The Science Based Targets initiative is developing sector guidance to set targets for the apparel and footwear sector. The scope is for life cycle emissions. This guidance will provide best practices for setting science-based targets and scope 3 targets for companies in the apparel, textiles and footwear sectors.

The sector specific guidance will cover:

  • Defining the business case
  • How to collect and calculate scope 3 inventory data to enable tracking progress
  • How to choose and apply the various science-based target methods
  • Shaping science-based scope 1 and scope 2 targets (for direct emissions and purchased electricity) and ambitious scope 3 targets (for value chain emissions)
  • Case studies on best practices for setting emissions targets
  • Engaging with suppliers to drive scope 3 emissions reductions

WRI will be the primary author of the guidance, and apparel companies and other relevant stakeholders will provide input at key milestones. The project commenced with a scoping phase in June 2017 to collect input from stakeholders on the key issues that need to be addressed in the guidance.

See slides from the launch webinar and sign up to join the Stakeholder Advisory Group and our team of expert advisors.

A first draft of the guidance was made available for public comment in May 2018. WRI hosted a webinar to share key elements of the guidance on May 31. Download slides and view a recording of the webinar.

The comment period closed June 8. We gathered feedback on the first draft from different stakeholders in the sector through an SBT guidance workshop and an online survey. Please see summary of public comments here.   

Further opportunities for stakeholder consultation (e.g. webinars and workshops) will be offered during the course of 2018. While the guidance is under development the Science Based Targets initiative encourages companies in the apparel sector to still submit targets for validation if they are ready to do so. The guidance will offer an additional resource in future but does not need to delay target setting in the interim.

Cynthia Cummis, Director of Private Sector Climate Mitigation, WRI [email protected]

Nate Aden, Senior Fellow, WRI [email protected]