Aldo gets certified green
It’s been five years in the making, but Aldo has officially been certified climate neutral according to South Pole's climate neutral company label criteria, making it the first fashion footwear and accessories company in the world to be certified.
"The Aldo Group is driven by one purpose: we are on a journey to create a world of love, confidence and belonging. This is what motivates us to make positive change in the world that goes beyond our brands, products and the services we sell," said David Bensadoun, CEO of the Aldo Group, in a news statement.
It all started in 2013, when the Montreal-based company calculated its carbon footprint and set itself a baseline for improvement.
Since then, Aldo Group has managed to offset 100 percent of the carbon emissions produced in 2017 by its corporate stores, offices and distribution centres, earning the company the title, climate neutral-certified.
To get there, the Canadian company improved the energy efficiency of its offices and corporate stores, reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent in the last five years.
To offset the remainder of the emissions, it purchases Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from wind farms located in regions where its corporate stores are located and invests in high-quality carbon credits that support low-impact, small hydroelectric projects in its top sourcing countries.
As well as reducing its carbon footprint, the company also invests in smarter and more sustainable packaging, and prioritizes low-carbon shipping methods.
"We recognize the impact our industry has on global climate change and are motivated to attack this problem head-on. We still have work to do, but we strongly believe that a low-carbon future is possible and are committed to doing our part by going climate neutral today. Our goal is to make it easy for our customers to stay fashionable and to choose good," added Bensadoun.
Moving forward, the accessories and footwear company is embarking on more ambitious plans and hopes to reduce its carbon footprint even further including targeting indirect supply chain emissions and sourcing more sustainable materials that will contribute to fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
Aldo Group was founded in 1972. The company has over 3,000 points of sale in 100 countries around the world, operating under two signature brands, Aldo and Call It Spring, and a multi-brand retail concept, Globo.
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