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Biodiversity

We are committed to protecting and developing the planet through the responsible management of natural resources.

Biodiversity helps to protect the cleanliness of our air and water, stabilise our climate, nurture the fertility of ours soils, and enable nature to recover quickly from epidemics and disasters.

Biodiversity is under intense pressure. We all have a responsibility to halt the destruction of natural habitats and end the overexploitation of the world´s resources.

Our strategy

At Inditex, we recognise the importance of biodiversity and are committed to protecting and developing biodiversity through the responsible and sustainable management of natural resources.

Our supply chain and raw materials rely on biodiversity – it provides soil nutrients to grow cotton, water for crops and the production of materials, land to rear sheep for wool, timber for fibre and furniture, and much more. 

We have developed our Biodiversity Strategy, based on the principles of the UN Convention of Biological Diversity, to protect biodiversity at all levels of our operations and to guide us day-to-day towards the most environmentally and ethically responsible business decisions.

Biodiversity StrategyPDF, 210Kb

Our biodiversity work is closely intertwined with our actions to reduce energy consumption and improve water quality. For example, our commitment to the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in our supply chain helps to protect the biodiversity of rivers and marine ecosystems; and decreasing energy use and carbon emissions reduce global warming and its effects on biodiversity.

Responsible management 

We pay special attention to the raw materials we choose in the making of our products, as these decisions can have a direct impact on biodiversity. We are minimising our impact by:

  • increasing the use of sustainable alternatives, such as TENCEL™ Lyocell and recycled fibres.
  • using only sustainable certified (PEFC or FSC) sources for our wooden furniture and paper products, such as bags, labels and office paper
  • ensuring that by the end of 2017, wood-based fibres used in our products do not come from primary or ecologically important forests

Cooperation with stakeholders

Collaboration with others is vital to create unified, consistent action to protect biodiversity. International groups we are parnering with include the Better Cotton Initiative, CanopyStyle, Organic Cotton Accelerator, Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Textile Exchange, among others. We fund agricultural projects in China and India that promote ecological and sustainable cultivation practices. These projects raise standards of living in communities and make a positive difference to the local environment. And since 2007, we have been funding programmes to conserve and protect the forests of Galicia, the region which hosts our global headquarters in Spain.

Our partnerships

CanopyStyle Initative

Around a third of the trees used to make wood-based fibres are thought to come from some of the world’s most important ancient and endangered primary forests. To protect them, we are pushing for industry-wide change as one of three founding partners of the CanopyStyle initiative. Working with the environmental non-profit organisation Canopy, we now have 68 brands, designers and retailers on board – representing $100 billion in annual revenue. Nine of the ten largest viscose producers in the world, responsible for around 75% of the global production of wood-based fibres, are now also behind this cause

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