Preferred Fibres & Materials
We create products that give people the freedom to venture out in any weather, confident they’ll be protected from the elements. We believe these same products should reflect our commitment to protecting the planet, starting with the materials we choose.
In 2019, we committed to sourcing more Preferred Fibres and Materials (PFMs) as defined by Textile Exchange: fibres and materials with improved environmental and social sustainability impacts compared to conventional production. For our products, this primarily means that we are incorporating more recycled, organic and other responsibly sourced materials.
In a textile category that has often been petroleum-based, we developed Kind Fleece, our next generation of fleece, an ultra-soft and breathable fabric made with 62% recycled wool, 18% wood-based TENCEL™ Lyocell, 13% partially bio-based Sorona® Polymer and 7% Polyamide.
Recycled Arctic Tech
Designed to stay dry in extreme conditions and cold climates, this heritage-inspired textile contains recycled polyester and organic cotton. Recycled polyester, in particular, is recognized to generate significantly less carbon than its conventional cousin.
Recycled Feather-light Ripstop
This durable, ultra-lightweight fabric with ripstop construction is designed to withstand high winds, light rain and snow and made from 100% recycled nylon.
Our search for sustainably manufactured leather was informed by the Leather Working Group, the leading global environmental certification organization. With a Gold medal LWG audit rating, TerraCare® is dedicated to using and developing ecological tanning methods, resulting in lower water and chemical consumption.
Responsible Down Standard
Down is one of the best natural sources for lightweight insulation. In November 2021, Canada Goose became certified as a brand under the Responsible Down Standard (RDS). We’re proud to belong to a leading community of global brands who, like us, are committed to responsibly sourced down.
The RDS respects the Five Freedoms of animal welfare, prohibits live-plucking or force-feeding in the supply chain, and stipulates that all RDS down is a by-product of the poultry industry. Learn more about RDS.
A commitment for the future
At Canada Goose, we are dedicated to giving back, protecting our planet and making an impact in order to keep the planet cold and the people on it warm.
bluesign® SYSTEM partner
As a global brand, we wanted to take extra steps to ensure safety for our customers, the environment and workers. That’s why we became a SYSTEM Partner of bluesign® in 2019. We have wholly embraced their criteria as the standard for resource efficiency, worker safety, environmental and consumer protection, and chemical safety for our suppliers.Read More
We believe in engaging communities and supporting game-changing people. From raising awareness through our Goose People to taking action on the ground with the team at Polar Bears International, discover more about the longstanding partnerships and programs that we’re proud to champion.
As part of our Sustainable Impact Strategy, we’ve reimagined how we evaluate the environmental impact and supply chain visibility of our materials. Our priority areas for action include sourcing verified preferred fibers and materials (PFMs) and certifying our brand and owned manufacturing sites under appropriate standards when applicable.
We achieved Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certification as a brand and manufacturer in November 2021 after more than two years of intensive planning, training and process updates. We’re also well on our way to providing third-party assurance for responsible chemical management through our bluesign® partnership. Read on for more about the progress we’ve made—and download our complete 2021 Sustainability Report to dive into all the details.
In partnership with leading third-party expert Textile Exchange, we introduced a new internal Preferred Fibres and Materials (PFM) process and trained employees across our teams — including Innovation, QA & Compliance, Marketing, Sourcing and Merchandising — in PFM supplier requirements, third-party certifications, source traceability and claim verification.
In 2021, we put our new PFM process to work for several new products. The Standard Expedition Parka showcased PFMs: we filled it with responsibly sourced down, chose organic cotton and recycled synthetics for fabrics and used recycled plastics for trims like the cordlock cord end and bead. We also launched the brand-new Cypress and Crofton collections featuring recycled nylon outer shells.
We are just getting started and are ready to ramp up our PFM sourcing to meet our 2025 goal of 90% Preferred Fibres and Materials as specified by Textile Exchange.
for our packaging
Sustainable materials belong in our garments — and our packaging. In 2021, our internal Sustainable Packaging Working Group tackled small changes that would have an immediate impact on our packaging footprint. They also began the process of mapping out a plan for moving all packaging to more sustainable solutions.
The group’s efforts have already propelled our inclusion of verified recycled content and other environmentally responsible materials and designs. In 2021, we transitioned two of seven polybag types that we use in shipping – from 85% virgin/15% recycled low-density polyethylene (LDPE) to 100% post industrial recycled LDPE. As our e-commerce business grew during the pandemic, we also introduced the use of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified cardboard boxes in our e-commerce packaging.
Manufacturing & Operations
To make an impact that matters, we focused our 2021 efforts on refining our net zero carbon strategy. We began implementing the first phase of our three-pronged approach: improving energy efficiency in facilities with the highest energy use, reducing both our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and GHG intensities. We’re also working to protect our planet by reducing waste and stewarding our resources wisely. Keep reading to learn more and download our full 2021 Sustainability Report for all the details.
Immediate impact through
Reaching net zero is a must.
But we knew we couldn’t wait until 2025 to make a difference for the climate. So, we set an intermediate goal for ourselves: maintain carbon neutrality annually for company operations.
Each year, we invest in carbon offset projects that reduce, avoid, or sequester the equivalent of 200% of our annual Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions. Those projects, which can be located anywhere around the world, balance out the emissions we produce for the set period of one year.
We’ve partnered with Carbonzero to source these projects since 2019. We’ve built our partnership with the ultimate hope that together, we will develop a unique, permanent offset project in Canada.
Repurposing warranty waste
We’re committed to recycling, reusing, and upcycling our unused and post-warranty materials and products. Beginning in 2020, we partnered with textile recyclers in Canada, the U.S.A, and Europe to conduct trials for various recycling and donation options for our warranty waste. In 2021, we implemented a new waste diversion hierarchy that has prepared us to scale up our warranty waste recycling.
People & Communities
Building relationships is a vital element of our journey. We support our employees, local neighbours, and global communities on their unique paths—and gratefully acknowledge how their wisdom, passion and actions help us live out our HUMANATURE platform. Here are just a few of the ways we’re working to build change. For the full picture, please read our complete 2021 Sustainability Report.
Creating the Inclusion
We launched our Inclusion Advisory Council (IAC), consisting of members representative of a variety of roles and regions within the company including, many different backgrounds, intersectional identities, perspectives and diversity of thought around one (virtual) table.
Authenticity is a core value of our brand. We encourage each of our team members to stretch themselves, speak out, and share who they really are. Creating the IAC was a natural outcome of our commitment to authenticity — this group is committed to advocating for team members across the spectrum of diversity and facilitating meaningful dialogue about inclusion with consideration of being a global organization.
Training the future workforceWhen the majority of domestic apparel manufacturing shifted overseas, we were determined to stay in Canada.
Our choice was rewarding, but not easy. Filling the growing demand for our products was a challenge when the supply of skilled workers was dwindling.
We created Sewing Training Schools to close this gap. Through this six-week program, we equip unemployed, underemployed, and immigrant community members with in-demand skills. Trainees learn progressively more challenging sewing techniques and have the option to earn a second language program certification in English or French to increase their opportunities. Program graduates move onto the production line as Sewing Machine Operators. The program prepares them not only for production line positions, however, but also for advancing their careers as future supervisors, engineers, and managers.
Our high standards of integrity and accountability drive us to look beyond our business, today. We think through what’s beneficial for those around us: consumers, employees, business partners, suppliers and investors. Ultimately, we exercise our strengths, skills and position in the industry to care for the planet and the people with whom we share it.
In 2021, we continued to assess suppliers according to the standards set out in our Supplier Code of Conduct — standards designed to protect the health, well-being and dignity of workers around the globe. Read on for some of the ways we’re taking action to implement these standards—and download our complete Sustainability Report to learn more.
Supplier social audits
Suppliers are regularly audited to the standards described in our Supplier Code of Conduct. Our due diligence process starts with the supplier self-assessment, our request and review of third-party social assessment(s), and corrective action plan submission and review. When local COVID-19 protocols permit, Canada Goose staff regularly conduct factory inspections.
To reduce audit fatigue within our supply chain, we have an alternate audit policy that allows suppliers to submit existing and current third-party assessments for review. This policy was especially successful in 2021 as it protected the safety of workers and auditors during the pandemic.
Promoting a culture of integrity
At Canada Goose, we act with honesty and in accordance with high ethical and legal standards. Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics articulates how we expect employees to embody this commitment.
To help foster a work culture in which integrity is the norm, every employee must review the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics on an annual basis and acknowledge that they understand our expectations and standards. We hold our suppliers accountable for integrity, too, through our Supplier Code of Conduct.
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