In collaboration with our partners, we are proud of our accomplishments in advancing our environmental, product and social-related initiatives.
Global Home Office Carpool and Electric Vehicle Parking
For associates who choose to share rides to work, preferred carpool parking spaces are available. Nearly 40 charging stations are available for associates who own electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Global Home Office Compost Program
In 2021, A&F Co. entered a partnership with local service provider GoZERO to launch a composting initiative at our Global Home Office. The food scrap waste in the campus' three café kitchens is now collected, composted and provided to local farmers as fertilizer.
Supply Chain Partner Environmental Progress
One of A&F Co. key supply chain partners, Crystal International’s denim division, has recently partnered with multiple fabric manufacturers in Vietnam to introduce various fabric collections, expanding the capability of vertical development, as well as enabling greener production and faster product development. By adopting recycled and sustainable materials, enhancing virtual sampling within the factory, extensively using laser technology, waterless enzymes, E-flow washing machines and implementing low water ratio eco-washing during the laundry process, the project aims at reducing transportation, carbon emissions by 25%, and energy consumption by 25% while shortening lead time by 80%.
Supply Chain Partner Environmental Work
Hansoll Textile Ltd., a key A&F Co. supply chain partner, has published Annual Sustainability Reports since 2008 providing updates on social responsibility and sustainability goals, progress and management methods. Hansoll has identified six material topics: Opportunity & Equity, Responsible Sourcing, Labor & Human Rights, Community, Climate Change, and Sustainable Resource Use. Reducing GHG emissions and using clean, renewable energy are Hansoll’s current environmental focus. Hansoll has set key sustainability goals including: (1) Commit to reduce GHG emissions by 59% (38,390 tCO2e) compared to baseline year 2016 by 2030; and (2) Enhance usage of renewable energy at owned factories to 100% by 2030.
In 2019, the A&F Co. Procurement Team partnered with Caliber.global, a transportation logistics company offering a unique CO2 emissions calculator. A direct routing program was established in the U.S. to ship store fixtures directly from production facilities to stores. This routing change not only reduced the number of shipments but also the associated CO2 emissions. Between February 2019 and September 2020, the program saved over 400 tons of CO2—the same as removing 86 passenger vehicles from the road each year.