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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: 8 January 2016 by Marine
Last reviewed: 8 January 2016 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 reducing the energy use in its stores (see link, page 45-46). 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 doesn't publish its total own operations annual climate footprint, but for its headquarters and distribution center only. So it is not clear if the implemented measures actually helped reduce the total annual greenhouse gas emissions (see link, page 45-46). Source
3. Is the efficiency of greenhouse gas emissions below 200 kg CO2-eq per square meter shopping floor per year? Esprit doesn't provide concrete information about an energy efficiency lower than 200 kg CO2e per square meter shopping floor per year (see link, page 45-46). 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 doesn't provide concrete information on the use of renewable energy for its own operations (see link, page 45-46). 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 doesn't communicate any information on target reductions for its emitted greenhouse gas emissions. 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 implements measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations, like its program in collaboration with 'Reset Carbon' that focuses on water and energy usage in textile production. However, Esprit doesn't publish clear results, which include emission reductions achieved (see link, page 33). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

3 out of 15
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Esprit reports to process recycled and organic raw materials, such as recycled wool, recycled polyester, organic linen or recycled and organic cotton. But, it is not clear what percentage this represents. Note: 90% of the cotton used in its FY 14/15 newborn and kids essential collections was organic, and processing was GOTS-certified (see link page 23-24) 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 has signed the Greenpeace 'Zero-Discharge Commitment'. Companies that signed this document promise to 'eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures that are associated with the making and using of company's products, by 2020'. 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 states that Per fluorinated chemicals (PFCs) were successfully removed from all its products, effective by August 2014 (see link, page 33). 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 9. In addition Phthalates are banned, plus the detection limit is as progressive as from bluesign® standard. However, it remains unclear, whether at least three hazardous chemical groups, such as Azo Dyes, can be considered eliminated. 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, p. 1). 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 doesn't openly communicate a policy to reduce solvent based chemicals in their clothing production (see link, page 33). 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 states to for instance use recycled paper bags. However, Esprit doesn't report on aggregate annual results of its consumer packaging footprint (see link, page 44). 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 doesn't report on the annual results of its waste reduction policy. Source
15. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Esprit has partnered with I:CO in Germany and Austria in 2011 and 2012, encouraging customers to bring back used clothes to their stores in return for coupons. However, Esprit doesn't report, whether the return or re-use of garments is currently 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? Esprit is a member of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). For BSCI Code of Conduct, see link questions 2&3 below. In this CoC, all these standards are mentioned (see link, page 29-30). 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? In BSCI CoC: This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions (see link, page 4-5). 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 states sandblasting is prohibited for the production of its fabrics (see link, page 2 & 16). 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 doesn't provide a significant list of direct suppliers (see link, page 27). 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 29). 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 doesn't 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 26-31). 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 states that the supplying factories are audited periodically and gives the percentages audited per country through BSCI, Better Work and the Esprit Internal audit Program. However, Esprit doesn't publicly report clear enough results of its measures to improve labor conditions at its supplying factories (see link, page 30). 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 doesn't provide concrete information about policy 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? Esprit sources cotton certified by GOTS, which requires compliance with sufficient social criteria along the value chain of fabric manufacturing. However, Esprit is not clear about the proportion of such certified cotton sourced and doesn't report on results of its labour conditions policy for the fabric manufacturing phases (see link page 24-31). 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