Caleres released an update on Thursday detailing its progress towards the company’s ambitious environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals for 2025 that it unveiled last year.
In its 2021 Impact Report, Caleres said it had already achieved its goal of 100% of its own brands’ shoeboxes now using environmentally friendly materials. The St. Louis-based company also said more than 96% of Caleres’ strategic factories are now compliant with its enhanced labor standards, well ahead of the pace to reach 100% by 2025.
Along with these achievements, Caleres reported reducing its energy consumption by more than 14% in its distribution centers and its own retail stores; 52% of its products now use environmentally friendly materials; and that it had recovered, recycled or refurbished 90,000 pairs of shoes by 2021, meeting its annual goal.
“Since we launched our 2025 ESG Goals last year, they have guided how we approach our work across the company and our associates have embraced the responsibility we have to make a difference,” said Diane Sullivan. , president and CEO of Caleres in a press release. “We are pleased to share the progress Caleres has made against these commitments, many of which are on track to be achieved ahead of schedule.”
Caleres also disclosed that it advanced its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) efforts in 2021 by introducing DE&I-related goal setting, implementing new education and training. for Associates, reinforcing the company’s focus on recruiting diverse candidates and establishing DE&I goals focused on Associate Community Resource Groups.
Additionally, the report also shed light on the company’s charitable donations. In 2022, Caleres announced that it would be partnering with Soles4Souls through a million dollar commitment focused on its 4EveryKid shoe program. Caleres said she will also continue to support the Two Ten Footwear Foundation, having donated $150,000 to Two Ten in 2021 through her Caleres Cares Charitable Trust. The associates donated an additional $12,500 through an employee giving campaign.
These donations are in addition to the 141,000 items Caleres donated in 2021. The company said it donated 102,559 pairs of shoes, backpacks and masks to the Ticket to Dream Foundation to support young adoptees; 34,908 pairs at Soles4Souls; and 4,243 pairs to other causes, including the Fashion Footwear Association of New York’s (FFANY) Shoes on Sale event to benefit breast cancer research.
Read the full report here.