Climate & Energy Strategy

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (WSI) is committed to mitigating our impact on the environment through our use of materials and energy across manufacturing and production. We measure our emissions across operations, and we continue to seek opportunities to reduce our energy use through renewables, energy-efficient systems and other strategies.

GHG Emissions Reduction

Reducing emissions by increasing efficiency provides us with significant cost savings, a competitive advantage and supports our commitment to reducing our environmental impact. While our revenues have increased, we’ve reduced our carbon intensity year-over-year since 2011.

We measure greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in kilograms per dollars of revenue. Emissions include Scope 1 (direct GHG emissions from fuel consumption), Scope 2 (indirect GHG emissions from purchased electricity, heat and steam) and partial Scope 3 (emissions from business travel). Emissions from stores, data centers, outsourced data services, distribution centers, in-sourced hubs, call centers, corporate offices and owned and leased vehicles are included.

Energy Efficiency

Electricity accounts for most of our Scope 2 (indirect GHG emissions from purchased electricity, heat and steam) energy usage and costs, as well as our emissions. We continue to design and retrofit our stores, offices and distribution centers with energy-efficient LED lighting. This has saved energy and reduced costs across the company. We also use LED bulbs in our consumer lighting products to help customers save energy and money while reducing their carbon footprint.

Low-Impact Materials

Our sourcing and design teams consider the climate impact of raw materials, and we develop plans to mitigate those impacts. WSI has increasingly promoted responsibly sourced wood and cotton for their measurable environmental benefits over conventional materials.

We have committed to using 100% responsibly sourced cotton and 50% responsibly sourced wood by 2021. To achieve these ambitious goals, we use cotton alternatives—such as recycled fiber—and textiles, including fibers certified by:

Responsibly sourced wood includes rediscovered—reclaimed/recycled and orchard wood sourcing—as well as verified legal and low-risk wood for legality (as defined by NEPCon’s Timber Risk Assessments and FSC’s National Risk Assessments). Additional certifications include:

Our climate and energy strategies begin with sustainable design and responsible sourcing, and carry through to production. In our owned and operated facilities, we’ve implemented composting, recycling and landfill diversion programs to reduce waste. Our Sutter Street factory in North Carolina continues to create furniture collections from partially recycled materials, and we collaborate with partners such as Good360 to divert usable products and materials from landfills to nonprofits. We’re currently researching science-based targets while working closely with our suppliers to support their energy and water reduction programs.

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