Salomon has unveiled its 2022 Impact Report, which offers a comprehensive examination of the brand’s sustainability efforts.
The report is the first of its kind produced by Salomon and is an in-depth examination of how the company conducts its business within the outdoor industry. It includes the company’s long-term sustainability commitments, where it currently stands against those goals, and outlines how it will reach them by implementing change through community involvement and innovation. It also explains Salomon’s Science-Based Targets, which were officially approved in 2022.
“In the past, Salomon has not been very vocal about its commitments, but this has never prevented us from being a responsible company,” said Franco Fogliato, Salomon’s President and CEO. “Being 100% connected to mountain sports since the first day of our existence in 194 7, in Annecy, has made us very respectful of our playground-nature-and our communities.”
In 2021, Salomon released the INDEX.01, the first recyclable running shoe that can be recycled into a ski boot at the end of its life. That same year, in collaboration with Airbus and students from IMT Les Mines in Toulouse, the brand contributed its footwear know-how to the Hopper prosthetic project, which aims to help amputees access the outdoors. Also in 2021, Salomon launched its Sports Pledge for responsible events and athletes.
In 2022, for its 75th anniversary, Salomon celebrated responsible outdoors with local associations and communities in its hometown of Annecy and continued to advance its sustainable objectives. Sustainability highlights from 2022 included:
- Salomon is the first leading snowsports brand to have its Science-Based Targets officially approved in 2022 (targeting 50% absolute reduction of Scope 1 & 2 carbon emissions and 30% absolute reduction of Scope 3 carbon emissions by 2030 from a 2019 baseline, net zero by 2050). This comes after publishing Salomon’s climate strategy and first ever full carbon footprint.
- 80% of Salomon’s tier 1 suppliers have achieved gold level in their social audit system (targeting 100% by 2025)
- The launch of a completely renewed MTN ski touring range into a fully eco-designed
collection, made with up to 40% more responsible materials
- Global partnership signed with Protect Our Winters in North America, and Mike Douglas, current Board Chair for POW Canada, became Salomon’s sustainability ambassador
- Supporting non-profits that help causes for women and minorities to have more access to our sports, including Hike Clerb, &Mother, Share Winter, TrailSisters, Colour the Trails, and Shejumps
- Salomon is a participating company of the Fair Labor Association through Amer Sports and on track for accreditation by 2024
- Salomon’s Responsible Product Framework was established to drive its product ranges towards circularity. The Fall-winter 2022 apparel collection featured 44% of its products with recycled materials, 89% of OEKO-TEX® or Bluesign® fabrics
Mike Douglas, a longtime Salomon athlete and Board Chair of Protect Our Winters Canada, says this collaborative work done by brands and their material suppliers is crucial.
“Part of our mission as it relates to outdoor-minded people is to get the brands and partners we work with to step up and work on cleaning up their own operations, as well as advocating for a cleaner a more sustainable planet,” said Douglas, who is also a Salomon Sustainability Ambassador.
Building on its previous Play-Minded Program, Salomon has re-structured its path to a responsible tomorrow with a two-pronged approach that places people at the center of its efforts. The company believes change is not possible without evolving its processes and ways of working, equipping its people with science-based tools, and ultimately changing its culture.
For 2023, thebrand’s sustainability focus areas include:
- Commit to new sustainability goals and a roadmap by 2030 through its new ‘Change our Tomorrow’ program
- Reinforce internal culture, commitment, and shared knowledge
- Deepen links and collaboration with communities, especially with Salomon athletes
- Reinforce transparency through open dialogue with stakeholders
- Quantify and strengthen social and environmental performance through processes and science-based tools
- Consolidate the brand’s climate strategy
- Develop circularity approach with new principles and new business models, and scale-up of circular products
For a full understanding of where Salomon has come from, where the company currently stands, and its path to a responsible tomorrow, read the full 2022 Impact Report on Salomon.com. Pages 17-18 provide a full list of Salomon’s progress highlights and mapping against the Sustainable Development Goals.