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Apparel and Footwear Sector Science-Based Targets Guidance

The greenhouse gas emissions of the global apparel and footwear sector are significant and likely to grow. Given the environmental and business implications of increasing global emissions, companies in the sector should actively pursue a comprehensive strategy to limit their climate impacts and ensure their GHG reduction targets are in line with what the latest climate science says is necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

While many apparel and footwear companies are motivated to do their part to prevent catastrophic climate change, emissions along the value chain (scope 3 emissions) are significant for brands and retailers, and companies face numerous hurdles to address them.

This guidance provides recommendations for companies in the sector—including retailers, brands, finished goods manufacturers, and mills—to set science-based targets, and provides case studies on best practices in target setting and strategies for achieving reductions.

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