Our Change Forward

The Cole Haan Change Forward™ initiative represents our goals and our efforts to better ourselves and the world around us.

In the nearly 100 years we’ve been here, much has changed. Now, it’s time for us to change too. We are advancing our Grand.36Ø Design & Engineering System and focusing on finding innovative ways to make our products more sustainable, without compromising our reputation for performance, function, and craft.

It’s a process, but all great change starts with a few first steps to move forward.

Change Forward


Our mission to deliver Sustainable Innovation in our products.


Sustainable innovation

The mechanics of the human body is the central focus of our Grand.360 Design & Engineering System and we are always looking for new ways our products can complement natural human performance. We call this “Natural Design.”

Now, our goal is to give “Natural Design” an enhanced meaning by actively seeking environmentally conscious naturally derived or recycled materials for many of our product components. And, for leather components, we are prioritising responsible leather sourcing.

Every day at Cole Haan is a work in progress. We’re learning – and unlearning – with each step we take. We’re integrating this thinking into our everyday work. We’re actively seeking partners and suppliers who share our mission. And, we’re making breakthroughs as well as correcting any missteps along the way.


The steps we’re taking to Change Forward.™


When you see the word SUSTAINABLE next to Cole Haan products, you’ll know there’s a minimum of 25% naturally derived or recycled content by weight in that product.

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Some of our SUSTAINABLE products have much higher percentages of sustainable materials, and we will continue to look to do better. Here’s how:

  1. Our product creation team will concentrate on high performance, low impact design, and engineering.
  2. As always, we will focus first on the consumer, the wearing occasion, and how we can bring differentiated performance to their lives.
  3. As we innovate solutions, we consider 360° design, engineering, and materials to fully realise everything we create.


These are four primary benefits we seek to deliver in our products:


primary benefits

We will start by asking ourselves how we can bring thoughtful simplicity to our design practices – making streamlined products with less ingredients and less impact in the first place.



Next, we will go to nature – seeking to include solutions and materials made or adapted from nature.


responsible leather sourcing

When we include leather, we use responsible leather sourcing – seeking tanneries that are gold-rated by the Leather Working Group.

Use less; gain more

Our SUSTAINABLE products will also include some features made from recycled or reconstituted materials that will deliver upon the needs of our consumers. From recycled yarns in our shoes to post-consumer waste in our packaging, we will continue to look for additional ways to reduce waste and reuse existing materials. Use less; gain more.

minimise waste where possible

For other materials – which we use to ensure that our products meet our exacting performance standards and endure long-term wear – we will seek to minimise waste where possible.





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When we set out to design our first SUSTAINABLE shoe, we started from the ground up, innovating a revolutionary sole with dandelions. Yes, dandelions.

Our patent pending FlowerFoam™ sole is made with a minimum of 25% natural dandelion rubber. Here’s to a little Flower Power.

To go even further, we infused recycled content throughout to create a shoe with over 25% recycled content by weight. Get the lowdown here.





Fellow Travellers

Growing together is more powerful than growing alone.


responsible leather sourcing


We are members of the Leather Working Group.

We strive for responsible leather sourcing, and where feasible, we will switch to plant-based and recycled alternatives to reduce our footprint even more.




Planet Water


Planet Water Foundation brings clean, safe drinking water to more than two million people in 15 countries.

We’re proud to work with them on their mission to, “transform the health and well being on children in the world’s most impoverished communities.” We’re contributing to their efforts to bring clean drinking water to the communities around our partner factories in India.




Social Accountability International


We work with our factory partners to ensure adherence to our Code of Conduct through internal and external audits and capacity building, focusing on management systems as well as through collaboration with other brands, and as informed by our partnership with Social Accountability International, a global, non-governmental organisation advancing human rights at work.

You can learn more about our Supply Chain Code of Conduct here.




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