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Ernsting's family & sustainability


Ernsting's family
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 6 out of 36

Sustainability summary

Ernsting's family has achieved the D-label. Ernsting's family has started to take sustainability into account. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Ernsting’s family GmbH & Co. KG
Head office: Coesfeld-Lette, Germany
Sector: Retailers
Categories : Male, Female, Kids, Baby
Free Tags: Bags, Caps, Pullover, Shirts, Suits, Jackets, Jeans, Dress, Shoes, Boots

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Ernsting's family sustainability score report

Last edited: 20 November 2017 by Beppie
Last reviewed: 2 July 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 7
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Ernsting's Family implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as sourcing and producing renewable energy for its own premises (see link, page 42-51). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Ernsting's Family does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years. So it is not clear if the policy measures actually helped reduce the total annual carbon emissions. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices (see link, page 42-51). Source
3. Is the efficiency of greenhouse gas emissions below 200 kg CO2-eq per square meter shopping floor per year? Ernsting's Family does not provide concrete information about an energy efficiency lower than 200 kg CO2e per square meter shopping floor per year. Source
4. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Ernsting's Family reports a 100% use of green energy, hydro power from Verbund AG, and solar energy generated on-site. However, its renewable energy supply is only verified for the year 2012. More recent data are not made public (see link, page 45). Source
5. Does 100% of the electricity that the brand (company) uses for its ‘own operations’ come from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
6. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Ernsting's Family does not communicate concrete information on overall target reductions for its climate emissions of own operations (see link, page 42-51). Source
7. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations (Scope 3)? Ernsting's Family implements several measures to reduce climate emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations. However, Ernsting's Family does not publish clear results, which include emission reductions achieved (see link, page 42-51). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 out of 15
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Ernsting's Family has defined a sustainable fiber strategy. However, the overall proportion of environmentally preferred raw materials is not communicated (see link, page 24-25). Source
2. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 90% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures to make the clothes and footwear? Ernsting's Family's clothing is GOTS certified. This means that during production high environmental standards maintained for chemical and water use. This certification is applicable to its 'Pure collection' (see link, page 36). Source
8. Has the brand (company) eliminated at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or Per fluorinated chemicals from its entire garment production? Ernsting's Family does not report whether at least 1 out of 11 suspect chemical groups, such as Phthalates or BFRs can be considered as fully phased-out in the global supply chain already. Source
9. Has the brand (company) eliminated at least three suspect chemical groups, such as Phthalates or Per fluorinated chemicals from its entire garment production? See remark for environmental policy question 8. Source
10. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to minimize environmental pollution of chromium and other harmful substances from leather tanning processes, e.g. by waste water treatment or by vegetable tanning? Ernsting's Family does not openly communicate a policy to limit chromium and other harmful substances pollution caused by leather tanning processes. Source
11. Does the brand (company) have a clear target to phase out PVC in their products, and has the brand already achieved a PVC phase out level of more than 90%? Ernsting's Family does not report about having a plan to phase out PVC in their products. Source
12. Has the brand (company) a clear and effective policy to minimize the use of solvents based chemicals in their shoe production, and has the brand already achieved a level of average max. 40 grams of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions per pair of shoes? Ernsting's Family does not openly communicate a policy to reduce solvent based chemicals in their clothing production. Source
13. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of its shipping packaging and carrier bags, by reducing, re-using, recycling and responsible sourcing of packaging materials, and does the brand annually report on these results? Ernsting's Family does not report on the annual results of its consumer packaging reduction policy (see link, page 41). Source
14. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Ernsting's Family does not report on the annual results of its waste reduction policy. Source
15. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Ernsting's Family does not report, whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is stimulated. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

4 out of 14
1. Does the brand (company) have a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) which includes the following standards: No forced or slave labor, no child labor, no discrimination of any kind and a safe and hygienic workplace? Ernsting's Family is a member of Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). For BSCI Code of Conduct, see link for questions 2 and 3 below. In this CoC, all these standards are mentioned (see link, page 16). Source
2. Does this CoC include at least two of the following workers rights: 1. to have a formally registered employment relationship 2. to have a maximum working week of 48 hours with voluntary and paid overtime of 12 hours maximum 3. to have a sufficient living wage? In BSCI CoC: 1. Yes, legally-binding employment relationships; 2. No, maximum workweek of 48 hours, but hours of overtime is not specified; 3. No, suppliers are encouraged but have no obligation to pay adequate compensation when minimum wages are not sufficient (see link, page 4-8). Source
3. Does this Code of Conduct include the right for workers to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively; and in those situations where these rights are restricted under law, the right to facilitate parallel means of independent and free association and bargaining? This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions (see link, page 4). Source
4. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective health and safety policy for the workers in the finishing process of jeans, at least covering the ban on sandblasting? Ernsting's Family has publicly announced a ban on sandblasting (see link, page 19). Source
5. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Ernsting's Family does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source
6. Is the brand (company) a member of a collective initiative that aims to improve labor conditions, or does the brand (company) purchase its supplies from accredited factories with improved labor conditions? Ernsting's Family is a member of BSCI (see link, page 16). Source
7. Do independent civil society organizations like NGO's and labor unions have a decisive voice in this collective initiative or in these certification schemes? Independent civil society organizations do not have a decisive voice in BSCI.  Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Ernsting's Family does not provide concrete information on capacity building measures at its supplying production facilities for improved labour practices (see link, page 12-19 & 55). Source
9. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy? Is at least 90% of the brands production volume from apparel manufacturers monitored for labour conditions? Ernsting's Family does not publicly report outcomes or results of its policies to improve labor conditions at its suppliers (see link, page 12-19 & 55). Source
10. Is at least 25% of the production volume from apparel manufacturers approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FWF, GOTS or SA8000? See remark for labor conditions policy question 9. Source
11. Is at least 50% of the production volume from apparel manufacturers approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FWF, GOTS or SA8000? See remark for labor conditions policy question 9. Source
12. Does the brand (company) implement a policy to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers? Are at least first living wage payments realised? Ernsting's Family does not provide concrete information about implemented measures to establish the payment of living wages at its direct suppliers. Source
13. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy for the fabric manufacturing phases, including a reasonable overview of the number and region of workplaces covered by the policy in relation to the total production volume? Ernsting's Family collaborates with initiatives such as Fairtrade to increase the sustainability of cotton production, but does not publicly report on overall results of its policies to improve labor conditions at its 2nd tier suppliers in the fabric manufacturing phase (see link, page 27-35 & 57). Source
14. Are at least 50% of the fabric manufacturing phases - from spinning to final fabric - approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FLO-Cert, GOTS or SA8000? See remark for labor conditions policy question 13. Source