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Our Sustainablility Journey

We joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in 2016, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with over 9,500 participating companies. Joining shows our commitment to conducting business with the utmost respect for universal principles around human rights, labor standards, responsible environmental practices, and anti-corruption. This partnership requires an annual statement of progress (our Corporate Responsibility Report), which we believe sets us apart from others in our industry.

We have also adopted our own set of sustainable development goals, 7 By 2027, which focus on categories where we believe we can make the most impact – Waste, Water, Materials, Chemicals, Climate & Clean Energy, Human Rights, and Gender Equality & Quality Education. Our Sustainable Development Goals are guardrails of our program, and they help keep us focused on making a difference.

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(relates to SDG 12, 15)

Seek sustainable alternatives for key materials, sourcing at least 90% from suppliers certified by third party benchmarking organizations.

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(relates to SDG 7, 12, 13)

Substantially reduce waste generation among key factory partners by 50% through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

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(relates to SDG 6)

Reduce consumption and improve quality. Ensure 90% of our core factory/supplier partners apply industry best practice on water treatment and usage.

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Gender Equality/Reduced Inequalities/Quality Education

(relates to SDG 4, 5, 10)

Promote diversity, gender equality, female empowerment, and inclusion for all.

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(relates to SDG 3, 6)

Achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and reduce the discharge of hazardous chemicals among our key factory/supplier partners by 50% to minimize adverse impact on human health and the environment.

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Climate & Clean Energy

(relates to SDG 7, 12, and 13)

Reduce energy consumption and integrate climate change measures into our policies and planning, including the installation of solar panels at all our California non-retail facilities.

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Human Rights

(relates to SDG 3, 4, 5, 10)

Embed Human Rights across our operations and supply chain. Positively impact the communities where we operate.

Although UGG contributes to all 7 By 2027 goals, it focuses on two – Reduced Inequalities (Gender Equality & Quality Education and Human Rights) and Responsible Consumption (Materials, Waste, and Climate & Clean Energy).

For more information, please contact the Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Department at