Our Rating: 4 Stars - Good

Price: $ $ $ $

Country of origin: United States

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Timberland, owned by VF Corporation, is a brand that has made strides in sustainability. In terms of their environmental policies, the brand has been rated “It’s a Start” in our Planet rating. This rating takes into account various factors such as carbon emissions, wastewater management, business models, and product circularity. Timberland has been recognized for its use of lower-impact materials, including recycled materials. However, there is no evidence that the brand minimizes the use of solvent-based chemicals, which can be harmful to both workers and the environment during the production process. Another area where Timberland can improve is in minimizing packaging, as it currently does not show any evidence of taking action in this aspect, despite the packaging being a driver of plastic waste. On a positive note, Timberland has set science-based targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in both its direct operations and supply chain. However, it is important for the brand to provide evidence that they are on track to meet these targets.

In terms of workers’ rights, Timberland has been rated “It’s a Start” in our People rating. This rating evaluates brands’ policies and practices related to child labor, living wages, gender equality, and more. Timberland received a score of 61-70% in the 2022 Fashion Transparency Index, indicating transparency in its practices. The brand also provides a confidential complaints mechanism for workers in its supply chain to report instances of harassment or violence. However, there is no evidence to suggest that Timberland ensures workers are paid living wages in its supply chain. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Timberland disclosed adequate policies to protect workers in its supply chain from the virus. Moving forward, the brand should prioritize ensuring fair wages for workers across its supply chain.

When it comes to animal welfare, Timberland has been rated “Good” in our Animals rating. The brand has a formal policy aligned with the Five Freedoms of animal welfare and has clear implementation mechanisms in place. Timberland appears to use shearling, recycled exotic animal hair, silk, recycled leather, recycled wool, and recycled down in its products. However, there is no evidence to suggest that the brand uses fur, angora, or exotic animal skin. Additionally, Timberland traces most animal-derived materials to the first production stage, indicating transparency and accountability in its sourcing practices.

Based on all publicly available information we have reviewed, Timberland has been rated “Good” overall. This rating takes into account the brand’s environmental policies, workers’ rights, and animal welfare practices. Although there are areas where Timberland can improve, such as minimizing the use of solvent-based chemicals and ensuring living wages for workers, the brand has shown dedication to sustainability and has implemented measures to reduce their environmental impact. Timberland’s commitment to animal welfare and transparent sourcing practices also contribute to its positive rating. As Timberland continues to work towards its sustainability goals, it is important for the brand to address the areas where improvements can be made and provide evidence of progress.

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