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First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 7 out of 36

Sustainability summary

Based on our sustainability criteria, Next has achieved the D-label. According to us, Next has started to take sustainability into account, by implementing measures to reduce carbon emissions or by collaborating with several organisation, such as Ethical Trading Initiative, to improve the labor conditions in its supply chain. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Next Retail Ltd.
Head office: Leicester, UK
Sector: Retailers
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Next, Bags, Caps, Pullover, Shirts, Suits, Jackets, Jeans, Dress, Shoes, Boots

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Next 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? Next implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as energy efficiency measures (see link, starting on page 19). 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? Next reduced its global climate footprint from 196,928 tonnes of CO2e in 2014, to 191,127 tonnes of CO2e in 2015. That represents a reduction of around 3% (see link, next question, page 21). Source
3. Is the efficiency of greenhouse gas emissions below 200 kg CO2-eq per square meter shopping floor per year? Next reports that the CO2e efficiency per square meter for its stores, warehouses and offices in the UK & Ireland was 93kg in 2015. However, no CO2e efficiency per square meter in other countries, where Next stores are located, is reported (see link, page 23). Source
4. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Next does not communicate its renewable energy policy. 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? Next does not communicate up to date target reductions for its CO2e 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)? Next does not communicate a policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations. 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? Next has defined a sustainable fiber strategy. However, the overall proportion of environmentally preferred raw materials is not communicated (see link, page 12). 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? Next implements measures to limit the use of hazardous chemicals, but has not published any commitment to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole life cycle of products up to a specific date (see link, page 13). 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? Next 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? Next 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%? Next 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? Next 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? Next implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its consumer packaging. However, concrete aggregate results regarding its packaging materials footprint are not made public. 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? Next implements several policy measures to minimize waste, such as recycling waste generated at its stores and reports aggregate results reg. its waste produced in weights in the UK and Ireland (see link, p.37 & 38). Source
15. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Next does not report, whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is 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 Next's Code of Conduct (CoC) (see link, page 3 & 4). 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? 1. Not clearly mentioned; 2. Yes, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime (max 12 hours) is voluntary; 3. Yes, commitment to implement payment of living wages (see link, page 3). 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 3). 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? Next 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? Next 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? Next is a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) (see link, page 8). 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? Next is a member of ETI, which means that Labor Unions and/or business-independent NGO’s have a formal and co-decisive voice within the initiative and are co-responsible for the integrity and credibility of the initiative. Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Next does not report clearly whether measures at its supplying production facilities are implemented to achieve improved labour practices with respect to product and / or production process quality (see link, page 7-11). 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? Next publishes an overview of the auditing process. But, it remains unclear whether at least 90% of its production volume were monitored in 2015. In addition, Next does not clearly and comprehensively specify results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its apparel manufacturers (see link, page 7-11). 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? It remains unclear whether at least 25% of Next's production volume is verified as compliant against the standards from eligible third parties or certification schemes (see link, page 7-11). 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 10. 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? Next does not provide concrete information about implemented measures to establish the payment of living wages at its direct suppliers (see link, page 7-11). 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? Next communicates it has continued to undertake audits on the 2nd tier factories its suppliers and their factories are using to improve the transparency of Next's supply chain, but does not report on results of its labour conditions policy for the fabric manufacturing phases from spinning to final fabric (see link, page 9). 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