100% RESPONSIBLY-SOURCED COTTON BY 2021
We’re committed to 100% responsibly-sourced cotton by 2021. We support the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) as the gold standard in certifications because it goes from farm to finished product, and we are using cotton alternatives, such as recycled fiber, in order to achieve this ambitious goal. In 2016, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. became the first large GOTS-certified home retailer in North America.
In 2016, we signed onto the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). BCI is a global system for cultivating more sustainable cotton. It trains farmers in better practices, including the use of natural alternatives to harmful chemicals. We have set a companywide goal to increase the use of Better Cotton by at least 5 percent each year over the next 5 years.
We offer the best quality foods, made with the purest ingredients possible, whether sourced from around the world or developed in our own test kitchen. We do not use high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors or preservatives, and we do our best to avoid high levels of sodium. We are increasing our percentage of organic and non-GMO ingredients, and we continue to celebrate local food artisans and assortments in our communities.
TOP 10 IN ORGANIC COTTON & PREFERRED FIBERS
Out of 89 leading global companies, the Textile Exchange’s 2016 Market Reports ranked Williams-Sonoma, Inc. #9 in organic cotton and #6 in Recycled Polyester and Lyocell usage. We promote alternative textiles with recycled content, TENCEL® (lyocell), and products that support the Better Cotton Initiative. Many of our products have been tested for potentially harmful substances and are certified with OEKO-TEX® Standard 100.
We support Forest Stewardship Council® certified wood as the industry gold standard, and we use reclaimed wood and other responsible options in our products. Since 2007, all of the paper WSI has used for our catalogs is FSC-certified. As a member of World Wildlife Fund’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), we also set goals to engage our suppliers to adopt year-over-year improvements towards higher responsible sourcing standards.
We are committed to increasing the use of LED technology in all lighting products. By retrofitting existing lights, we can provide environmentally friendly alternatives. Partnering with industry-leading manufacturers, we will also be able to design new lighting solutions and bring better technologies to our customers.
We are committed to the health and safety of our customers. We support the use of low-VOC (volatile organic compound) and water-based furniture finishes. We are expanding our use of product certifications, such as GREENGUARD Certification, that meet or exceed stringent chemical emissions standards. We are a leader in CARB compliance testing, ensuring our materials adhere to all US air emissions requirements.