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Fruit of the Loom & sustainability


Fruit of the Loom
Dont buy Click here for score rapport: 4 out of 34

Sustainability summary

Fruit of the Loom has achieved the D-label. The company has taken good steps in the area of labor conditions, for example workers’ rights. In the area of environmental policy there is room for improvement. We would love to see that Fruit of the Loom will make more use of environmentally 'preferred' raw materials in order to improve the score.

Brand owner: Fruit of the Loom, Inc
Head office: Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Shirts

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Fruit of the Loom sustainability score report

Last edited: 21 April 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 21 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? Fruit of the Loom claims its climate footprint has reduced by 3,914 metric tons of CO2e in 2013. However, Fruit of the Loom does not publicly provide up to date details of this climate footprint (or where to find it) on its website. Source
2. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Fruit of the Loom reports on using renewable energy (especially bio-mass), but does not specify its overall percentage share. 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? Fruit of the Loom doesn't communicate up to date information on total target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions, but only until 2015 (40%). 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? Fruit of the Loom requires from all suppliers to sign a Code of Conduct (CoC) which includes a standard on environmental compliance. Suppliers should maintain records and auditors conduct inspections to ensure compliance with the CoC. However, no explicit goals or requirements for suppliers are given (see link, page 6). 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? Fruit of the Loom does not communicate any information concerning the use of environmentally 'preferred' raw materials in their environmental policy. 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? In 2013, Fruit of the Loom implemented policies that reduced chemicals usage by 2,798 pounds. More recent results are not reported however. 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? Fruit of the Loom doesn't report whether at least one suspect chemical group, such as azo dyes or heavy metals an be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production. 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 (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? Fruit of the Loom communicates a packaging reduction policy. However, concrete aggregate results regarding its consumer packaging materials footprint are not made public. 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? Fruit of the Loom recycled 84% (51 million pounds) of its total waste in 2013. More recent results are not reported however. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Fruit of the Loom does not report whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is encouraged. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

4 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? All standards are mentioned in Fruit of the Loom's Code of Conduct (CoC). 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? 1. Not mentioned; 2. No, maximum working week is 48 hours and a maximum of 12 overtime, 'except under extraordinary business circumstances', which can mean anything; 3. Yes, commitment to implement payment that meets worker's basic needs and provide some discretionary income. 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? Freedom of association is mentioned, but for situations in which this right is restricted by law the requirements aren't strong enough. 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? Fruit of the Loom has published a list which most likely covers 90% of Fruit of the Loom's total production. Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Fruit of the Loom is a member of Fair Labor Association. In addition, Fruit of the Loom reports that all supplier are WRAP certified. Source
9. Is at least 50% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Fair Labor Association is acknowledged as a ‘Multi Stakeholder Initiative’ (MSI). Source
10. Is at least 75% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Fruit of the Loom 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? Fruit of the Loom states that the supplying factories are audited periodically by independent agencies. However, Fruit of the Loom does not publicly report clear results of its policy measures 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? Fruit of the Loom does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its suppliers, which are verified by eligible third parties. 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 9. 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? Fruit of the Loom does not provide concrete information about implemented measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers. Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? Fruit of the Loom does not publicly report clear results of its policy measures to improve labour conditions at its fabric manufacturer. 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 12. Source