Safeguarding and preserving
water for today and tomorrow.


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.

2017 Highlights



We announced our expanded partnership with WWF by entering into a multi-year, million-dollar arrangement that is applicable throughout all our businesses. We will work with WWF to protect key water basins in some of our strategic sourcing destinations, including India’s Cauvery River and Ethiopia’s Lake Hawassa.


We expanded the substantive scope of our assessment program beyond human rights and safety, to include a significant focus on environmental issues by rolling out the SAC’s Higg Index FEM to 530 facilities.


Our Tommy Hilfiger business conducted a pilot project to explore different finishing techniques for its denim products, helping suppliers to adopt practices that significantly reduce water and energy consumption and require less chemical use per garment. This lower impact denim comprised 25% of the products in the 2017 TOMMY HILFIGER collections.


With the involvement of WWF, we are co-initiating a multi-stakeholder collaboration with GIZ’s International Water Stewardship Programme focused on preserving Lake Hawassa in Ethiopia. 
  • (1)“Water Scarcity.” WWF, World Wildlife Fund, 2018, “http://www.worldwildlife.org/threats/water-scarcity” www.worldwildlife.org/threats/water-scarcity

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