In 2017, we launched a special collection addressing the
daily challenges faced by the differently abled community
when getting dressed, through adjustable seams and
openings, magnetic closures and other enhancements.
It began in North America with a kids collection and has
since expanded to include an adult line. Now totalling
70 pieces, it will be introduced in Europe later this year.
In Spring 2018, we proudly launched our Social Innovation
Challenge, designed to support new business ideas for
a more inclusive fashion landscape. We will support the
three winners with financial aid, mentorship and access
to our business network.We will soon begin accepting
applications for the 2019 program.
In 2013, we joined the Better Cotton Initiative,
which invests in training farmers to adopt better
farming practices that minimize negative
environmental, economic and social impact.
In 2018 approximately 65% of our cotton supply
globally was purchased from more sustainable
sources and we produced our first range of 100%
recycled cotton products.
Our sustainable denim program aims to increase our
use of innovative, lower impact finishing techniques,
which reduce water, energy and chemical
consumption in the process. In 2018, 17% of denim
produced for our European and Asian businesses
were produced with lower-impact finishes.