Skechers Announces Global Partnership With the Nature Conservancy and Launches Our Planet Matters Recycled Collection
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Skechers USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), The Comfort Technology Company™, announced that the brand is partnering with global environmental nonprofit The Nature Conservancy through a multi-year commitment, contributing a minimum of $800,000 to help the organization achieve its mission to protect our world’s lands and waters. In addition, Skechers has created Our Planet Matters, a new collection of sustainable men’s, women’s, and children’s product which utilizes recycled materials in its designs to help reduce the Company’s environmental impact.
Skechers is partnering for a purpose: teaming up with The Nature Conservancy to protect the world's lands and waters as it launches its Our Planet Matters sustainable collection. (Photo: Business Wire)
The Our Planet Matters offering contains materials such as recycled cotton, polyester, rubber, EVA and TPU, as well as durable designs and washable technologies to extend the life of the product. The recycled contents of each style will be featured on packaging and hangtags to provide consumers with detailed knowledge of Our Planet Matters products at the time of purchase.
“As a global lifestyle brand, we have a wonderful opportunity to encourage consumers of every age to become more environmentally conscious in their daily lives. And Our Planet Matters is a natural step in that direction,” said Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers. “These styles enable people of all ages to wear many of our popular designs in recycled materials—an easy, practical way to start helping our planet. From Our Planet Matters to partnering for a purpose alongside The Nature Conservancy, we look forward to improving our sustainability as we find new ways to innovate our business operations and our next generation of product.”
“We are facing a climate and biodiversity crisis and the window to act is closing quickly. Each one of us has the power to make real change happen, one small step at a time. Together with partners like Skechers, we can inspire millions of people around the world to take action for the planet, because our lives depend on it,” said Jennifer Hoyer, global director of Cause Marketing & Brand Partnerships for The Nature Conservancy. “We are grateful to work alongside a partner like Skechers, with a history of helping families impacted by hurricanes, fires and other natural disasters—many of which continue to increase due to our changing climate. Our Planet Matters shoes provide environmentally conscious supporters with an option to help protect our planet.”
Skechers’ partnership with The Nature Conservancy will help fund the organization’s mission, which encompasses global efforts such as reforestation initiatives that align with the Company’s longstanding commitment to reducing tree harvesting and emissions through packaging. A 2020 Sourcing Journal Sustaining Voices honoree, Skechers utilizes recyclable cartons at its factories and distribution centers and environmentally friendly packaging materials for its products, from the exclusive use of soy- and water-based ink and recyclable foot forms and tissue paper, to a ninety-nine percent reduction in plastic since 2016. Ninety-nine percent of Skechers’ shoeboxes meet the FSC® standard for responsible sources, and the Company regularly ensures that its materials are FSC®-certified, recycled or ethically harvested.
With an eye on reducing its carbon footprint, Skechers has made its environmental advancements a top priority at its corporate facilities—building LEED-Certified Gold distribution centers in North America and Europe, along with its expanding headquarters in Manhattan Beach. At its two key Corporate Headquarters in Manhattan Beach, the Company uses 30 and 48 percent of its energy from the sun—with up to 34 percent of solar energy use anticipated on Skechers’ upcoming buildings. The Company also plans to expand its Corporate Headquarters as LEED-Certified Gold facilities.
For more information on Skechers’ environmental initiatives, please visit about.skechers.com/sustainability.
About SKECHERS USA, Inc.
Skechers, The Comfort Technology Company based in Southern California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle and performance footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The Company’s collections are available in the United States and over 170 countries and territories via department and specialty stores, and direct to consumers through 4,170 Company- and third-party-owned retail stores and e-commerce websites. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, Israel and Mexico, and wholly-owned subsidiaries in Canada, Japan, India, Europe and Latin America. For more information, please visit about.skechers.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.
About The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 75 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 38 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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Released Nov 30, 2021 • 9:00 am EST