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                          Our products are the sum of their materials, so where they come from matters.

                          Roughly 91 percent of our products are cotton-based, so the sustainability of our cotton supply is critical to our business. We don’t grow cotton ourselves, but given how much we use, we have a stake in how that cotton is grown and how it impacts the places where it is planted.

                          We work with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and other partners to help farmers grow cotton more sustainably, reducing water and chemical use and increasing yields. We’re committed to using 100 percent more sustainable cotton from BCI growers, organic cotton farms, or recycled cotton suppliers by 2020, and we are well on our way to making it happen.

                          We think about other natural fibers and synthetics in the same way, striving to source responsibly, with the smallest possible footprint, and looking to innovate wherever possible to introduce more sustainable fabrics and fiber strategies into our supply chain.

                          Making Strides Through BCI
                          By cutting his water use in half and growing his profits, Muhammad was able to send his daughters back to school.
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                          Water
                          The Issue

                          Sixty-eight percent of the water used for a pair of jeans comes from growing cotton.


                          Our Plan

                          Cotton from Better Cotton Initiative growers requires 14 percent less water than conventional cotton.

                          Climate
                          The Issue

                          Cotton cultivation represents 10 percent of carbon emissions across our total value chain.


                          Our Plan

                          Continue to move towards sourcing all our cotton from BCI growers, organic cotton farms and recycled cotton suppliers by 2020.

                          Chemicals
                          The Issue

                          Traditional cotton growing methods involve large quantities of fertilizer and pesticides.


                          Our Plan

                          Work with BCI to reduce fertilizer and pesticide use at the earliest stages of the supply chain and work through our own Screened Chemistry program to identify and remove harmful chemical compounds from our processes.

                          People
                          The Issue

                          Farmers often grow cotton on small plots of land while facing cost, resource and yield challenges that outdated practices cannot meet.


                          Our Plan

                          Work with BCI to help farmers meet the challenges they face by using less water and chemicals while achieving higher yields.

                          Partnerships for Progress
                          Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) - Creating Better Cotton

                          We were one of the first apparel companies to join the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), which trains farmers to farm more efficiently, creating greater outputs (more cotton) with fewer inputs (water and chemicals), which means a smaller environmental footprint and better margins for them. We intend to source 100 percent of our cotton from BCI growers, organic cotton farms, or recycled cotton suppliers by 2020 (we were at 67 percent at the end of 2018). Learn more about BCI.

                          Cottonized Hemp

                          The Levi’s? Wellthread? collaboration with Outerknown features Water<Less® techniques and a single fiber-cotton designed with a future state of closed loop recycling in mind. The 2019 collection features the first-ever commercialized use of “cottonized hemp,” which feels like cotton but uses far less water and land to grow. Learn more.

                          Evrnu

                          We’re partnering with Evrnu to develop denim made from recycled cotton, because jeans crafted with at least 15 percent recycled cotton can save as much water as the entire manufacturing process consumes. It’s a way to harvest cotton from closets rather than fields, and to dramatically reduce our reliance on water. Learn more.

                          Tencel

                          We are experimenting with Tencel, a fabric derived from sustainably sources wood. It has a significantly lower carbon footprint, uses 20 percent less water than cotton and affords a 99.5 closed loop system.

                          Goals
                          100%
                          Better Cotton, organic or recycled cotton by 2020
                          40%
                          Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain by 2025
                          0
                          Discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020
                          200k
                          Implement Worker Well-being with all strategic suppliers, reaching 200,000 workers by 2020
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