At Condé Nast, we are committed to doing business in ways that are socially and environmentally responsible, and that make a positive global impact. For more than a century, our iconic brands have driven the cultural conversation, sparked global movements and propelled meaningful change around the world. We not only inform our audiences, but inspire them to take meaningful action.
Milestone Moments Timeline
Vanity Fair, May 2006
Vanity Fair U.S. launches its first “Green Issue” to mark an increased commitment to reporting on environmental threats.
Condé Nast Spain is the first market to achieve ISO14001 accreditation and carbon neutrality in its operations.
Condé Nast relocates its New York headquarters to One World Trade Center, a LEED certified building.
AD India, September 2017
AD India launches its first Craftsmanship issue. The special edition featured five fabric covers that used a variety of artisanal techniques, such as tie-dye and screen printing.
Vogue Australia, February 2018
Vogue Australia appoints Clare Press as sustainability editor-at-large, first one in the history of Vogue. The first Vogue Australia issue dedicated to sustainable fashion is published in March 2018 and guest edited by Emma Watson.
While we have always been passionate about achieving the highest standards in everything we do for our readers, viewers and clients, we recognize that, when it comes to looking after the natural environment, we need to do more.
Condé Nast accepts the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s position on the state of the world. The climate crisis is upon us and man-made climate change exists. We commit to accurate reporting, to champion change, and to always refer to the IPCC's latest report, facts and figures as the baseline.
Condé Nast operates across 31 markets and its influential brands engage with hundreds of millions of people around the globe. We can and should inspire communities around the world to take action. We understand our responsibility and are ready to lead by example.
We believe that we have a duty to deliver the highest quality content and experiences expected from our brands and to do so in a way that reduces our impact on the planet.
We recognize our responsibility to raise awareness, contribute to the global debate and to point to solutions that ensure that our industry, readers and viewers are actively engaged in protecting our most precious resources. We commit to playing a more proactive and meaningful role in informing our readers about the climate emergency and inspiring them to take practical actions, working with partners to foster tangible change.
We pledge to deliver systemic change throughout all levels of our organization, and to ensure that our content is always scientifically robust and accurate. To bring these principles to life, Condé Nast will outline clear targets of accountability. We will regularly unveil new initiatives and recalibrate our approach to ensure we deliver change in line with breakthroughs of sustainable practice.
Global Employee Council
Born from an internal call-to-action, Condé Nast’s global employee council for Sustainability provides a platform for employees to identify shared objectives, set goals, exchange ideas and know-how and work together on global priorities.
The council is composed of 20 Condé Nast employees from 12 markets, each with varying levels of experience.
Council members work closely with an executive steering committee composed of senior leaders from across the company to develop and support global and market-based initiatives. The Sustainability council is chaired by Wolfgang Blau, Chief Operating Officer & President, International.
Together, the council members empower colleagues throughout the company to ignite and implement change, celebrate successes and build on what has already been accomplished.
We have joined the UNFCCC’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action to support industry efforts to make fashion and textiles more sustainable.
The Fashion for Global Climate Action initiative is an urgent and global appeal to the fashion industry to acknowledge its impact on our planet and the collective responsibility of the sector to strive towards climate neutrality.
Through collaborative action and bold leadership, the fashion industry has the ability to develop clear targets of accountability and the power to make this necessary and drastic transformation happen.
As the first media company to support the charter, Condé Nast is committed to playing a more proactive and meaningful role in the global climate action movement. Condé Nast will work with industry partners to influence consumer behavior by promoting the re-use of clothes, sustainable fashion, innovative materials and technologies which can help to mitigate the environmental impact of fashion.
Condé Nast is committed to assess, minimize and disclose its environmental performance.
Condé Nast will publish its first greenhouse gas emission assessment report in early 2020 and outline a roadmap for a global sustainability strategy, including setting targets for use of single-use plastic and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition to these initial steps, we will continue to unveil important sustainability initiatives where we believe we can make the most impact and recalibrate our framework to ensure it is meeting the ever-changing landscape and breakthroughs of sustainable practice.
Eliminating Single Use Plastic
In 2018, Condé Nast used circa 440 tonnes of single-use plastic in magazine packaging across all our markets.
In early 2019 eight of our markets started phasing out single-use plastic wrapping for subscription, newsstand or both. Alternatives adopted vary from recycled plastic to naked mailing. In early 2020 we will eliminate single-use plastic wrappings from all our US publications.
In continuing our transformative journey towards a more sustainable business practice, Condé Nast has committed to supporting the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, launched by Ellen MacArthur Foundation and UN Environment; and eliminating single-use plastic from all our products, across all our markets by 2025. We will continue exploring alternative solutions for magazine packaging, in order to minimize the environmental impacts of our products.
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