Coach Responsibility - Our Planet
Today, we stand behind the promise that our stuff is made to look good, wear beautifully, and to last for a (very) long time. Which is good news not only for you, but for the planet, too. So, wear it, love it, pass it on. Feels good, doesn’t it?
Coach and its Tapestry family are proud to be named one of Barron’s 2020 Most Sustainable Companies in America. Learn more about these rankings here.
In 2018, Tapestry signed the United Nations Global Compact, a corporate sustainability initiative that aligns businesses, strategies and operations with ten principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Learn more about the initiative here.
From sourcing the finest materials to artisanal craft techniques and rigorous quality testing, we adhere to a set of quality standards that ensure our products are not only beautiful, but made to last a long time.
We don’t just care about how leather looks. We care about its impact, too. We are proud that, in 2019, we sourced 63 percent of our leathers from Leather Working Group Gold- and Silver-rated tanneries. (This is the highest environmental standard in the industry for leather-making). Learn more about the tanneries we work with and the Leather Working Group’s rating system under Our Processes and Partners.
We have a goal to source 90 percent of our Tapestry family leathers from Gold- and Silver-rated tanneries by 2025.
OUR QUALITY STANDARDS
Each time we create leather for our products, we rigorously test it for color fastness, light fastness, abrasion resistance and other metrics—in addition to wear and compliance testing—to ensure it’s truly made to last.
It’s this special combination of uniformity, color, durability, suppleness and natural character that distinguishes our leathers.
We select only the highest quality fabrics and materials for our bags—sourced from select textile mills that specialize in high quality fabrics.
Our bags undergo some of the most rigorous quality tests before they meet our customers. As well as those mentioned above, we also test construction strength—did you know our bag straps are weight-tested?
CARE AND CUSTOMISATION
Complimentary Lifetime Leather Care
You can also care for your leather at home by purchasing our leather cleaner. (The fine print will tell you which leathers can be cleaned safely, or contact your local store).
Read more about our leather care here.
Another way to give your bag, wallet or sneakers a makeover: Coach Create, our design-it-yourself customisation service. Add embellishments or a monogram (and more). Try it now in stores or online here.
We’re a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a collaboration between 250+ brands in the fashion industry.
The Leather Working Group
In 2019, 63 percent of our leather was sourced from LWG Gold and Silver-rated tanneries. By 2025, our goal is 90 percent.
The Leather Working Group is a nonprofit organization of brands, craftspeople, suppliers, traders and experts who work with leather, brought together with a shared goal of improving the leather industry’s impact on the environment.
Through their best-in-class system, they score tanneries based on (very important) things like waste, energy, water and chemical management and traceability.
Learn more about the LWG here.
By 2025, we’ve committed to 95 percent traceability and mapping of our raw materials to ensure a transparent and responsible supply chain. This will enable us to make informed and responsible choices about whom we work with.
Our Code of Conduct
Currently, every supplier we work with is expected to meet our Supplier Code of Conduct. We strategically conduct audits to ensure these standards are met.
MEASURING OUR IMPACT
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition
The SAC has created the Higg Index, which measures sustainability performance across products, stores, offices and supply chain. We are currently using the Higg Index tools to measure ours and hope to share progress in the future.
Green Building Certification
The ratings look at things like water and energy efficiency and emissions, recycling and waste management, the quality of the indoor environment, design innovation and more.
To learn more about how we earned this rating, read here and here.
OUR DISTRIBUTION CENTER
Green Building Certification
Our distribution center in Jacksonville, Florida, earned a LEED Silver Certification. For more about this certification, and LEED, read more under “Our Headquarters.”
In 2019, 92 percent of the waste that came from our Distribution Center in Jacksonville, Florida was kept out of landfills through a robust recycling program.
We are committed to making our stores as energy-efficient as possible. For example, in every retrofit of our stores, we install LED bulbs in our fixtures and overhead lighting—which uses about 60 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. And using less energy is important to us: our Tapestry family set a goal to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2025.
Our headquarters at 10 Hudson Yardsis the first commercial office building in New York to have earned a LEED Platinum certification.