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05/20/2022

Macy’s joins multiple sustainability efforts

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology
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Macy’s is participating in several sustainability projects.

Macy’s Inc. is building on the “social purpose platform” it launched in March 2022.

The department store retailer, which in March said it will direct $5 billion of its spend, scaling through 2025, to the partners, products, people, and programs that help create “a more equitable and sustainable future via its new “Mission Every One” social purpose platform, is introducing a number of new sustainability- and social equality-focused partnerships and programs. Highlights follow.

Better CottonThrough “Mission Every One,” the company is increasing the use of sustainably sourced raw materials and fibers incorporated into the design of its private brand products – including cotton, synthetic and all wood-based materials. In April 2022, Macy’s joined Better Cotton, an organization that promotes sustainable standards and practices in cotton farming, to support its goal of achieving 100% preferred materials in its exclusive brands by 2030.

“Macy’s is proud to join Better Cotton as we continue to take concrete steps towards achieving sustainability production goals with our private brands,” said Keelin Evans, VP of sustainability at Macy’s, Inc. “As we build on the public commitments outlined in our social purpose platform, we are leveraging key partnerships like Better Cotton to help us attain our sustainability goals throughout our value chain.”

Trust for Public Land
From April 1-30, 2022, Macy’s customers had the opportunity to round-up their in-store purchases and donate their change (up to $0.99) or donate online to support Trust for Public Lands (TPL’s) Community Schoolyards projects that help transform untended public parks into green spaces. As a result of the campaign, Macy’s customers donated nearly $1.5 million to the organization.

“During Earth Month, we were proud to introduce our partnership with Trust for Public Land as Macy’s continues to take steps towards a more sustainable future,” said Sam Di Scipio, Macy’s senior director, corporate communications – giving & volunteerism. “The few extra cents donated at checkout adds up to millions of dollars to help fund programming that strengthens community and climate resiliency.”

HERproject
To champion the advancement of women's rights and equality and family well-being, Macy’s is partnering with Business for Social Responsibility’s (BSR) HERProject to empower women to improve health, well-being, confidence, and economic potential of women working in our factories globally.

Give Back Box clothing recycling program
Focused on circularity innovations to help reduce, reuse, and repurpose materials to eliminate waste, Macy’s introduced a partnership with the Give Back Box. From now through June 2022, Macy’s provides customers with the opportunity to repurpose Macy’s shipping boxes to donate and recycle unwanted clothing free of charge.

Sustainable products
Macy’s is making sustainable products more accessible by making it easier to find and shop at Macy’s for items that are independently certified as responsibly made. Last year, Macy’s launched a sitelet on macys.com that lists products that are certified to a third-party sustainability standard. The sitelet includes Macy’s private brand products for home, apparel, and accessories.

View the Macy’s Sustainability Report here.