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


As you may know Timberland is a part of the VF corporation which is an American global apparel and footwear company founded in 1899. The company's 13 brands are organized into three categories: Outdoor, Active and Work. The company controls 55% of the U.S. backpack market with the JanSport, Eastpak, The North Face, and Vans brands.

Carbon Emissions:  

  • Timberland's parent company, VF Corporation, is working hard to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases they produce. They've set a goal to reduce their emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to what they were producing in 2017. As of 2022, they've already reduced their emissions by 66%.

  • They're also working to reduce emissions from their suppliers and transportation by 30% by 2030 compared to 2017 levels. As of 2021, they've managed to reduce these emissions by 8%.

Carbon intensity measures greenhouse gas emissions in relation to a company's revenue or employees. It helps assess a company's carbon footprint and commitment to reducing emissions. 

Timberland 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. However, Timberland's CO2 intensity is higher than some of its competitors, such as Patagonia (1.1 kg CO2e/€1000 revenue) and Arc'teryx (0.9 kg CO2e/€1000 revenue).

Labor Practices:

Timberland's commitment to ethical labor practices includes: a public commitment but doesn't include: 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:

Timberland has a goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2025. In 2021, the company used 30% renewable energy. Timberland is working to increase its use of renewable energy by investing in solar and wind projects.

Transparency: The North Face's Fashion Transparency Index score is 65.8- better than 99% of the other brands in the index. The index assesses brands' transparency regarding their social and environmental policies. For more information, visit the Fashion Revolution website.

Sustainable Materials:

The company has a goal of using 50% recycled or renewable materials by 2025. In 2021, the company used 30% recycled or renewable materials. Timberland is working to increase its use of sustainable materials by developing new materials and working with suppliers to source sustainable materials.

  • Recycled Materials: VF Corporation is aiming to source 50% of their polyester from recycled materials by 2026. As of 2021, they've already achieved 36%.

  • Other Materials: Top materials used by weight:

    • Rubber: 40%

    • Polyester: 18%

    • Cotton: 15%

    • Leather: 5%

    • Paper: 4%

    • Nylon: 3%

    • Foam: 2%

    • Wool: 1%

    • Down: 1%

    • Others (including brass, polypropylene, etc.): 11%