Williams-Sonoma has released its 2018 Corporate Responsibility Scorecard, with several milestones achieved company-wide toward responsible sourcing, sustainable design, landfill diversion, energy and carbon intensity, supply chain development, corporate giving and volunteering.
The company is also celebrating five years of partnership with Fair Trade USA, a certifier of fair trade products in North America. To date, Williams-Sonoma has contributed $3.6 million in Fair Trade premiums to workers across its range of brands. This exceeds the company’s goal, announced in 2017, to reach $3 million in premiums paid to workers by 2020. The company has also grown its Fair Trade Certified footprint to 15 factories in five countries, impacting over 12,000 workers.
“We want to make a positive impact in the world through our business. Corporate responsibility is central to who we are, the way we run our brands and our vision for our future. Every year, we aim to expand our customers’ access to high-quality, safe and sustainably-made products,” said Laura Alber, president and CEO of Williams-Sonoma. “Our dedication to sustainability is a key reason why customers choose us over our competitors, and we are proud to share the milestones that differentiate our business through our annual Corporate Responsibility Scorecard. As an industry leader in corporate responsibility, the changes we make in our global supply chain lead to big shifts in the way our industry operates, in our customers’ choices, and in the well-being of our workers and the communities in which we do business world-wide.”
Other highlights from the company’s 2018 Corporate Responsibility Scorecard include:
Fair Trade Certified: Fair Trade Certified products were first introduced in 2014 by West Elm, which today alone has driven over $1.8 million in premiums back to workers. The company is continuing to scale the program across its brands.
Worker Well-Being: The company said it remains well on track to reach its goal of educating and empowering 100,000 workers by 2020 through a partnership with HERproject and VisionSpring.
Sustainably-Sourced Materials: The assortment of sustainably sourced products continues to grow, including furniture made with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood or cotton certified to the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS).
GreenGuard: Pottery Barn Kids has reached nearly 100% GreenGuard Gold Certified bedroom and nursery furniture, which means these products are screened for over 10,000 chemicals to ensure they are low-emitting in indoor environments. The company is also expanding its GreenGuard assortment across its family of brands, giving customers a variety of choices in creating a healthy home.