During REI’s annual meeting at the end of April, Westfield Outdoors® received the retailer’s Climate Action Award.
The Climate Action Award is a yearly honor given to one of the hundreds of suppliers REI works with. To be eligible for the award, a supplier must demonstrate a commitment to eco-friendly practices throughout the organization and manufacturing processes. Per REI, the exact award criteria states that a partner must:
Take leading action to measure and manage greenhouse gas emissions,
Demonstrate leadership in decarbonizing their manufacturing processes,
Reduce their overall environmental footprint, and
Uphold strong fair labor practices.
Based on the commitment to these practices, Westfield Outdoors® was selected as the 2023 award winner, chosen from a final list of four total companies.
Among the highlights of these efforts from Westfield Outdoors® were reducing CO2 emissions by 25,330 tons over a 2-year period from June 2020 to June 2022. This was accomplished due to number of additions/upgrades company-wide including:
Installation of more solar panel roofs,
Installation of wastewater recycling systems,
The use of recycled aluminum, and
The use of low temperature powder coating processes.
These commitments and changes throughout Westfield Outdoors® are part of a larger 10-year goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 4.2 percent per year, as seen on the graph below.
Westfield Outdoors® CEO Charlie Cai was on hand to accept the award and narrated a seven-minute presentation detailing the eco-friendly efforts of the company.
For more information about Westfield Outdoors® and the company’s commitment to sustainability and environmentally friendly practices, please visit www.westfieldoutdoors.com.