Best for the World — our 2025 sustainability goals

Sustainability is a part of Kathmandu's DNA, but we know that doing our part means taking our programs for social and environmental impact to the next level. But before we do, the first step is understanding where we are in this process.

Te toto o te tangata, he kai; te oranga o te tangata, he whenua

While food provides the blood in our veins, our health is drawn from the land

Sustainability in 2025: People, Planet and Practice

In 2019, we brought in Drs Brian and Mary Nattrass of Sustainability Partners to review our sustainability strategy and initiatives. Based in Canada, Brian and Mary are global leaders in sustainability, having worked with some of the world’s biggest brands and bodies, including Nike, Starbucks and the United States Army. 

Following this comprehensive review, we have created a five-year plan: Best for the World. 

Best for the World 2025 goalsBest for the World 2025 goals

Best for People

This pillar covers all the people in our network – from the 50,000 people in our supply chain to our 2,000 employees as well as our customers and wider community.

Our 2025 aspirational goal is to empower our community to positively change the lives of 100,000 people. 

We’ll take the following actions over the next five years:

1. Improve the standard of living and working conditions for people in our supply chain.

2. Help our partners provide 30,000 Nepalese people with access to high-quality education.

3. Give 10,000 Summit Club members access to outdoor adventure and volunteering opportunities.

4. Work towards being a leader in diversity and inclusion for our team, ranking in the top quartile for employee engagement. 

Best for the Planet

This pillar sees a big shift towards circularity principles.

Our goal is to have 100% of our products designed, developed and manufactured using elements of circularity principles.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation describes the three principles of a circular economy as:

  • Designing out waste and pollution
  • Keeping products and materials in use
  • Regenerating natural systems

Our waste and carbon footprint is another part of our impact on the planet. Our aspirational goal for 2025 is to have zero environmental harm from our business operations. To get there, we’ll need to become carbon zero, operate zero-waste facilities and look at how we can remove waste from our supply chains.

Read more about our efforts to improve worker wellbeing across our supply chains. 

Best for the World in Practice

In 2019, as part of our goal to use our business as a force for good, we became a certified B Corp. This means we are legally required to consider the impact of our decisions on our workers, customers, suppliers, community and the environment.

Our five-year goal is to become a leading Certified B Corp by lifting our assessment score from 83 points to more than 120.

Read more about our role as a Certified B Corp.

A sustainability governance structure will provide clear performance accountability for all of our sustainability and community impact strategies, while the Board of Directors and senior management will have training and accountability for sustainability performance.

For the whole organisation to shift to circular principles, we’ll need to clearly define what our own circularity principles are across the organisation. From there we’ll be able to experiment with internal business models that drive circular economy solutions.