity and quality of water supply for our business and the community
Water is used at every stage of our product lifecycles – from growing raw materials (such as cotton) to dyeing, tanning, printing and finishing garments, to the way consumers launder clothes. It is vital that we take steps to safeguard water resources in our sourcing countries, especially as the global population expands, increasing pressure on the world’s available fresh water supplies.
Access to safe water is a human right, and water and sanitation are essential for communities to thrive. Over one billion people globally lack access to clean water, with almost three billion facing periods of water scarcity(1)
The United Nation’s SDG 6 sets a target for achieving safe, sustainably managed water for all by 2030. In support of this, we have developed a global water strategy to safeguard and preserve water resources in the communities where our products are manufactured. We aim to ensure continuity and quality of water supply for community members and our business.
PVH's water strategy focuses also on reducing water use in our own facilities, across supply chain (driven largely through our roll-out of the SAC's Higg Index FEM and membership in the SAC Apparel Impact Institute), at the product level (by introducing technologies such as waterless dyeing) and within our sourcing communities. Our strategy was informed by our U.N. CEO Water Mandate commitment, a global water risk analysis conducted by WWF International (formerly the World Wildlife Fund International) and insights into the life cycle impacts of our products. Additionally, we are leveraging the ZDHC's work, notably its new MRSL and Wastewater Guidelines.
We expanded our partnership with WWF, which aims to protect key water basins in some of our strategic sourcing destinations. It builds on our Tommy Hilfiger business’s water stewardship efforts and the steps we have already taken to improve water impact, such as participating in multi-stakeholder and industry groups. Each of our businesses will contribute to WWF's stewardship work by sponsoring a critical water basin. We will work with WWF to identify water risks and engage in collective efforts to advance water conservation activities across the globe.