Since the start, innovation has been at the core of the Dr. Martens brand and continues to play its role in our products today. We will continue to research and develop more sustainable materials for the future, such as biosynthetic and biodegradable alternatives, while maintaining the DNA of the Dr. Martens brand.
Carbon and climate
Rapid action is needed to respond to the climate crisis. It is a global challenge that already affects us all, and will increasingly do so.
By 2025 we will source certified renewable energy across all our owned and operated facilities, and by 2030 we will be carbon neutral.
We have control over our direct impacts and our proactive approach to the reduction of our carbon emissions has allowed us to take the first steps in our journey to become carbon neutral. For example;
- We have solar panels on our UK Distribution Centre.
- In the UK over 97% of the electricity we use comes from a green tariff.
- We have started to increase the use of LED lighting in our stores and engaging our teams in using heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems effectively.
- We have committed to sourcing certified renewable energy across all our owned and operated facilities by 2025 and being carbon neutral by 2030.
We know we have a part to play that looks beyond our direct impact. As a footwear company, most of our climate impacts lie within our global supply chain. That’s why in addition to our efforts to reduce our direct emissions, we will with our suppliers to achieve our commitment of being carbon neutral by 2030.
We have achieved some initial milestones towards managing our carbon footprint, however we still have a long way to go. This year we will measure our global carbon footprint, including Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, and start planning the emission reduction initiatives across our global operations.
Check out the Carbon section of our Sustainability Report for more information.
Global supply chain
Our global supply chain consists of manufacturing sites and distribution centres. As well as manufacturing our products in the UK, most of our footwear and accessories are produced in the factories of our trusted partners in eight countries across Europe and Asia. We also map and nominate our key material and component suppliers.
This disclosure accounts for a significant proportion of our Tier 1 footwear suppliers and is reviewed and updated annually.
To learn more about our CSR programme in our supply chain, read the CSR section in our annual report, or visit our Treat people responsibly page.
Supplier environmental standards
Our Environmental Standards set out our expectations for our suppliers’ environmental management. We monitor our key suppliers against these standards and their environmental performance through our ongoing supplier monitoring programme. We also monitor our key suppliers’ energy, water, waste and chemicals use on a quarterly basis.
RSL and Chemical management
Restricted substances are chemicals and substances which have been banned or restricted for various reasons such as health and safety and environmental concerns. The purpose of a restricted substances list (RSL) is to reduce the use of hazardous substances in the supply chain. Testing methods are used to verify if a chemical is present and if so, ensure it is below the restricted level.
Dr. Martens General Material Requirement Policy (GMRP) is part of Dr. Martens RSL programme and is key to ensuring that our products comply with all relevant product safety legislation and requirements. The GMRP is shared with and signed by our Tier 1 and key Tier 2 suppliers each year. It is reviewed and updated annually and is aligned with the legal testing requirements in all our operational regions (UK, EU, US, China, Japan and Korea) including REACH legislation and California Proposition 65, which is considered the most stringent chemicals legislation worldwide. We are committed to continuing to be compliant with the tightest chemical regulations identified worldwide through a best practice chemical management system.
We use third-party testing labs to test products against the highest applicable requirements for the markets they are sold into. All of the testing labs we work with are pre-approved by Dr. Martens so we only work with trusted testing partners. Every new material and component type in our products goes through a rigorous testing programme each season to ensure it is compliant. Random products are selected from the production line by Dr Martens Quality and Compliance team. As well as a comprehensive testing programme for our components and raw materials, we also carry out seasonal rip down (finished product) testing, where products are shredded and the individual components tested. If a product or material should fail a test for compliance reasons, an investigation is launched immediately to remediate the failure.