Social Responsibility
Social responsibility is a priority at L.L.Bean. As a stakeholder company, we believe that our purpose is to add value to everyone who has a vested interest in L.L.Bean. Our success depends on how well we meet the objectives of our stakeholders: our customers, employees, shareholders, vendors, communities and the natural environment.

Environmental Stewardship:
We support the environment through a variety of responsible business practices such as the promotion of sustainable forest initiatives, charitable giving, recycling, energy conservation, alternative fuel use and green building practices.
  • All of L.L.Bean's new buildings are constructed in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) program.
  • L.L.Bean supports the Island Explorer bus system in Acadia National Park providing eco-friendly free transportation for all visitors. The L.L.Bean truck fleet contains biodiesel trucks, buses and hybrid vehicles.
  • We recycle more than 83% of our waste, including more than 5000 tons of cardboard each year and we donate unused office supplies and equipment to local schools.
Labor Rights and Labor Conditions:
L.L.Bean’s dedication to labor rights is served through careful monitoring of factories.

We constantly benchmark and review our factory-monitoring program through collaboration with other organizations that conduct monitoring, by participating in projects and conferences, and through frequent internal reviews. We also work with consultants to upgrade our practices and conduct frequent staff training exercises. We are members of the Fair Factories Clearinghouse, along with other like-minded brands that are committed to best practices in factories. We support the International Labor Organization’s Better Work program with a goal toward improving working conditions further upstream in our supply chain, including fabric mills and parts suppliers.

Supporting Our Communities:
Our customers, local communities and employees are an integral part of who we are. We strive to support each by providing opportunities for conservation, recreation, culture, education and health and human services.
  • In Maine, L.L.Bean contributes to statewide initiatives and local education partnerships to improve the quality of education for the children of our employees and neighbors.
  • We support health and human services primarily through the United Way organizations in communities where we have a major physical presence. These donations reflect our belief in supporting the physical and emotional well-being of our employees, their families and our neighbors.
A Legacy of Giving:
When Leon Gorman became president of L.L.Bean in 1967, he introduced the concept of environmental stewardship as a corporate value. Long before "going green" was a popular trend, Leon worked towards protecting and preserving our natural resources. L.L.Bean has a history of giving significant charitable contributions to hundreds of environmental projects and organizations.
  • L.L.Bean was a proud supporter of the Katahdin Lake Campaign, an effort to secure a tract of land that included the pristine Katahdin Lake, old growth forests and a view of Mount Katahdin.
  • In celebration of our 95th anniversary in 2007, we donated $1 million to help The Trust for Public Land’s campaign to purchase and gift this land to Baxter State Park in Maine.
  • In honor of L.L. Bean’s 100th Anniversary in 2012, the company committed $2.5 million focused specifically on increasing the participation factor of young people in outdoor pursuits. The National Park Foundation received $1 million and has already helped kids and teens across the country get outdoors and work with mentors. They’ve hiked in national parks, kayaked along national seashores, and worked an archeological dig.
  • Over the last 10 years, L.L. Bean has donated close to $30 million to nonprofit organizations. Groups receiving Community Grants this year include the Appalachian Mountain Club, American Canoe Association, Nature Conservancy, Maine Audubon, Maine Island Trails Association, and sporting groups such as Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Ruffed Grouse Society, and Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.
  • Created by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), The Maine Woods Initiative (MWI) was designed to develop land conservation and recreational opportunities in Maine's 100-Mile Wilderness. L.L.Bean has donated $500,000 as well as products to support this effort.

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