Canadian Footwear Retailer ‘ALDO’ Expands Eco Initiatives Amid Global Expansion

The ALDO Group, with more than 850 stores in North America and more than 3,000 points of sales across 100 countries, has been focused since 2013 on setting an example for the fashion industry in battling climate change.

The company, which last year became the first fashion footwear and accessories company in the world to be certified climate neutral for its corporate stores, offices and distribution centres, is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in order to leave a positive impact on the environment.

From 2013 to 2018, the company said it achieved a 46 per cent reduction of its greenhouse gases in only five years.

By 2030, the company said it plans to cut carbon emissions across its operations by 40 per cent and down per pair of shoe by 30 per cent, compared to its 2016 levels.

Here are some of the initiatives ALDO has undertaken in recent years:

  • A sustainable campus (recycling and composting facilities, plastic water-bottle free, electric vehicle charging stations, carpooling incentives, discounted public transit, a community garden and beehives, etc.);
  • A bagless initiative where their brands eliminate all single-use shopping bags, saving 10 million bags every year;
  • A sustainable collection made with recycled polyester and carbon neutral lake algae. The ALDO Group designers and materials teams continue to explore the latest advancements in sustainable materials to incorporate in their products;
  • Improving the environmental performance of the footwear and leather industries by working with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Leather Working Group, and Sustainable Brands;
  • Community days and 15 paid hours to volunteer for all office associates around the world;
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion, with a focus on female leadership. Today, 69 per cent of the ALDO Group managers are women and they’ve reached parity on their executive team;
  • An innovative wellness program encouraging associates to stay fit, eat healthy, and reduce stress (on-site gym, optometrist appointments, mindfulness classes, chair massage services, nutritionist-approved meals, osteopaths, etc); and
  • Work/life integration guidelines and services in offices (telecommuting guides, flex hours, summer Fridays, subsidized daycare, car maintenance and wash, fresh take-out meals, etc.)

Source: Retail Insider

2019-10-10T12:19:48-04:00 October 10th, 2019|