Since embarking on its sustainability journey in 2013, the ALDO Group's main goal has been to reduce its carbon emissions and minimize the need to offset unavoidable ones. That same year, the company started calculating its carbon footprint to set itself a baseline and goals for long term improvements. These goals were approved by the Science-based Target Initiative as part of a collaborative effort between CDP, the UN Global Compact, WRI and WWF.
Since then, the ALDO Group has steadily reduced its emissions, notably by improving the energy efficiency of its stores and corporate offices, reducing emissions from product transportation and shipments, introducing sustainable materials with a lower footprint, phasing-out single use shopping bags and working with suppliers and industry partners to decarbonize the supply chain.
As a result, South Pole has presented the ALDO Group the climate neutral company certification for the third consecutive year.
By purchasing carbon credits from high-impact emission reduction initiatives, the ALDO Group is supporting clean energy projects in India and China (solar power, wind energy and waste-to-energy), as well as a nature-based forest conservation project in the Amazon basin. The latter simultaneously addresses climate change, supports local communities and smallholders, and conserves biodiversity. All carbon credits are sourced from certified projects, ensuring the investment will make the greatest impact.
Having achieved significant reductions for its operations' emissions over the past 7 years, the company sees a necessary shift towards its sustainability projects. Thus, it is now scaling up its carbon reduction objectives to address its most material issues: from waste management to its positive impact on local communities, from teaming up with partners to improve their social and environmental footprint to promoting diversity and inclusion.
After recently launching its first sustainable fashion footwear and accessories collections under brands ALDO and Call It Spring, the ALDO Group aims to continue introducing more innovative low impact materials for its brands. The company's long-term plan will also imply perpetuating collaborations with trusted partners to remain accountable of its progress and commit to its set goals.
The Envira project in Brazil's Amazon basin protects 39,300 ha of tropical forest from logging and encroaching cattle ranches. This simultaneously preserves the areas rich biodiversity and mitigates the release of over 1,250,000 tCO2 e on average each year. The project also fosters economic opportunities for local communities through sustainable farming and the sale of acai berries and medicinal plants, promotes environmental stewardship, and provides health services and educational courses.
By installing a new wind farm in the Andhra Pradesh region of India, this project generates clean, renewable energy for the Indian grid. It replaces fossil fuel based power, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating the transition to a sustainable future.
This 205 MW capacity bundled solar project comprises five solar power plants across the Indian States of Telangana, Gujarat and Rajasthan. In its initial decade-long crediting period, it will prevent the emission of more than 3.5 million tonnes of CO2 by generating renewable energy for India's heavily fossil fuel-dominated electricity grid.
Producing glass is an energy intensive process. The Yingxin Glassworks Factory is implementing measures to make it more environmentally friendly by installing state-of-the-art technology. The company is using a system to capture waste heat and channel it back into further glass production as electricity, significantly reducing their need for fossil-fuel derived power in their operations.
The ALDO Group is a world-leading creator and operator of desirable footwear and accessory brands. With a presence in over 100 countries around the world, the organization operates under two signature brands, ALDO and Call It Spring, and a multi-brand retail concept, GLOBO.
"Our sustainability efforts towards fighting the climate crisis are deeply rooted in our company's purpose: to create a world of love, confidence and belonging."