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Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 07/23/2017

SOLAR PRODUCTION204.7MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
32,566 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 158.7 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
25,239 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $21,905 DOLLARS SAVED
$3,484,544 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 343,926 MILES NOT DRIVEN
54,710,600 YTD

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2/3/2016

An Update on Macy’s and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

POSTED UNDER Partnerships & Awards

In August of 2014, we reported on Macy’s Merchandising Group (MMG) joining the ranks of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). We’re happy to update what’s happened since joining!

So what is the Sustainable Apparel Coalition? To give you some background, the SAC works to reduce the environmental and social impacts of the clothing industry around the world. Its vision is of an apparel, footwear and home textiles industry that produces no unnecessary environmental harm and has a positive impact on the people and communities associated with its activities.

How does the SAC plan to make this vision a reality? Through:

  • Supply chain transparency
  • Pioneering assessment tools
  • System-wide collaboration

Macy’s joined the SAC in 2014, and since that time, Macy’s Merchandising Group (MMG) has taken the lead to investigate the supply chain for our Private Label brands.

The first step was to partner with SAC and utilize its Higg Index questionnaire to gather data from the supply chain (mills and factories) for our Private Label brands. The questionnaire is very extensive, and asks for information about resources, materials, water and energy usage. With the first round of questionnaires, data was collected from more than 77 factories and mills!

All of the information is self-reported by the factories and mills, and often not complete. Currently, MMG is in the process of reviewing and verifying that data, requesting support documentation when needed. The next step for Macy’s is to continue to reach out to even more factories and mills.

As Macy’s relationship with SAC continues, MMG has developed these goals going forward.

  1. First and foremost, continue to gain more insight into how the mills and factories we work with operate, especially in terms of environmental impact by validating and leveraging the data from the Higg Index.
  2. In addition to creating more transparency, we want to find ways to drive year–over-year improvements. As we get a more complete picture of the supply chain, we can look to improve our own processes through practices such as the Sustainable Packaging Initiative.

Striving for transparency in the apparel industry’s supply chain is no easy feat. It’s a mountain to climb. MMG has started the ascent and has carved out a tangible path for its next steps with the SAC. Stay tuned for further updates on this exciting partnership!