W. L. Gore & Associates has released a new Sustainability Framework for its Gore Fabrics Division. The framework reflects the evolution of the company’s sustainability strategy and provides a cohesive, tangible expression of the company’s diverse and long-term commitment. In particular, it demonstrates Gore’s commitment to protecting people and the environment, prolonging the life of its products and improving the well-being of their users, and specific performance for individuals, society, business as well as the environment.
A central element of the strategy is Gore’s science-based goal of significantly reducing absolute CO2 emissions by 2030 and working towards CO2 neutrality by 2050. The Fabrics Division’s ambitious CO2 reduction targets for its Gore-Tex brand are in line with the requirements of the Paris Climate Convention of 2015, which calls for global warming to be reduced to well below two degrees Celsius.
Gore’s new Sustainability Framework is driven by global trends and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (UN SDGs). In terms of content, the Framework reflects Gore’s clear commitment and ongoing efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of its products and business activities on our planet and to maximize the social value that the company creates through its innovations.
To achieve its goals, which decouple economic growth and its impact on the environment, the Gore-Tex brand defines measures in three key areas: Reduction of energy consumption in Gore-Tex production plants and increased use of renewable energy; improving product design through the use of materials that have the right mix of durable performance and low environmental footprint, but also ensure product performance; and working with suppliers to reduce CO2 emissions in their factories, for example by switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy or increasing energy efficiency.
Gore-Tex is a long-standing member of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and actively supports its Climate Action Corps, a program that promotes joint measures to reduce CO2 emissions from the outdoor industry.