Tommy Hilfiger

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In 1985, Tommy Hilfiger was established. Since then, the business has developed into one of the most well-known brands in the world, delivering premium fashion, quality, and value to customers all over the world under the "TOMMY HILFIGER" and "TOMMY JEANS" labels. PVH Corp. purchased the company in 2010. The company has proven to want to find sustainable alternatives when it comes to their materials and how they are made which can be seen through their Appleskin trainers where the upper part of the shoe is made of apple fibres. As LED lights are more durable than metal halide and fluorescent lighting, Tommy ensure that their facilities are being installed with LEDs. In order to protect their workers and prevent overworking them, they also make sure that all of their business partners follow the code of conduct. However, they have stated their desire to increase sustainability, but they haven't been entirely open about how they intend to do so. Tommy has failed to publish their own labour policies as the policy up on their website is PVH. They failed to include theirs which could imply that they do not have one and they solely rely on that of PVH. Having a labour policy could be essential as it shows that as a brand they care about their workers and want them to be treated fairly.

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Tommy Hilfiger envisions a truly circular future for the fashion industry that respects planetary limitations. They are developing a circular fashion company that minimises its water and carbon footprints where all materials used can be part of a sustainable loop. They strive to use resources from recycled or renewable sources since they think nothing should be wasted. In 2019, they introduced their first denim jeans made entirely from recycled cotton. They did this by utilising buttons made from more environmentally friendly materials, thread made from recycled plastic bottles, and cotton scraps left over from cutting tables and factory floors. Tommy Hilfiger became the first company to successfully produce 100 % recycled cotton fabric for denim jeans on an industrial scale as a result. More sustainable sources provided 72% of the cotton used globally, an increase from 13% in 2015. All the cotton in their spring 2019 and spring 2020 collections was recycled. As a sustainable alternative for leather, they recently introduced the Appleskin Sneaker, where the upper is made of 24 % apple fibres.

They believe in reusing used or discarded fabrics from disposal in landfills and putting them to good use and making something new and beautiful, starting with jeans. This will decrease the build up of landfills as they are recycling material leading to a decrease in the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. By recycling, they are also using less raw materials leading to them consuming less water and energy when making their products. Tommy has also launched jackets made from recycled polyester and clothes made from recycled nylon. However, they use synthetic materials such as polyester, nylon and silicon and of the polyester 10.5% was recycled and use of animal materials outside of down. There is a significant risk of animal mistreatment in the supply chain without sufficient transparency about which animal resources are being utilised and whether the company has certifications for those items leading to my rating.

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According to Tommy Hilfiger, it is crucial that their products be produced in a way that is considerate of planetary boundaries, or environmental limits that allow humanity to live safely. Climate change, land use, freshwater, and chemical contamination are some of these limits. They are therefore looking for solutions to reduce their carbon, waste, and water footprints throughout their purchasing and selling processes. They are founding members of a new water management initiative in Vietnam's Mekong River Basin. The programme reduces supply chain inefficiencies and encourages transboundary learning to address the region's water, energy, and climate risks. They recently partnered up with singer Shawn Mendes to create the 1985’s program collection. The denim was produced using 20% post-consumer recycled cotton which requires less water and energy during its finishing stages. From this, they managed to avoid 692 tonnes of emission and reduced CO2eq by 48%. By decreasing CO2 emissions by 50% each show compared to his previous global tour in 2019 and offsetting any remaining emissions through a combination of carbon removal and carbon avoidance projects, Shawn Mendes has pledged to make the tour climate positive. Tommy Hilfiger pledged to donate $1 million to the tour's Sustainability & Tour Greening Program in order to promote their shared goals and collaboration. To further expand the impact of Tommy Hilfiger's larger sustainability activities, a sizable amount of this investment will be contributed to regenerative cotton farming.

More than 2 million, or 43%, of Tommy Hilfiger's denim pieces have been finished utilising low-impact techniques, which use less water and energy than usual. They should also include reasons why only 43% of their denim pieces are finished using low-impact techniques as they have failed to provide this information. In addition, they introduced the Building Design Rulebook, which offers recommendations for lowering greenhouse gas emissions at all of our European offices, shops, and warehouses. In Europe, 50% of PVH facilities are now powered by renewable energy, and 85% of all PVH stores have had LED lighting upgrades. 95 % of Tommy Hilfiger stores in North America have at least track head LED light strips. 100% LED lighting is used in every new Tommy Hilfiger store in North America. Compared to previous-generation metal halide and fluorescent lighting, Tommy Hilfiger has saved over 350,000 lightbulbs since the LED Program started in 2012. They cut back on air freight by 40% in 2019. Over 130 suppliers and 55 industrial parks in China have received training from them and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) on how to properly manage water risk. Additionally, they collaborated on the development of a free training app on how to better address water risk that has been distributed to about 200 Chinese suppliers as well as those of H&M, Target, and Tchibo. They are a founding member of a brand-new water management initiative in Vietnam's Mekong River Basin. The programme reduces supply chain inefficiencies and promotes transboundary learning to address the region's water, energy, and climate risks. However, they lack transparency when it comes to the shipping of their products as well as how their products are made. Most of the Tommy clothing are made in Asian countries as they are cheaper compared to the US as the labour and material are cheaper.

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The International Labour Organisation's (ILO) Core Conventions, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as well as other third-party standards, frameworks, and codes of conduct, are some of the foundations upon which PVH bases its requirements for doing business. The efforts made by PVH to ensure that forced and involuntary labour does not occur in their business, especially in their supply chain, are detailed in a statement that they have provided. Because they have a single compliance programme with a single set of policies relating to forced and involuntary labour, PVH prepared this Statement on a consolidated basis for PVH, even though not all the entities in their consolidated group are subject to each or any of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, UK Modern Slavery Act, or Australian Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act. The concerns of child labour are also addressed by their compliance programme and standards. When referring to slave labour, jail labour, human trafficking, child labour, etc., PVH uses the phrase "forced or involuntary labour." Through a shared commitment and CR supply chain rules, they communicate their standards and requirements to their business partners in their supply chain. All business partners have received a copy of the shared commitment, which serves as their code of conduct, at the outset of their partnership to make sure they are aware of what is expected of them. In general, the shared commitment requires all business partners to adhere to ILO standards and forbids forced and involuntary labour. During the onboarding process, both suppliers and licensees are given access to the CR supply chain rules. The suppliers and licensees can follow this guideline to ensure that they are adhering to the requirements of the shared commitment, such as the ban on forced and compulsory labour. They conduct regular health and safety documented internal assessments/audits of the facility, the policies, and the procedures. Additionally, they are aiming to make inclusiveness the foundation of everything they do. Their vision is to be a brand that embraces all Tommy fans and a place of employment where everyone can achieve their full potential. However, Tommy has failed to be transparent with their labour policies which could suggest that they rely on that of PVH but as a brand as well known as Tommy, they should  ensure that they have their own labour policies to show that they are for social justice and workers are treated in a just and fair manner.