As we look back over the last year, we’re proud of our progress furthering our factory compliance programs and reducing environmental impacts. Our Associates and our relationships with our Suppliers have been a key component of our accomplishments, and we want to acknowledge their sincere efforts toward operating responsibly.

While we have made significant strides in our programs, we remain steadfast in our commitment to finding additional ways to improve our performance.

Here is a look at some of the highlights of what we have achieved and where we’re going:


Since 2008, we have reduced our carbon footprint by 27.5% per square foot. Our Associates at our corporate offices and in our over 1,000 stores have worked tirelessly to help us achieve this significant goal.

We remain committed to our goal of reducing our footprint by 30% per square foot by the end of 2015 (over a 2008 baseline). We are confident that the passion of our associates will help us meet this goal.

This footprint focuses on our North American operations, including our home offices, distribution center and stores in both the U.S. and Canada. This footprint includes Scope 1 and 2 and was conducted using WRI’s GHG Protocol Corporate Standard.

We will strive to achieve our corporate goal to reduce our carbon footprint 30% per square foot by the end of 2015 (over a 2008 baseline).

In 2015, we are installing energy management systems at a number of our stores, which will allow us to have more control over the energy used throughout the day. We are confident that this system will significantly impact our energy use and carbon footprint, and will help us achieve our 30% goal by the end of 2015.

We will continue with our current initiatives and establish new programs to achieve this 30% reduction, including increased energy conservation efforts, the use of new technologies and a continued focus on operational efficiency.

We continually strive to become more energy efficient in our operations. Since 2008, we have reduced our energy use by 19% per square foot. We achieved this reduction by engaging our Associates to reduce our energy use by following guidelines on lighting, temperature control and equipment. We also have upgraded our lighting systems and have installed energy efficient LED bulbs in over half of our stores.

We will continue to drive energy efficiency in our operations to reduce our carbon footprint and realize cost savings. Our Store Facilities team is always looking for more efficient lighting, fixtures and HVAC systems for our stores, and we continue to engage our passionate Associates around these efforts. We will also continue to find opportunities at our Distribution Center, which has already made great progress towards becoming more energy efficient.

We look forward to sharing our progress towards energy efficiency in the future.

At ANN INC., we believe every woman deserves a chance to be her best self every day. Through our Responsibly ANN commitment, we’re dedicated to empowering 100,000 women in our global supply chain community. By providing health and financial education, we are giving women all over the world the opportunity to reach their full potential.

In 2014, we achieved our first milestone and have provided health and financial literacy training to 33,883 around the world. We achieved this by expanding the program into 20 factories across 6 countries, and an artisan cooperative in the Indian Himalayas.

We are excited about this progress, and will continue to expand the program until we reach our goal of 100,000 women by 2018. We will continue to introduce this health training into ANNís contract factories, allowing women around the world the opportunity to reach their full potential.

At ANN INC., we are committed to Supplier development and have worked to build strong Supplier relationships to drive compliance. Through AT CONNECT, our program for our top 15 apparel Suppliers, we have worked with our strategic Suppliers to share best-in-class practices targeted at some of their biggest challenges.

We are proud to work with these strategic Suppliers to further develop their capacity to extend their social compliance and environmental sustainability programs even further. This group is significant to ANN INC. and represents 76% of our total business.

We will continue to focus on delivering results through our AT CONNECT program and to work closely with our Suppliers to improve compliance outcomes, build Supplier capacity and provide best-in-class compliance and environmental sustainability solutions.

We are committed to building the compliance capacity of our strategic Suppliers and are continuously looking for the next generation of Supplier engagement and training programs. As we evolve, we will continue to strengthen our relationships with the compliance staff of our Suppliers and expand our efforts to further align compliance with business priorities.

In 2013, we worked with our top Suppliers to set goals for them to reduce their energy use throughout their operations. 15 of our top suppliers pledged to complete over 280 projects throughout their facilities to drive energy savings, and reduce their carbon footprints. To make the connection between energy efficiency and cost savings, our Suppliers are measuring their progress in energy savings costs.

Collectively, our Suppliers have already completed over 201 projects, which have saved them over $1.58 million in energy costs.

Looking ahead, our Suppliers will continue to implement energy savings projects. They are well on their way to achieving our initial goal of $3 million in energy savings by the end of 2015, and we are excited to support their efforts through training and capacity building.

Through our program, we review the social compliance performance of all active factories that produce branded apparel products for ANN INC. We do this by using unannounced and independent third-party audits, in-factory training programs, regular progress reporting, and visits from our global CSR team. We develop our annual monitoring strategy using various criteria, including a factory’s previous compliance performance. We recognize the performance of factories who consistently demonstrate good results by conducting audits of those factories less frequently throughout the year.

We remain diligent in our commitment to only approve factories that meet our strict criteria. In 2014, we approved 70% of the new factories reviewed, continuing our commitment to only doing business with factories who meet our high standards.

At ANN INC. we are committed to reporting on our social compliance programs, impacts and challenges. This is an important way to demonstrate accountability to our clients, Associates, and other stakeholders who expect ANN INC. to maintain high ethical standards.

We are proud of our performance and will continue to share our achievements and challenges.


Give Back Box

Policy on Conflict
Minerals Law Compliance

Update on Angora
At ANN INC., we believe we can help the planet by reducing waste while also benefiting our local communities. That is why we’ve partnered with Give Back Box® to provide our clients the opportunity to ship their gently used clothes and household items to be donated to Goodwill®. Learn more
ANN INC. is committed to ensuring that metals and other minerals contained in its merchandise are sourced, produced and used in an ethical and responsible manner.

We expect our suppliers to:
•  Avoid the use of gold, columbite-tantalite (tantalum), cassiterite (tin) and wolframite (tungsten) (collectively, the “Conflict Minerals”) that may finance directly or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighboring countries.
•  Participate fully in the Company’s inquiry regarding their use of Conflict Minerals, including providing complete, accurate and timely responses to surveys and other inquiries submitted by the Company.

Please click here to view our detailed conflict minerals policy.
The humane procurement of angora is an issue we take seriously. ANN has ceased the sourcing of angora hair until a third party certification process exists. Click here to learn more about our Animal Welfare Policy.