An estimated 96% of Timberland's carbon footprint comes from businesses it doesn't own. It is associated with the emissions embedded in its raw materials and produced by its partner factories and carriers. One way of influencing its indirect footprint is by measuring the lifecycle climate impact of its products and providing product designers/developers and consumers with that information so they can make more informed choices that lead to lower carbon products. Timberland seeks to do this with its Green Index. More recently the company developed a carbon toolkit and carbon management expertise within its own Code of Conduct team to help suppliers evaluate and reduce their climate impact. Through this outreach Timberland will introduce the Climate Counts scorecard to its suppliers in 2010.
"We believe business has a responsibility -- not only to be a part of meaningful climate solutions, but also to communicate their efforts transparently to stakeholders. We're honored to be among the charter companies for Climate Counts' Industry Innovators project because we believe it seeks to establish corporate environmental accountability which leads, importantly, to climate action."
-Jeff Swartz, CEO, Timberland