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French Connection
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Sustainability summary

French Connection has achieved the E-label. This is our lowest possible sustainability score, and French Connection has earned it by communicating hardly any concrete about the policies for environment, carbon emissions or labor conditions in low-wages countries. For us as consumers, it is unclear whether French Connection is committed to sustainability or not.

Brand owner: French Connection Group PLC
Head office: London, UK
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: FCUK, Bags, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Jeans, Dress, Shoes, Boots

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French Connection sustainability score report

Last edited: 13 April 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 13 April 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

0 out of 6
1. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its 'own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? French Connection reduced its own operations climate footprint from 4,924 tons of CO2e in 2015 to 4,446 tons of CO2e in 2015, which represents a reduction of around 9,4%. Source
2. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? French Connection does not communicate its renewable energy policy. Source
3. Is all the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
4. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its supply chain that is 'beyond own operations? French Connection shows it reduces their greenhouse gas emissions, but does not specify a target percentage and year. Source
5. Has the brand (owner) accomplished a reduction of this annual absolute climate footprint 'beyond own operations' compared to the result of the previous reporting year? French Connection does not communicate a policy to reduce the climate emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations. Source
6. Has the brand (owner) set a target to make at least its own operations fully climate neutral by 2030, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? Score-unknown   Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

0 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? French Connection does not communicate a clear policy for substituting conventional raw materials with environmentally friendlier alternatives. 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? French Connection does not communicate concrete information on an environmental policy to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures to make the garments. 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? See remark for environmental policy question 7. 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 7. Source
10. Does the brand (owner) report what percentage of its consumer packaging materials are renewable or made from recycled materials, and does the brand implement best practices or concrete policies which have reduced the environmental impact of their packaging materials? French Connection does not report on the annual results of its consumer packaging policy. Source
11. Does the brand (owner) publish its absolute waste materials footprint and implement concrete policies to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, thereby decreasing its waste footprint compared to the previous reporting year? French Connection does not communicate any information about its waste reduction policies. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? French Connection does not report whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is encouraged. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 out of 16
1. Does the brand (owner) have a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) which includes all standards to ensure workers' rights such as no child labour, no bonded labour, a safe workplace and no excessive overwork? And is there at least a progress report once every two years on implementation of this Code of Conduct? French Connection mentions that there are guidelines and states to specifically avoid suppliers or regions where the employment or environmental practices are known to be below acceptable standards. However, no clear Code of Conduct (CoC) is published. Source
2. Does the brand (owner) have a policy to make sure there is a proper grievance mechanism in place for factory workers and are at least 25% of workers informed about their rights regarding this mechanism (e.g. through training)? Score-unknown   Source
3. Does the brand (owner) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
4. Is this supplier list specific? Are e.g. the addresses of direct suppliers included, and/or are the specific products mentioned per factory? Score-unknown   Source
5. Is the list of direct suppliers extended with suppliers further down the supply chain, with a minimum of 40% in number compared to the direct suppliers? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
6. Is the brand (owner) a member of a collective initiative that aims to improve labor conditions, in which civil society organizations like NGOs and labor unions have a decisive voice, or does the brand purchase at least 50% from certified manufacturers with improved labor conditions? Score-unknown   Source
7. Does this initiative require clear minimum performance levels for member brands? French Connection does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? French Connection does not communicate any information about being part of a collective initiative or purchasing from an accredited supplier. Source
9. Is at least 50% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? See remark for labor conditions policy question 5. Source
10. Is at least 75% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? French Connection does not report whether measures at its supplying production facilities are implemented to achieve improved labour practices with respect to product and / or production process quality. Source
11. Is at least 95% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? French Connection does not publicly report outcomes or results of its policies to improve labor conditions at its supplying factories. Source
12. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy for the leather, yarn and fabric production phases, including a reasonable overview of the number and region of workplaces covered by the policy in relation to the total production volume? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
13. Does the brand (owner) publicly commit to a living wage benchmark with defined wages per production region or factory? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
14. Does the brand (owner) set a target to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
16. Does the brand (owner) adhere to buying practices that enable living wages and good labour conditions, such as long-term relations with factories, and concentrating production at limited number of factories? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source