Leaving a Light Footprint We aspire to lead the industry in protecting our planet for future generations. The world and the fashion industry are at a pivotal moment. With our planet facing threats like climate change, it’s time to take a look at our supply chains and commit to doing things differently. That’s why Fossil Group is joining the movement towards more responsible practices that go beyond being “less bad” to creating a net positive impact. We’ve worked with industry experts to identify hotspots in our supply chain and opportunities to lighten our footprint. Big change won’t happen overnight, but we’ll share our progress every step of the way. Leaving a Light Footprint We aspire to lead the industry in protecting our planet for future generations. The world and the fashion industry are at a pivotal moment. With our planet facing threats like climate change, it’s time to take a look at our supply chains and commit to doing things differently. That’s why Fossil Group is joining the movement towards more responsible practices that go beyond being “less bad” to creating a net positive impact. We’ve worked with industry experts to identify hotspots in our supply chain and opportunities to lighten our footprint. Big change won’t happen overnight, but we’ll share our progress every step of the way.

Our Strategy

We’re taking action to combat climate change, drive significant water and waste reductions, and provide transparency around chemicals.

Our Strategy

We’re taking action to combat climate change, drive significant water and waste reductions, and provide transparency around chemicals.

2025 Goal

Reduce water consumption for leather tanning by 45% (versus a 2019 baseline)

2030 Goal

Eliminate virgin plastics use across our supply chain

2030 Goal

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% (versus a 2015 baseline)

A Forward-Looking Fossil Group

Explore how we’re working to leave a lighter footprint through every step of our value chain:

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Raw Materials

We aspire to design the world’s most sustainable watches and accessories, which starts with the materials that go into them. Our pro-planet criteria guides us in integrating more sustainable materials into every product – such as recycled steel and bio-based plastics. We have commited to design and produce 100% of our products to meet our pro-planet criteria by 2025.

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Leather Tanning

Because leather tanning is a particular hotspot in our supply chain, we partnered with the Leather Working Group to source from responsible tanneries. Additionally, by the end of 2020, we aim to have 40% of leathers products made from Litehide, leather that has undergone resource-efficient raw materials processing that significantly reduces water consumption, wastewater pollution, CO2 emissions, and waste.

Leather Tanning

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Chemicals

Our approach to chemicals is grounded in ensuring compliance with global laws and regulations as well as protecting the health and safety of our employees, consumers and the environment. We comply with global regulations for safe levels of substances of highest concern in our products, including, but not limited to, REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals), RoHs (Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive 2011/65/EU) and California Proposition 65.

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Owned Operations

We’re shrinking our carbon footprint by implementing clean energy and efficiency projects at our offices, retail, warehouses and other owned facilities. In 2019, we responded to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) to track, assess, and report on our carbon footprint. Today, we're expanding our sourcing of renewable energy, improving efficiency by implementing smart meter solutions and energy and implementing energy efficiency initiatives such as LED lamp replacement at office spaces, retail, and warehouses.

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Packaging

Packaging accounts for approximately 40% of our carbon footprint of the raw materials we procure. To reduce this number, we’re transitioning to 100% circular primary packaging by 2025, which for us means packaging that is recyclable or reusable. We’re also focused on using 100% recycled content packaging materials as well as paper that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). As a first step we look to optimise our packaging by stripping out any unnecessary packaging, which not only reduces the materials used but also the weight of the packaging (which translates into reduced transportation emissions). We’re also exploring more innovative materials that allow for even greater impact such as regenerative materials.

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Transportation and Distribution

The majority of our corporate footprint can be attributed to Scope 3 emissions, which includes downstream transportation and distribution (accounting for approximately one fifth of our emissions), among other impact areas. We’re optimizing efficiencies in logistics and transportation to minimize our environmental impacts. We are currently focused on tracking, tracing, and reducing emissions.


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Product Use, Take-Back and Refurbishment Program

Our design team aims to create beautiful pieces with longevity in mind. By using high-quality materials that endure everyday wear and tear, our products can be cherished and preserved for a long time. And when they’re no longer wanted, we still have a responsibility to ensure that our products – and the precious raw materials in them – don’t end up as waste. Our refurbishment program gives old products new life. We’re also developing a global product takeback program to turn materials in old products into something new for someone else to enjoy.


Reducing the Impact of Leather

With the demand for leather increasing worldwide, the industry has made significant progress to improve age-old techniques that negatively impact our environment. One of these improvements is Litehide, leather that has undergone resource-efficient raw materials processing that significantly reduces water consumption, wastewater pollution, CO2 emissions, and waste.

How It Works:

Hides are traditionally preserved using an enormous amount of salt before being transported, which decreases the number of hides that can be shipped in a single container and increases the amount of water needed to clean them before tanning. Litehide technology preserves hides without salt, resulting in:

60% reduction in the amount of fresh water used

70% less dissolved solids in waste water

Reduced carbon emissions for shipping


We are the first company to commercialize Litehide and are committed to working with organizations like the Leather Working Group to source from responsible tanneries. Our goal is for 40% of our leather products to be made from Litehide by the end of 2020.

High-quality materials such as steel, leather, and silver give watches and accessories the sleek look people love. But while they look beautiful, they can potentially have a large environmental impact, which is why half of our carbon footprint is related to raw materials and packaging (as advised by a third party carbon footprint analysis). As we lighten our footprint across our supply chain, we’re taking a “less is more” approach to design — creating products in ways that require less raw materials, less water, less chemicals, and less waste. To do this, our design team is working to optimize higher-impact materials, while introducing alternative materials such as ocean-bound plastics, recycled steel, and plant-based leather alternatives. Learn More → How We'll Get There Designing with the planet in mind How We'll Get There Designing with the planet in mind High-quality materials such as steel, leather, and silver give watches and accessories the sleek look people love. But while they look beautiful, they can potentially have a large environmental impact, which is why half of our carbon footprint is related to raw materials and packaging (as advised by a third party carbon footprint analysis). As we lighten our footprint across our supply chain, we’re taking a “less is more” approach to design — creating products in ways that require less raw materials, less water, less chemicals, and less waste. To do this, our design team is working to optimize higher-impact materials, while introducing alternative materials such as ocean-bound plastics, recycled steel, and plant-based leather alternatives. Learn more → #tide Ocean Plastic Our goal is to eliminate the use of virgin plastic from our supply chain by 2030. We recognize that this is an ambitious target that requires innovation, partnerships, and additional engagement with our suppliers to reduce new plastic usage in logistics packaging.

As part of our strategy, we’re exploring ways to utilize recycled ocean-bound plastic for watch movement holders, cases, bag linings, straps, and packaging. Stay tuned for more updates.
How We'll Get There Turning the tide on plastic How We'll Get There Turning the tide on plastic Our goal is to eliminate the use of virgin plastic from our supply chain by 2030. We recognize that this is an ambitious target that requires innovation, partnerships, and additional engagement with our suppliers to reduce new plastic usage in logistics packaging.

As part of our strategy, we’re exploring ways to utilize recycled ocean-bound plastic for watch movement holders, cases, bag linings, straps, and packaging. Stay tuned for more updates.
Our goal is to transition to 100% circular primary packaging by 2025. This means using packaging that can be reused or recycled. As members of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s How2Recycle Program, we aim to inform consumers on how to recycle our packaging properly, which we hope will lead to less waste in our landfills, oceans, and communities. How We'll Get There Closing the loop on packaging How We'll Get There Closing the loop on packaging Our goal is to transition to 100% circular primary packaging by 2025. This means using packaging that can be reused or recycled. As members of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s How2Recycle Program, we aim to inform consumers on how to recycle our packaging properly, which we hope will lead to less waste in our landfills, oceans, and communities. Climate change requires action from all sectors and sections of society, but importantly collaboration must be at its heart. Recognizing this, Fossil Group has become a signatory member of the UN Fashion Charter on Climate Action which sets for the industry a target of 30% GHG emission reductions by 2030 and a commitment to analyze and set a decarbonization pathway for the fashion industry drawing on methodologies from the Science-Based Targets Initiative. The Charter brings together stakeholders from across the industry including brands, raw material producers, textile producers and apparel manufacturers to collaborate and share on best practices to significantly reduce emissions across the sectors’ value chain. How We'll Get There Collaborating on climate change How We'll Get There Collaborating on climate change Climate change requires action from all sectors and sections of society, but importantly collaboration must be at its heart. Recognizing this, Fossil Group has become a signatory member of the UN Fashion Charter on Climate Action which sets for the industry a target of 30% GHG emission reductions by 2030 and a commitment to analyze and set a decarbonization pathway for the fashion industry drawing on methodologies from the Science-Based Targets Initiative. The Charter brings together stakeholders from across the industry including brands, raw material producers, textile producers and apparel manufacturers to collaborate and share on best practices to significantly reduce emissions across the sectors’ value chain. Fossil Group Germany

“Topics like climate change and biodiversity destruction are monumental challenges that society faces and we must play a role in creating a sustainable future. It’s incumbent upon all companies to take action to reduce our consumption of natural resources and generation of waste across our value chain – from our direct operations, to our supply chain and to end consumer use.”

Rob Wilson
S.V.P. Global Operations


“Topics like climate change and biodiversity destruction are monumental challenges that society faces and we must play a role in creating a sustainable future. It’s incumbent upon all companies to take action to reduce our consumption of natural resources and generation of waste across our value chain – from our direct operations, to our supply chain and to end consumer use.”

Rob Wilson
S.V.P. Global Operations

Our Goals

2025 Goal

Reduce water consumption for leather tanning by 45% (versus a 2019 baseline)

2030 Goal

Eliminate virgin plastics use across our supply chain

2030 Goal

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% (versus a 2015 baseline)


This commitment aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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This commitment aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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We’re taking action to lead the industry in pro-planet innovation to help revitalize our natural world.


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