RESPONSIBILITY: A TOP PRIORITY FOR OUR BUSINESS

We are contributing to environmental and social wellbeing because it’s the right thing to do AND a top priority for our business. Our planet depends on it. Society depends on it. And we depend on it.

OUR SUSTAINABILITY PRINCIPLES

SCIENCE - TRANSPARENCY - COOPERATION

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SCIENCE

To address today’s most important sustainability issues, we need to take clear and committed actions to reduce our impacts and provide added value through innovation. Science has always been our guiding principle. Fact-based knowledge allows us to make the right decisions and work on issues that matter. Understanding a product’s lifecycle environmental footprint from cradle to grave – helps us focus on issues that matter. Our Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) findings demonstrate the most effective way to reduce the environmental footprint of a product is to enhance their lifespan.

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TRANSPARENCY

Transparency guides the way we operate and build trust with our customers, partners and end consumers. We are committed to sharing openly and honestly – what we are working on, what we have achieved and where we still need to work further. Transparency is a journey we’ve committed to and there’s significant untapped potential ahead of us. Wherever possible, we already have ISO 14001 and bluesign® system partner accreditation across our fabrics plants and we are working to increase the number of products where industry tools – such as the Higg index – and credible third-party standards – ISO 14001, Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® and bluesign®

COOPERATION

To help shift the functional apparel industry toward a more sustainable future, we must collaborate and cooperate. As an ingredient brand, the GORE-TEX brand plays a unique role with visibility all along the value chain. We are committed to working closely with our partners – key customers and suppliers as well as relevant industry organizations – to achieve our sustainability goals and empower them to achieve theirs. For example, Gore is a co-founding partner of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). Learn more about all our partnerships.

UN Sustainable Development Goals
PROGRESSING ON THE GLOBAL GOALS

CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION

Explanation Ensure availability and sustainable management of water, improving quality by reducing pollution and hazardous chemicals. Related sustainability strategy of the Gore Fabrics Division Reducing chemical impacts

DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Explanation Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, productive employment and decent work for all. Related sustainability strategy of the Gore Fabrics Division Commitment to Fairness and Responsibility Promoting fair labor practices & safe working conditions Improving Societal Impacts

INDUSTRY, INNOVATION & INFRASTRUCTURE

Explanation Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and infrastructure, fostering innovation for social good. Related sustainability strategy of the Gore Fabrics Division Innovating for a sustainable future

RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION & PRODUCTION

Explanation Ensure products are produced sustainably and that people use products responsibly, caring for our planet´s resources. Related sustainability strategy of the Gore Fabrics Division Prolonging product life Enhancing resource efficiency

CLIMATE ACTION

Explanation Take actions to reduce climate change and strengthen climate resilience globally. Related sustainability strategy of the Gore Fabrics Division Reducing contribution to climate change

LIFE BELOW WATER

Explanation Protect natural water resources and life underwater, preventing and significantly reducing marine pollution of all kinds. Related sustainability strategy of the Gore Fabrics Division Mitigating water impacts
Reporting

To promote transparency and foster an inclusive, collaborative culture, every year we produce and share an update on our environmental and social initiatives, goals and progress. With our Gore Fabrics Division Responsibility Updates, we aim to involve all our stakeholders on this important journey towards the sustainable performance of our company, its products, and the well-being of our people.

Responsibility updates

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ALIGNING WITH THE GORE ENTERPRISE VISION

The commitments of Gore's Fabrics Division and its GORE-TEX brand are evidence of the Gore Enterprise focus on sustainability, embodied in the Gore brand promise, "Together, improving life".