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The state of climate action in the North American apparel sector


We analyzed how some of the largest apparel retailers across North America are managing climate action. Find out about your performance by requesting a tailor-made report today.

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Climate action and retail: key findings

The vast, complex value chains from the apparel retail sector are major contributors to climate change and global warming. Retailers are beginning to take action to measure and reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions and emissions related to purchased energy (scopes 1 & 2). Plastics are another major sustainability challenge. Reducing and managing plastic waste has become a key issue that draws a lot of customer attention.

By far, the largest amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the apparel retail sector occurs in its supply chains (scope 3). Therefore, reduction initiatives and targets should be extended to supply chains - a complex task that South Pole is well equipped to support.

Some retailers are responding to stakeholder pressure by setting scopes 1, 2 & 3 science-based targets (SBTs) endorsed by the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi). However, there is still an urgent need for more ambitious, long-term Net Zero commitments and accelerated implementation at scale and pace from the entire retail sector.

Climate performance of 32 of the largest apparel retailers across the United States and Canada

Climate performance of 32 of the largest apparel retailers across the United States and Canada


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How are the largest apparel retailers across North America dealing with climate change? South Pole experts have analyzed 32 of the largest apparel retailers by reviewing their: climate performance (CDP Score), commitments to science-based targets (SBTs), plastics strategy and initiative, and renewable energy targets and initiatives.

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