Climate and Clean Energy
We strive to reduce our energy consumption and integrate climate change measures into our policies and planning. We measure energy consumption at our corporate HQ, our Moreno Valley distribution center, and most of our US retail store locations. We also monitor our key supply chain partner’s energy usage globally, and set reduction targets for them, because the most significant emissions for Deckers result from the production level.
Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Outside of the fossil-fuel industry, the fashion industry is the largest contributor to carbon emissions. The energy usage in the places we manufacture our products has an enormous impact on our environmental footprint. The transition of the majority of our production from China to Vietnam was a huge step forward in reducing our environmental footprint. China relies heavily on coal, whereas Vietnam emphases hydroelectricity, this alone reduces our overall footprint significantly. As we embark on a lifecycle assessment for our product materials in the near future, we hope to be able to determine where our carbon/greenhouse gas emissions are most prevalent so we can make further improvements. We also recognize the opportunity to reduce other significant air emissions. Our restricted substances policy sets forth our expectations of our supply chain partners when using substances that are known to have an environmental impact. We regularly review our restricted substances policy to ensure we are up-to-date of all legal restrictions and provide ongoing training and monitoring of our partners so that they are aware of our stringent requirements.
We appreciate and understand that water is a sparse commodity, and we need to do what we can to conserve it. In line with our sustainable development goals, we seek to reduce our overall water consumption. At our Corporate HQ we conserve water through low flow fixtures that, as a result, save approximately 350,000 gallons of water each year. Outside of our buildings we have drought tolerant native plants, which also conserve water. And, all water that falls onto our campus flows through a culvert system and into the wetland restoration area. We know our largest footprint comes at the production level which is why we also monitor our supply chain partner’s environmental footprint including their water usage. And, all of our leathers are sourced through Leather Working Group certified tanneries which maintain protocols that promote sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry. We want to only work with those partners who take environmental impact mitigation as seriously as we do and continue to drive our partners do to better.
We strive to significantly reduce waste generation at our own headquarters, our distribution center locations, and our key factory partners. Our Moreno Valley Distribution Center is nearly a zero-waste facility. By taking advantage of 3D printing and design, we are effectively reducing or altogether eliminating samples, therefore, creating less waste. This ability to design and print on campus allows us to visualize design intent before we finalize a sample, ultimately reducing the number of samples made, errors made, and shipping needed. We also measure waste output among key supply chain partners. We learned that we need to help our factory partners divert waste. Many of them want to do the right thing but they need help to get there. We are doing our part to reduce our waste generation through various channels of our business.