Today, Salomon unveils its 2022 Impact Report, which offers a comprehensive overview of the brand’s sustainability efforts. The report is the first of its kind produced by Salomon and examines how the company conducts its business within the outdoor industry. It includes the company’s long-term sustainability commitments, where it currently stands and outlines how it will reach its goals by implementing change through community involvement and innovation.
“In the past, Salomon has not been very vocal about its commitments, but this has never prevented us from being a responsible company,” explains Franco Fogliato, Salomon’s President and CEO. “Being 100% connected to mountain sports since the first day of our existence in 1947, in Annecy, has made us very respectful of our playground—nature—and our communities.”
Salomon has been implementing sustainability initiatives and projects in past years, with 2021 being a notable year for developments. In 2021, Salomon released the INDEX.01, the first recyclable running shoe that can be recycled at the end of its life cycle. Salomon also collaborated 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. Finally, Salomon launched its Sports Pledge for responsible events and athletes.
In 2022, for its 75th anniversary, Salomon celebrated responsible outdoors 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, believes 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, more sustainable planet,” says Douglas, who is also a Salomon Sustainability Ambassador.
Building on the 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. This approach will equip people with science-based tools that will ultimately change the culture of the company.
For 2023, the brand’s sustainability focus areas include:
- Committing to new sustainability goals and a roadmap by 2030 through its new ‘Change our Tomorrow’ program.
- Reinforcing internal culture, commitment, and shared knowledge.
- Deepening links and collaboration with communities, especially with Salomon athletes.
- Amplifying transparency through open dialogue with stakeholders.
- Quantifying and strengthening social and environmental performance through processes and science-based tools.
- Consolidating the brand’s climate strategy.
- Developing a circularity approach with new principles and new business models, and scaling-up 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. Please visit pages 17–18 for a full list of Salomon’s progress highlights and progress with Sustainable Development Goals.
About Salomon: Born in the French Alps in 1947, Salomon creates premium footwear, apparel, gear and winter sports equipment that is superior in function, radical in design and obsessive in style. At the Annecy Design Center, engineers, designers and athletes collaborate to write the future of sports by creating products that transform outside sports experiences and enable a deeper connection with nature, allowing people to unleash the best version of themselves so that they might positively impact the world.