Reducing the Impact of our Operations

From our stores to our offices and warehouses, they all use energy. To reduce our energy footprint, Clarks has programmes to install highly efficient LED lighting, replace inefficient heating and cooling systems and improve insulation.

Globally, we’ve been rolling out our new retail store refit programme which uses 100% LED lights as standard. LED lights require less energy to run, let off less heat and they last a long time. LED lights combined with motion sensors are also being rolled out in our global HQ and central warehouse. The result has been a better working environment for our people and a decrease in Clarks energy use.

Going beyond energy, our main distribution centre warehouse for North America was recognized for its environmentally sound building strategies. Located in Hanover, Pennsylvania, the facility was built in compliance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, resulting in a LEED Gold certification by the US Green Building Council.

This delivers high levels of environmental performance while also ensuring a healthy work environment for Clarks employees. The new distribution centre has also been designed with universal accessibility in mind to allow for the best possible access for people of all abilities.

Land Area

x65 American Soccer Fields
115 Acres
465,000 square meters

Site Sustainability

To minimize mowing and maintenance, flowering meadow mix was planted rather than grass

Materials & Resources

Over 97% of the trash generated from construction was not sent to a landfill

Cubic Volume

x2,000 average American homes
32.2 million cubic feet
912,000 cubic meters

Water Efficiency

The rain harvesting system collects rainwater from the roof, and is reused all throughout the facility, reducing potable water use by 79%

Indoor Environment

Indoor air quality was optimized with low-emitting materials in paint, flooring and composite materials

Length of Conveyors

x2.26 Airport Runways
7.25 kilometers

Energy & Atmosphere

High efficiency lighting fixtures have reduced energy consumption by 30%

Innovation in Design

A combination of using recycled building materials, increasing the amount of open space, and water conservation efforts

To quote the Clarks VP of Development at Hanover, "we're doing a bunch of things from an environment and sustainability perspective". Covering over 455,000 square feet, the warehouse incorporates large expanses of glass to maximise natural lighting, a rainwater collection system that channels water from the roof for use in toilets and much of the parking and driving areas have pervious concrete that reduces runoff and helps groundwater recharge.

Meanwhile the design and build of our new corporate headquarters building for Clarks Americas in Waltham, Massachusetts will renovate a dilapidated former Polaroid building into a 120,000-square-foot, four-story office housing more than 400 employees. The building is committed to achieve a minimum LEED Silver certification, and may possibly achieve Gold. This achievement is a reflection of its energy and water efficiency, and use of materials with lower environmental impacts.

Clarks UK has worked hard together with Veolia to improve levels of recycling in store and is proud that our UK stores have achieved a recycling rate of over 90%. This is a great improvement as back in 2012, just 40% of our waste from UK stores was diverted from landfill. How have we achieved this? Through ensuring that the majority of our shoe packaging is made from easily recyclable materials, implementing a new waste management contract and providing training and support for our people in store. Thanks to everyone’s hard work, 99.7% of Clarks UK store waste collected by Veolia was diverted from landfill in 2015; 91.9% was recycled and 7.8% turned into energy.

This helps to reduce our carbon footprint too. For our UK stores, Clarks achieved a Carbon Performance Ratio of 1,611% in 2015, based on an average month’s waste generation. Perplexed? It means Clarks UK has offset over ten times the carbon emissions generated through our stores’ waste management activities. This has been quantified through Veolia’s Greenhouse Gas Tracker (GHG) tool.

For further information on any aspect of our Behaving Responsibly programme, please contact: