Finland’s Marimekko to set SBTi-based emissions reduction targets

Finnish textile and clothing design house Marimekko has committed to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to set science-based emissions reduction targets in line with the UN Paris Climate Agreement. The Paris Climate Agreement aims to limit global warming to well below 2° C relative to pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit warming below 1.5° C.

Marimekko will set the science-based emissions reduction targets in line with the Paris Climate Agreement in accordance with the schedule of the SBTi within two years, according to a press release by Marimekko Corporation. The Science Based Target Initiative is a collaboration between WWF (the World Wide Fund for Nature), CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), WRI (World Resources Institute), and United Nations Global Compact. The aim of the initiative is for science-based emissions reductions to become a guiding principle for business activities. 

The lifestyle design company published ambitious targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 as well.

“We believe that, in the future, timeless and sustainable products will be made in balance with the environment, in line with the principles of the circular economy. In 2021, we conducted a thorough carbon footprint calculation to target our emission reduction actions as efficiently as possible. Science-based emission reduction targets are an important tool in reaching our ambitious long-term vision of our operations leaving no trace on the environment in the future.

To reach the vision, we will also need innovations in technologies, materials, and business models which we will advance together with various partners. With the power of our own example, we want to move our industry towards a more sustainable future,” president and CEO of Marimekko Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko was quoted as saying in the release.

Marimekko’s design philosophy and operations have always been based on sustainable thinking and it has published the direction for its next strategy period of 2023–2027. Sustainability is one of the five strategic success factors for the company and will help support its long-term success.