A Strong Commitment to Environmental Stewardship
L.L.Bean's commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen is rooted in our stakeholder concept and our core values. Given our rich outdoor heritage, we've made firm commitments to environmental stewardship. We sell products that enhance our customers' relationships with the outdoors and continually seek to minimize the adverse impacts that producing, marketing and distributing these products may have on the environment. L.L.Bean conducts business in an environmentally responsible manner, using the best environmental practices within our industry. Efforts include promotion of sustainable forestry initiatives, recycling, energy conservation, greenhouse gas measurement and reduction, alternative fuel use, green building practices, sustainable products and packaging reduction. Examples include:
- All of L.L.Bean's new buildings are constructed in accordance with the US Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) program
- L.L.Bean encourages its employees to adopt environmentally friendly commuting options, such as carpooling, biking and walking, and provides access to resources and incentives
- The company's fleet contains biodiesel trucks, buses and hybrid vehicles, and L.L.Bean supports a fleet of propane buses at Acadia National Park
- L.L.Bean recycles more than 83% of its waste, including 5,000 tons of cardboard, and donates unused office supplies and equipment to local schools
We encourage wise stewardship of natural resources and respect for the environment among all of our stakeholders.
L.L.Bean supports outdoor conservation and recreation and demonstrates its outdoor leadership by contributing to local, state, regional and national organizations that help to protect the environment and ensure access to recreational opportunities. In the last five years, the company has contributed nearly $10 million to help promote these programs and develop partnerships that reflect the interests of our customers nationwide who are active stewards of the outdoors.
In particular, the company has a special interest in the Appalachian Trail. In addition to significant contributions to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and the Appalachian Mountain Club, L.L.Bean employees have volunteered over 35,500 hours in 30 years of maintaining an 18.5-mile section of the Appalachian Trail in Maine.
L.L.Bean has contributed significantly to other important partners in conservation whose missions include land acquisition and expansion of stewardship programs. Among those projects are The Trust for Public Land's Katahdin Lake Campaign in Maine; the donation of a nine-acre park/green space in Freeport, Maine; The Nature Conservancy's efforts to preserve for recreational and aesthetic value the St. John River in northern Maine as well as the Debsconeag Lakes in the Katahdin region; the Appalachian Mountain Club's development of the Highland Center, an environmentally innovative center for outdoor adventure, learning and lodging in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire; the Student Conservation Association's initiatives to expand stewardship efforts for youth in our national parks; and protecting the air quality in Acadia National Park by supporting propane-powered buses through Friends of Acadia. These serve as examples of L.L.Bean's commitment to ensuring access to quality outdoor experiences.
In addition to local, state and national conservation groups, L.L.Bean is committed to supporting dozens of health and human service agencies, education partnerships and culture and arts organizations within the communities where the majority of employees live and work. L.L.Bean has donated nearly $3.5 million to health and human service organizations in the past five years. Please see L.L.Bean's charitable giving guidelines for more information.