Commitment to Action

Measuring Supply Chain Impacts on Land Use and Biodiversity

Commitment by

Patagonia Works

In 2013, Patagonia committed to building out the land use and biodiversity categories to be included in a future version of the Higg Index, a project of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. This will expand the Higg Index to be the most comprehensive and robust environmental impact measurement tool in the apparel and footwear industry. Patagonia will pilot the land use and biodiversity categories throughout their supply chain to measure and manage key impacts on ecosystem health. As many indicators of the health of our planet continue to decline, including measures of biodiversity, Patagonia recognizes that this is, in part, an effect of the production of consumer goods on the planet's limited natural capital and ecosystem services. In partnership with the University of California Santa Barbara's Bren School, Patagonia will assess the impacts of land use on biodiversity for four Patagonia T-shirts made from different materials: wool, polyester, organic cotton, and lyocell. These materials each have a different supply chain with different land use requirements. In addition to looking at a range of materials and ecosystem services, this commitment will analyze impacts across various geographic regions. By measuring the impact that supply chains have on biodiversity in different regions of the world, Patagonia and other companies can make more informed decisions that lead to less strain on natural systems.

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Commitment

Measuring Supply Chain Impacts on Land Use and Biodiversity

Launched

2013

Est. Duration

2 years

Estimated Total Value

$50,000

Region

Latin America & Caribbean, Asia

Countries

ARGENTINA, CHILE, CHINA, EL SALVADOR, MEXICO, NETHERLANDS, SOUTH AFRICA, South Korea, SRI LANKA, THAILAND

Commitment by

Patagonia Works

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

University of California, Santa Barbara