Led by World Resources Institute (WRI), the Science Based Targets initiative is developing guidance to support companies across across the apparel and footwear value chain to set ambitious, science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. The guidance applies to retailers, brands, finished goods manufacturers, mills, etc. that are primarily engaged in activities that contribute to the production and sale of apparel and footwear products. The guidance aims to:
Provide clarity on credible approaches to setting science-based targets for operations and value chains;
Increase consistency across companies’ targets in the sector;
Identify barriers for setting SBTs and provide recommendations to address these barriers;
Define and provide examples of best practices; and
Highlight opportunities for companies to collaborate in reducing emissions.
Now Available: Second Draft of Apparel Guidance
A second version of the guidance was released for public comment in November 2018. A summary of key points of feedback was shared in February 2019. The WRI team is incorporating external stakeholder feedback into the current draft of the guidance. As the SBTi updates its target validation criteria annually (the next version is expected in April 2019), the team will ensure that revisions to the criteria are reflected in the guidance.
The team will also seek input from the Apparel and Footwear sector Expert Advisory Group on the final draft of the guidance. In parallel, the final draft will go through WRI’s internal review process. The tentative guidance publication date is June 2019.
While the guidance is under development the Science Based Targets initiative encourages companies in the apparel sector to submit targets for validation if they are ready to do so. The guidance will offer an additional resource in future but should not delay target setting in the interim.
Here are some highlights from the guidance development process:
In September 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, WRI shared the guidance with stakeholders including apparel and footwear suppliers, local brand representatives, and individuals from industry associations.
After incorporating feedback from stakeholders, WRI released a second draft of the guidance for public comment through November 30, 2018.