A solar panel array in Visalia, Calif., one of The North Face's current sustainability initiatives.
The North Face has joined Ceres, a leading network of investors, environmental groups and other public interest organizations working with businesses to address sustainability challenges. The brand will collaborate with Ceres to improve sustainability performance and reporting practices while engaging with environmental groups, investors and other stakeholders.
With its focus on the wellbeing of the planet and those exploring it, sustainability is a natural core value for The North Face. In 2007, the brand took steps to further demonstrate its commitment to sustainability by formally developing a strategy to evaluate and measure the environmental and social impacts of all its business operations.
"Joining the Ceres Network is a great collaboration for The North Face," said Steve Rendle, President of The North Face and VF Corporation's Outdoor Americas Coalition. "After conducting a baseline assessment of our major environmental and social impacts, we created a comprehensive sustainability strategy that focuses on energy and climate change, elimination of operational waste, sustainable product design and community engagement."
In 2010, The North Face will continue its work to formalize its strategy and goals through the engagement of external stakeholders. Some of the brand's existing sustainability efforts include:
"The North Face has taken some important steps, including improving the sustainability of its products and operations, as well as advocating for comprehensive climate and energy policy in the U.S. and internationally," said Mindy Lubber, President of Ceres. "Ceres is looking forward to helping The North Face take the next steps necessary to further integrate sustainability into its business strategies by engaging with stakeholders and publishing its first sustainability report."