Timberland announces its Q1 2015 CSR performance

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STRATHAM, N.H.  – June 3, 2015

Highlights from this quarter’unnameds performance are as follows, organized by Timberland’s four CSR Pillars: Factories, Climate, Product, and Service.

More detailed performance data and analysis can be found on the Goals & Progress section of Timberland’s Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) website, http://responsibility.timberland.com.

FACTORIES:  Of the 350 active factories at the end of Q1, 31% are rated Accepted, which is slightly lower than our Q4 result.  For a complete factory list, visit the factories section of our Responsbility site.  For more about VF’s Compliance audit process click here.

In 2015, we will be transitioning the measurement of suppliers’ environmental and social/labor management to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Index, consistent with our parent company, VF Corporation.  To have the greatest impact on VF’s supply chain as a whole, the focus will be on the top 250 suppliers across all VF brands.  In the coming quarters, we will be reporting on Timberland’s highest producing factories and their scores on the Higg Index.

CLIMATE: Since the transition to our parent company’s energy reporting structure, there is a significant delay in obtaining quarterly data of our greenhouse gas emissions and our use of renewable energy. We therefore are now reporting these numbers externally on a yearly basis, in conjuction with our Q2 reporting.

PRODUCT: Our global average grams of  volatile organic compounds used in footwear production is 49 grams per pair, which is even with our result from the same period last year; and our use of ROR in apparel was roughly 23.2% of total textile weight.  With respect to leather sourcing, 99.7% of Timberland’s leather volume came from tanneries scoring Silver or Gold in their Leather Working Group (“LWG”) audit.

SERVICE: Timberland employees served 19,148 hours year to date, a 85.6% increase over the same period last year. YTD Hours Utilization Rate (the percentage of employee service hours used compared to the total available hours according to our Path of ServiceTM program) during Q1 2015 increased to 7.6% vs. 4.4% in Q1 2014. Our Benefit Utilization Rate (the percentage of employees who serve at least one hour) YTD increased from 18.1% in Q1 2014 to 34% in Q1 2015.

Timberland, a brand of VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC), is a global leader in the design, engineering and marketing of premium-quality footwear, apparel and accessories for consumers who value the outdoors and their time in it. Timberland markets products under the Timberland®, Timberland PRO®, and Timberland Boot Company® brands, all of which offer quality workmanship and detailing and are built to withstand the elements of nature. Timberland® products are sold throughout the world in leading department and specialty stores as well as company-owned retail locations and online. Timberland’s dedication to making quality products is matched by its commitment to “doing well and doing good” — forging powerful partnerships among employees, consumers and service partners to transform the communities in which they live and work. To learn more about Timberland, please visit www.timberland.com.
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