Fashion footwear company Aldo Group is extending its sustainable commitment by investing in a nature-based project that supports biodiversity.
In 2018, Aldo became certified climate neutral for its corporate stores, offices and distribution centers. In 2019, the company reinforced its environmental commitment by also having e-commerce shipments and product transportation certified climate neutral. Now, the company carries forward its sustainability journey by continuing to reduce its net emissions and compensating the unavoidable ones through a combination of nature-based forest conservation and clean energy projects.
For the third consecutive year, it received its climate neutral company certification from South Pole, a provider of global sustainability solutions and services with a transparent and rigorous certification process.
”We’re thrilled to see the Aldo Group choosing to become a carbon neutral company,” Renat Heuberger, CEO of South Pole, said. “The Aldo Group is truly a leader in the industry and their proactive approach to support projects that reduce emissions will undoubtedly inspire others to follow suit, turning climate ambition into climate action.”
By purchasing carbon credits from high-impact emission reduction initiatives, Aldo is supporting clean energy projects such as solar power, wind energy and waste-to-energy in India and China, as well as a nature-based forest conservation project in the Amazon basin. All carbon credits are sourced from certified projects, ensuring the investment will make the greatest impact.
“The Aldo Group is dedicated to maintaining its commitment to building a low-carbon future,” David Bensadoun, CEO of Aldo Group, said. “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished since our first climate neutral certification in 2018. It’s taken us many years of analysis, research and action to get to where we are today, but we know there’s still much work to be done.”
Aldo Group has steadily reduced its emissions by improving the energy efficiency of its stores and corporate offices, reducing emissions from product transportation and shipments, introducing sustainable materials with a lower footprint, phasing out single-use shopping bags and working with suppliers and industry partners to decarbonize the supply chain.
Having achieved significant reductions for its operations’ emissions over the past seven years, the company sees a necessary shift in its sustainability projects. It is now scaling up its carbon reduction objectives to address its most material issues, from waste management and its positive impact on local communities to teaming up with partners to improve their social and environmental footprint and promoting diversity and inclusion.
After recently launching its first sustainable fashion footwear and accessories collections under brands Aldo and Call It Spring, the company aims to continue introducing more innovative low impact materials for its brands. The company’s long-term plan will also imply perpetuating collaborations with trusted partners to remain accountable of its progress and commit to its set goals.