As a global growth company, Deckers recognizes its responsibility to ensure the health of the environment now and for future generations. We are committeed to seeking and implementing operational efficiencies as we expand our business world-wide.
Energy and Greenhouse Gas
To better identify our energy and greenhouse gas footprint, we analyzed energy usage across our operations. We learned that Deckers’ carbon footprint was most heavily created by the emissions generation by our materials (64%), followed by our manufacturing (19%), and transportation (15%). With this knowlege, we are better equipped to focus our efforts where they will have the most impact — in our products and manufacturing process.
At the manufacturing level, we are encouraging our business partners to track their energy usage. Our goal is that by FY17 we will be able to set objectives for reduction with select Deckers’ partners.
At our corporate headquarters, a LEED certified building, we are implementing focused energy use reduction and the procurement of renewable energy sources.
Deckers offices, distribution centers, and retail stores have implemented waste diversion programs which encourage employees to recycle, compost, print double-sided to save paper, and process electronic payment as opposed to paper invoices.
Each year, Deckers recognizes employees who go beyond their job description to create efficiencies which reduce Deckers’ overall environmental impact. Deckers’ Corporate Responsibility Heroes are honored for thier ingenuity and creativity.
Deckers partners with Good360 and Soles4Souls to recover and repurpose returns and post-consumer shoes. These partnerships divert product that would otherwise be destined for landfill and help to close the loop of our product lifecycle.
Water is an essential element for environmental and human health. It is also a natural resource used in the production of footwear and apparel. It is our responsibility to be mindful of our use of water, and where possible, reduce water usage, educate ourselves and our constituents on water conservation.
Our commitment to water conservation has been demonstrated through charitable gifts to water conservation organizations and at our corporate headquarters through the following LEED performance indicators:
- WEc3: Water Use Reduction
High efficiency dual flush water closets, lavatory faucets, low-flow kitchen faucets and shower heads are projected to use approximately 35% less water than a baseline compliant building in the United States.
- WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
The combination of drought tolerant plants and high efficiency drip irrigation is estimated to use 61% less potable water than a conventional landscape and irrigation design.
- SSc6.2 Stormwater Design Quality Control
The use of bioswales and wetlands is designed to naturally filter 90% of suspended solids from storm water runoff.