Columbia scores 8.1 out of 100 points in this ranking and has therefore started the journey. PrAna, one of its brands, sources organic and Fairtrade cotton and has a target to source 100% organic cotton by 2018.
Columbia does not have a public policy or statement addressing issues in cotton cultivation. Its PrAna brand states an intention to reduce environmental impacts of cotton cultivation and has a target to source 100% organic cotton by 2018. PrAna’s current sourcing of organic and Fairtrade cotton addresses issues of biodiversity, water reduction and pesticide use in cotton cultivation. Columbia’s other brands have a statement on cotton cultivation in Uzbekistan but do not have policies in place to address issues such as the elimination of HHPs, reducing water use, and biodiversity in cotton cultivation. Columbia and PrAna have recycling initiatives in place.
Columbia does not publish any information about sourced volumes of more sustainable cotton, either in percentage or absolute terms.
Columbia does not publish information on the volume and origin of the cotton used in its products. Columbia does publish a list of finished products manufacturers but does not specify clearly what percentage of overall manufacturers this represents. The company does not provide information on its suppliers (fabric manufacturers, yarn spinners).