Reducing the impactof our operations

From our stores to our offices and warehouses, they all use energy. That’s why, in 2018, we moved most of our UK shops, offices and warehouses onto green electricity tariffs. We also have programmes in place to install efficient LED lighting, replace inefficient heating and cooling systems and improve insulation.

Globally, we’ve been rolling out our new shop fit programme which uses 100% LED lights. These lights require less energy to run, let off less heat and they last a long time. LED lights combined with motion sensors have also been rolled out in our Global Headquarters in Somerset and UK warehouses. The result has been a better working environment for our people and a decrease in 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.


x65 American Soccer Fields
115 Acres
465,000 square meters


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


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


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


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


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


x2.26 Airport Runways
7.25 kilometers


High efficiency lighting fixtures have reduced energy consumption by 30%


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

Meanwhile, our Americas HQ achieved LEED Gold rating when it was constructed, and in 2018 achieved an Energy Star rating. Based on the former Polaroid headquarters, the Clarks building uses over 95% of the previous structure, re-using materials where possible to reduce energy impact and save waste going to landfill. A low carbon footprint was also achieved by installing LED lights, efficient heating and air ventilation, and solar panels which generate 13% of the building’s energy use.

Clarks is committed to waste avoidance. In 2018 we recycled almost 90% of our waste from our shops, offices and warehouses in the UK. This is a great improvement as back in 2012, just 40% of our UK shop waste 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 successful waste management contract and providing training and support for our people in store.

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