American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. is committed to developing better business practices to promote a cleaner and healthier planet.
We hear repeatedly from associates and customers through social media, focus groups, and internal surveys that they want us to take meaningful steps to respect our environment. Although we are still in the early stages of implementing our environmental strategy, we are encouraged by progress from our initial efforts and continue to explore additional ways to reduce our environmental footprint. Our associates are our greatest asset in this effort: many of our programs today exist due to the efforts of one or a few visionary people who had an innovative idea to help make our company "greener."
Our environmental program is built on three pillars: conserving resources, minimizing waste, and improving our products and packaging.
"I had been traveling a bunch and started thinking about the environmental implications of all the jet fuel and ways to off-set my carbon footprint. I got to thinking that there might be others who felt the same. So I asked if we had a program to offset the footprint of employee travel."
Isobel S., Associate Design Director, Women's Knits
At Isobel's suggestion, we implemented a Carbon Offset program in partnership with the Student Conservation Association. Associates can now make donations to purchase trees to offset business travel, and AEO, Inc. will match the donations. The trees are then planted in national parks and forests by SCA interns.