San Francisco – Coyuchi has gathered a group of experts from across fashion, agriculture and sustainability to help it measure its progress toward its climate goals.
The Coyuchi Climate Council will advise the organic cotton brand on its journey to achieve net zero emissions by 2025 and net positive emissions by 2030. They include:
- Jeff Hogue, chief sustainability officer, Levi’s
- Cara Chacon, founder and principal consultant, Intentum Corporate Responsibility Consulting (formerly Patagonia)
- Steve Finkel, founder and president, White Buffalo Land Trust
- Amanda Cattermole, founder of Cattermole Consulting Inc..
They were selected for their expertise in five key areas: regenerative agriculture, GHG’s and offsets, ESG reporting, textile chemistry, and circular systems.
“Coyuchi’s pursuit of sustainable innovation has never been achievable in a silo. The complexities of the textiles supply chain do not allow for us to work alone, and when we launched our first circular product in 2020, we recognized the true value of our network in the battle against climate change,” said Eileen Mockus, CEO and president of Coyuchi.
To jumpstart its accountability and measurement initiatives, Coyuchi has also released its first annual Impact Report. The report provides metrics around Coyuchi’s sustainable accomplishments starting with 2020, and outlines the company’s new climate goals, as well as a roadmap for how it plans to achieve them.
Key benchmarks from the Impact Report include (Jan-Dec 2020):
- 100% of products were made from 100% natural fibers.
- 99% of product was Global Organic Textile Standard certified.
- Invested capital in carbon farming practices on over 6,000 acres in California (carbon farming promotes biodiversity and fertile land).
In addition to environmental metrics, Coyuchi’s 2020 Impact Report also addresses the importance of diversity and charity initiatives that support a fair and equal society:
- 100% executive female leadership
- 90% female workforce
- More than 2,000 factory workers in India received COVID-19 Relief from Coyuchi’s Fair Trade USA Premium, which was used to purchase groceries and sanitizing materials
- More than 400 smallholder farms, or a farm that is less than five acres in land, received Fair Trade premiums from Coyuchi in India, where small and marginal farmers account for 86% of total farmers (2015 – 2016 India Agriculture Census)
- 4 years of support for 1% for the Planet, in which 1% of sales of select product goes to a nonprofit supporting the fight against climate change
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