We are committed to measuring, tracking and improving our environmental performance in designing, developing, manufacturing and delivering our products to market. We are using the Higg Index framework to do so.
The Higg Index is an industry-wide tool that enables companies to evaluate material types, products, facilities and processes based on a set of environmental indicators. The Index asks practice-based, qualitative questions to gauge environmental sustainability performance and drive behavior for improvement.
The Higg Index is managed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition which is an industry-wide group of over 100 leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, suppliers, nonprofits, and NGOs working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world.
Through our parent company, Columbia Sportswear, we were founding members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and have been using the Higg Index to measure brand, product and facility related practices for the last two years. We have seen modest improvements in our overall practices since starting to use the Higg Index in 2012 and our goal is to continue to make progress in each of the areas outlined by the Higg Index.
Our two flagship retail stores in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA are both LEED certified. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Some of the green building design practices present in our Portland and Seattle retail stores include:
- 40% less water in day to day operations
- 20% regionally manufactured building materials
- 10% recycled content in building materials
- 40% interior building reuse rate
- 75% diversion rate of construction waste from landfill
- Low emitting adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings, carpet systems, ceiling and wall systems, composite wood and agri-fiber products
- Optimized appliance energy performance
We also follow green office practices outlined by our Green Office Guide at headquarters, sales and regional office locations. Our Headquarters building in Richmond, CA incorporates green building design and operational principles. Here are some fun facts about our Headquarters building:
- Our headquarters is located in the historic Fort Point building, a renovated automobile factory.
- Our kitchen floors are covered with natural tiles, and our rec rooms is covered with recycled tires.
- We chose 100% natural, nontoxic, dye-free carpets for our showrooms and California Gold Standard carpet tiles for our workspaces.
- Our office furnishings are PVC-free and manufactured in North America. They all meet strict environmental standards (ISO 14001 certified).
- Solar Panels, located on our sawtooth roof, provide enough power to meet our annual net electrical needs.
- Employees can check out kayak’s and paddles boards to use on our very own boat dock and on-site kayak launch.
- Employees have easy access to local parks and trails. We are located right on the Bay Trail that runs along the Bay all the way to Berkeley and beyond.
- We provide our employees with incentives to utilize alternate means of transportation. On-site showers allow employees to bicycle to work, while a shuttle bus runs between Ford Point and the local BART station.
We recognize that we are a single player in a large, complex supply chain and believe the best way to make significant progress as an industry is to work together to come up with solutions that are applicable for all supply chain stakeholders.
Hence, we are members of the following Industry Associations via our parent company, Columbia Sportswear, and actively participate on working groups and collaborative initiatives within these Associations.
The OIA SWG is a volunteer collaboration among more than 450 outdoor industry companies working to identify sustainable business practices throughout their shared global supply chains.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is an industry-wide group of over 100 leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, suppliers, nonprofits, and NGOs working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products.
Better Work is an innovative partnership program between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Operational since 2009, the program aims to improve both compliance with labour standards and competitiveness in global supply chains.