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Calvin Klein

At Wedge, we have gathered and analyzed the following information on Calvin Klein to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of its sustainability efforts.

Calvin Klein

As you may know Clavin Klein is a part of the PVH corporation which is an American multinational clothing company headquartered in Manhattan, New York City. The company owns and markets a portfolio of lifestyle brands, including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, Arrow, Warner's, Olga, and True & Co.

Carbon Emissions:  

Calvin Klein has a goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. In 2021, the company's CO2 intensity was 1.2 kg CO2e/€1000 revenue, which is lower than the average for the apparel industry.

PVH, the parent company, has committed to a 30% reduction in supply chain emissions by 2030. This shows a clear commitment to reducing their carbon footprint.

Labor Practices:

Calvin Klein's commitment to ethical labor practices lacks: a public commitment, an action plan and separate labor costs. Living wage paid rating of 1/5.

For more details, visit the brand's Fashion Checker page.

Renewable Energy Sources:

PVH has committed to using 100% renewable energy in owned and operated facilities by 2030.

In 2021, the company used 53% renewable energy. Calvin Klein is working to increase its use of renewable energy by investing in solar and wind projects.

Transparency: Calvin Klein's Fashion Transparency Index score is 56.3- higher than average. The index assesses brands' transparency regarding their social and environmental policies. For more information, visit the Fashion Revolution website.

Sustainable Materials:

Calvin Klein aims to source 100% sustainable cotton and viscose by 2025, and polyester by 2030. In 2021, 44% of materials were sustainable, up from 41% in 2020. The use of sustainable viscose increased from 16% to 25% between 2020 and 2021, and sustainable polyester from 16% to 28%. Sustainable cotton use also increased from 53% to 54%.

The brand is committed to using 100% responsible wool by 2025, with 10% sustainably sourced in 2021, up from 4% in 2020. They have an Animal Welfare Policy to eliminate or find alternatives for materials of concern.

In terms of emissions, conventional cotton processing emits the highest percentage of the brand's materials’ carbon emissions, but they expect this to decrease as they adopt more sustainable cotton sources.

Animal Welfare:

Calvin Klein has policies in place for sourcing animal-derived materials, adhering to the "Five Freedoms" concept by the World Organization for Animal Health. However, the effectiveness of these policies in practice could be more transparent.

While they've prohibited the use of angora and animal fur, the enforcement and monitoring of these bans are not explicitly detailed. Their commitment to sourcing 100% sustainable wool by 2025 is commendable, but the progress towards this goal is unclear.

Their opposition to mulesing and ban on mohair are positive steps, but the absence of a clear timeline for eliminating wool from mulesed sheep raises concerns.

The requirement for down and feathers to be from non-live-plucked or non-force-fed birds and certified by the Textile Exchange’s Responsible Down Standard is a good policy, but again, the enforcement and monitoring mechanisms could be more transparent.