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Esprit
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 8 out of 36

Sustainability summary

Esprit has achieved the D-label. According to us, Esprit is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed. Esprit got most points for its membership of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). Furthermore, Esprit banned sandblasting from its production, as well as PVC and signed the Greenpeace Detox Commitment. The brand can gain a higher score by being more transparent on its complete climate footprint and its overall use of recycled and organic raw materials.

Brand owner: Esprit Holdings
Head office: Ratingen, Germany
Sector: Retailers
Categories : Male, Female, Kids, Baby
Free Tags: Bags, Pullover, Shirts, Suits, Jackets, Jeans, Dress, Shoes, Boots

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Esprit sustainability score report

Last edited: 2 October 2017 by Beppie
Last reviewed: 2 September 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? Esprit implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as energy efficiency measures (see link, page 36-39). 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? Esprit does not publish its total own operations annual climate footprint, but for some of its premises only. So it is not clear if the implemented measures actually helped reduce the total annual greenhouse gas emissions (see link, page 36). Source
3. Is the efficiency of greenhouse gas emissions below 200 kg CO2-eq per square meter shopping floor per year? Esprit does not provide concrete information about an energy efficiency lower than 200 kg CO2e per square meter shopping floor per year (see link, page 36-39). Source
4. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Esprit does not provide concrete information on the use of renewable energy for its own operations (see link, page 36-39). 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? Esprit does not communicate any information on target reductions for its emitted greenhouse gas emissions of own operations (see link, page 20). 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)? Esprit does not communicate a clear policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations (see link, page 36-39). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 15
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Esprit does not communicate concrete results on the use of environmentally preferred raw materials, such as organic cotton or recycled materials (see link, page 9, 22 & 23). Source
2. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 10% of its volume? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 25% of its volume? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 50% of its volume? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 75% of its volume? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 90% of its volume? See remark for carbon emissions 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? Esprit implements measures to limit the use of hazardous chemicals. However, according to Greenpeace, Esprit is categorized as 'Faux-Pas' in doing so. 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? Esprit communicates that Per fluorinated chemicals (PFCs) were successfully removed from all its products, effective by December 2014 (see link, page 34). 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? Esprit has prohibited the use of PFC in the manufacture of its garments. However, Esprit does not report whether at least three suspect chemical groups, such as azo dyes or phthalates can be considered as fully eliminated in its entire production chain. 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? Esprit reports a policy to limit the use of chromium III / VI in its RSL, but doesn't provide concrete information on the performance to avoid environmental pollution of chromium and other harmful substances from 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%? According to its RSL, Esprit reports that the use of PVC is not allowed in its products (see link, page 14). 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? Esprit 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? Esprit implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its consumer packaging, but does not report on the annual results of its consumer packaging policy (see link, page 20 & 28). 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? Esprit implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its waste materials. But, concrete aggregate results regarding its waste materials footprint are not made public (see link, page 40). Source
15. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Esprit does not report clearly, whether the return or re-use of garments is currently stimulated. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

5 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? All standards are mentioned in Esprit's Code of Conduct (see link, page 8-15). 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? Yes, legally-binding employment relationships; 2. Yes, maximum working week is 48 hours and overtime (max 12 hours) is voluntary; 3. Yes, wage payments be sufficient to meet basic needs and provide some discretionary income for workers and families (see link, page 12-14). 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 10). 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? Esprit has not publicly issued that sandblasting is banned from the brand's supply chains. 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? Esprit provides a significant list of direct suppliers, effective by August 2017. 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? Esprit is a member of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (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? Esprit does not provide concrete information on capacity building measures at its supplying production facilities for improved labour practices, such as more efficient production processes (see link, page 26-34). 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? Esprit communicates that the supplying factories are audited periodically and gives the %-share audited per country through BSCI, Better Work and the Esprit Internal audit Program. But, Esprit does not publicly report clear enough results of its measures to improve labor conditions at its supplying factories (see link, page 26-34). 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? Esprit implements measures to achieve the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers. Whether first living wage payments are realized is not yet specified however (see link, page 26-34). 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? Esprit does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers (see link page 26-34). 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