Safe materials for people and the planet –
and assurance for consumers

We are all a part of nature, and nature is part of us. So when we talk about safe products and materials here at Canada Goose, we’re taking into account any effects they may have on the people who make them, the consumers who use them, and the environment in which we all live. As our company has grown, so has our supply chain. We want continued assurance that our suppliers – and their suppliers – are as concerned about safe materials as we are.

The steps we've taken in the past to ensure safe materials centered on our comprehensive chemical testing management system. We based this on product safety regulations of the countries to which we sell and a Restricted Substances List (RSL) with exposure thresholds that meet and exceed the guidance from the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). To ensure that all of our suppliers are responsibly managing chemicals, dyes, and finishes, we test raw materials and finished articles at the development stage and in mass production.

In 2019, we decided to take this a few steps further by aligning our processes with bluesign®. This globally recognized organization serves as an independent authority on chemicals, processes, materials, and products that are safe for the environment, workers, and consumers. The bluesign® SYSTEM is a framework for increasing safety and eliminating any environmentally damaging substances from the supply chain.

As a bluesign® SYSTEM Partner, Canada Goose has wholly embraced their strict criteria for resource efficiency, worker safety, environmental and consumer protection, and chemical exclusions. We’re supporting our suppliers as they make necessary changes to meet those criteria, and we employ the bluesign® system of factory audits and certification to monitor the complex journey of materials across the supply chain, from chemical formulation to our finished Canada Goose products.

90%

We aim to have 90% of Canada Goose fabrics in our domestic production (by volume) earn the bluesign® APPROVED label for responsible and sustainable practices by 2025.

Our teams pursued this goal in a big way in 2020. We made a strategic decision to concentrate on achieving bluesign® criteria for lining materials that we use across many of our products. This focus on high-volume fabrics allows us to make a larger impact, faster.

At the end of 2019, 32% of our fabrics were bluesign® APPROVED. By March 31, 2020, we’d hit 45% – the approximate halfway point toward our goal. This rapid progress was driven by a 400% increase in bluesign® APPROVED lining materials. Our suppliers played a big part in this successful push. For instance, one of our major lining suppliers increased their bluesign® APPROVED linings from 0% to 25% over a year in order to support our goal.

The ongoing transition to bluesign® APPROVED fabrics means we have an increasingly clearer view of what’s happening in our supply chain. Thanks to that transparency, we can give our consumers the confidence they deserve by knowing that our materials are safe for everyone and every place along the way.