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Fruit of the Loom & sustainability


Fruit of the Loom
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 5 out of 31

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

1 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Fruit of the Loom implements several policy measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as energy efficiency measures. 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? 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
3. 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
4. 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
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? 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
6.  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)? 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

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 (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? 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 (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? 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 13
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 Fruit of the Loom's Code of Conduct (CoC). 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 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
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? Freedom of association is mentioned, but for situations in which this right is restricted by law the requirements aren't strong enough. Source
4. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Fruit of the Loom has published a list which most likely covers 90% of Fruit of the Loom's total production. Source
5. 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? 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
6. Do independent civil society organizations like NGO's and labor unions have a decisive voice in this collective initiative or in these certification schemes? Fair Labor Association is acknowledged as a ‘Multi Stakeholder Initiative’ (MSI). Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? 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
8. 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? 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
9. 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? 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
10. 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
11. 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? Fruit of the Loom does not provide concrete information about implemented measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers. Source
12. 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? Fruit of the Loom does not publicly report clear results of its policy measures to improve labour conditions at its fabric manufacturer. Source
13. 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 12. Source