World Apparel & Footwear Life Cycle Assessment Database

To drive metrics-based sustainability programs, companies in the fashion industry are increasingly looking for reliable data to make informed decisions and to prioritize their sustainability efforts.

Life Cycle Assessments provide a comprehensive and holistic way to assess environmental impacts over the full value chain; yet, credible data on the environmental impacts in supply chains in the apparel and footwear industry is still limited.

The World Apparel and Footwear Life Cycle Assessment Database (WALDB) was founded by Quantis together with a pre-competitive consortium of leading organizations and companies from the apparel and footwear sector to solve this data challenge and to deliver robust data for environmental impact assessment and footprinting.

"Through WALDB, Quantis is providing useful and high quality LCA data on the impacts of apparel and footwear supply chains. This information is critical for good decision making and will inform and support sustainability strategies across the industry for years to come"

Sylvie Benard
Environmental Director, LVMH

Pre-competitive collaboration to measure environmental impacts

WALDB brings together partners from the industry in an open and pre-competitive dialogue to address the needs and challenges of environmental footprinting. The partners work together to expand the database with reliable data on the processes along the apparel and footwear value chains.

A broad spectrum of applications:
Identifying hotspots,
Tracking progress,
Quantifying benefits on actions taken to reduce environmental impacts,
Empowering business decisions,
Setting bold targets,
Engaging with stakeholders...

WALDB enables apparel and footwear companies to identify environmental hotspots along their value chain as well as to quantify the benefits of improvement and reduction measures.

In addition, credible communications and marketing efforts can be built on sound metric-based footprint data, which can be used for sustainability reporting in full compliance with relevant ISO Standards. Our work on the European Commission’s Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) initiative will be used to update the methodology to ensure harmonization.

More than 500+ Datasets

The WALDB partners work together to collect comprehensive datasets based on primary data from the partners and on existing data from scientific studies. The datasets will continuously be expanded according to the needs of the partners.


Partners have included Hugo Boss, Kering, legero united, Lenzing, LVMH, SOEX Group/I:CO, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment. Here are the current partners: