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08/04/2022

Crate & Barrel Outlines Enhanced Sustainability Commitments

The home specialty retailer has put forth a set of standards that includes the materials used across its product assortment.
Greg Sleter
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Crate & Barrel is advancing its sustainability and quality-tested goals through a combination of commitments and guiding values the retailer said prioritize the wellbeing of people and the planet. 

The company's goals focus on leading Crate & Barrel, CB2, Crate & Kids, and Hudson Grace with corporate responsibility and responsible design at the forefront of everything from products and packaging, to people and social wellness.

"Our vision is to build a home with purpose in order to create happier and healthier communities for future generations," said Janet Hayes, CEO of Crate & Barrel Holdings. “These goals represent our commitment to helping our people and the planet thrive while growing our business."

Three core goals for 2025 represent the first commitments for CBH's product assortment:

  • 60% Certified Preferred Fibers in our textiles assortment
  • 50% FSC-Certified furniture
  • 100% GREENGUARD Gold Certified Crate & Kids furniture

Increased transparency for tracking and reporting progress across these commitments will also be implemented.

While this is just the beginning of CBH's refreshed sustainability journey, there are seven core values guiding the retailer’s pursuit of a more sustainable tomorrow that include commitments in material sourcing, the use of recycled materials and circular solutions, transparency in supply chain, reducing emissions, uplifting employees, and providing transparency and security throughout the customer experience:

  • Climate Neutrality: Setting climate targets and reducing our carbon footprint, from factories and facilities to the customer's doorstep.
  • Sustainable Materials: Using more sustainably sourced materials in our products, including FSC®-certified wood, preferred fibers and recycled packaging.
  • Ethical Supply Chain: Engaging and supporting suppliers in continuous social and environmental improvement.
  • Circular Solutions: Exploring ways to replace single-use consumption with circular projects, operations and products.
  • Empowered Employees: Empowering teams throughout the organization to shape innovative sustainability programs and put them into practice.
  • Conscious Customers: Simplifying the customer experience to promote responsible shopping with clear labeling, third-party verification and sustainable products.
  • Digital Responsibility: Improving privacy, security and data collection while using tech solutions, such as remote meetings, to reduce emissions.