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Ulla Popken
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Sustainability summary

Ulla Popken receives a E-label according to our criteria to the business sustainability. That is the lowest level in our the ranking. Hardly published information to climate protection and environmental employment is a reason for it. As a member of the Businesses Social Compliance Initiative Ulla Popken exerts herself however actively for the improvement of the conditions of work in the subcontracting firms. The code of conduct exhibits however still substantial weaknesses.

Brand owner: Popken Fashion Group
Head office: Radstede, Germany
Sector: Retailers
Categories : Female
Free Tags: Caps, Pullover, Shirts, Suits, Jackets, Jeans, Dress

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Ulla Popken sustainability score report

Last edited: 12 March 2015 by Heinz
Last reviewed: 12 March 2015 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

0 out of 7
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Ulla Popken does not openly communicate a policy to reduce carbon emissions, if indeed the brand has one. Sustainability information should be easily accessible to enable consumers to make more responsible choices. 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? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source
3. Is the efficiency of greenhouse gas emissions below 200 kg CO2-eq per square meter shopping floor per year? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source
4. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. 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 1. 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? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. 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)? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. 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? Ulla Popken has a "Pure by Ulla Popken" collection where many items are certified with the GOTS certificate, but it is not clear what percentage of the total volume this represents. 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? Many products of the label "Pure by Ulla Popken" are GOTS certificated which means that in this respect high standards are maintained for suitable chemical use and water policies during production. 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? Ulla Popken or the brand owner does not report if at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or Perfluorinated chemicals can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production chain. 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? Ulla Popken or the brand owner does not openly communicate a policy to limit chromium and other harmful substances pollution caused by leather tanning processes. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. 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%? Ulla Popken or the brand owner does not report about having a plan to phase out PVC in their products. Sustainability information should be easily accessible to enable consumers to make more responsible choices 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? Ulla Popken or the brand owner does not openly communicate a policy to reduce solvent based chemicals in their shoe production. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices 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? Ulla Popken or the brand owner does not communicate any information about the take back, packaging improvement or weight reduction goals/initiatives/actions for its packaging, if there is any, on its website. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. 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? Ulla Popken or the brand owner does not communicate any information about its waste reduction policies. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to compare brands and make more responsible choices. Source
15. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Ulla Popken or the brand owner does not report whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is encouraged. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

3 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? The brand owner, Popken Fashion group, is a member of BSCI. For BSCI Code of Conduct, see link for questions 2&3 below. In this CoC, all these standards are mentioned. 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 pages 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 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? Ulla Popken does not report about a clear and effective health and safety policy and 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? Ulla Popken or the brand owner does not provide a list of direct suppliers on its website. 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? The brand owner, Popken Fashion group is a member of the BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) 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? Ulla Popken or the brand owner does not report whether policy measures at its supplying production facilities are implemented to achieve improved labour practices with respect to product and / or production process quality. 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? Ulla Popken does not publicly report outcomes or results of its policies to improve labor conditions at its suppliers. 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? Ulla Popken has a "Pure by Ulla Popken" collection where many items are certified with the GOTS certificate, but it is not clear what percentage of the total volume this represents. 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? Ulla Popken does not provide tangible 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? Ulla Popken does not annually report on results of its labour conditions policy for the fabric manufacturing phases. It reports to source cotton certified by GOTS but is not clear about the relation to the total production volume. (see also link to question 12). 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? Many products of the label "Pure by Ulla Popken" are GOTS certicated, but the exact amount is not reported and is still unclear. Source