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First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 7 out of 34

Sustainability summary

Brand owner: Stockmann Group
Head office: Helsinki, Finland
Sector: Casual clothing
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Lindex sustainability score report

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? Lindex sustainability report for 2018 does not have absolute climate footprint. In 2017 sustainability report Lindex has not reduced its climate footprint for its Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions compared to the previous year. Source
2. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Lindex does not communicate its renewable energy policy. "The necessary information regarding energy consumption cannot be obtained. Instead we report on initiatives to reduce the energy consumption in production. 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 2. Source
4. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its supply chain that is 'beyond own operations? Lindex publishes the climate footprint of its supply chain for 2017, reporting an scope 3 emissions figure of 10 581 tons of CO2 (logistics, travel and waste). Such as purchased goods and services, transportation and distribution, and use of sold products are not reported. In the 2018 sustainability report climate footprint is not published. 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? Lindex reports that the absolute annual climate footprint of its supply chain beyond its own operations has increased from 2016 19359 tons of CO2e to 2017 23287 tons of CO2e. In their 2018 sustainability report Lindex does not publish climate footprint. 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? Lindex has set a goal of climate neutrality in own operation by 2023 but it hasn't published it's climate footprint from 2018. Clear milestones and tools for achieving the goal are missing. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

5 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? In 2017, 49 % of Lindex’s entire collection was made of cotton of which 64 % was organic (including GOTS) and 31 % BCI certified. In 2017 Lindex used 4 % of Tencel and used also recycled fibres but does not communicate percentages. 46,55 %of Lindex's entire collection is made of more sustainable cotton and 4 % Tencel= 50,55 environmentally preferred raw mater Source
2. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 10% of its volume? In 2017, 49 % of Lindex’s entire collection was made of cotton of which 64 % was organic (including GOTS) and 31 % BCI certified. In 2017 Lindex used 4 % of Tencel and used also recycled fibres but does not communicate percentages. 46,55 %of Lindex's entire collection is made of more sustainable cotton and 4 % Tencel= 50,55 environmentally preferred raw mate Source
3. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 25% of its volume? In 2017, 49 % of Lindex’s entire collection was made of cotton of which 64 % was organic (including GOTS) and 31 % BCI certified. In 2017 Lindex used 4 % of Tencel and used also recycled fibres but does not communicate percentages. 46,55 %of Lindex's entire collection is made of more sustainable cotton and 4 % Tencel= 50,55 environmentally preferred raw mater Source
4. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 50% of its volume? In 2017, 49 % of Lindex’s entire collection was made of cotton of which 64 % was organic (including GOTS) and 31 % BCI certified. In 2017 Lindex used 4 % of Tencel and used also recycled fibres but does not communicate percentages. 46,55 %of Lindex's entire collection is made of more sustainable cotton and 4 % Tencel= 50,55 environmentally preferred raw mater Source
5. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 75% of its volume? In 2017, 49 % of Lindex’s entire collection was made of cotton of which 64 % was organic (including GOTS) and 31 % BCI certified. In 2017 Lindex used 4 % of Tencel and used also recycled fibres but does not communicate percentages. 46,55 %of Lindex's entire collection is made of more sustainable cotton and 4 % Tencel= 50,55 environmentally preferred raw mate Source
6. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 90% of its volume? In 2017, 49 % of Lindex’s entire collection was made of cotton of which 64 % was organic (including GOTS) and 31 % BCI certified. In 2017 Lindex used 4 % of Tencel and used also recycled fibres but does not communicate percentages. 46,55 %of Lindex's entire collection is made of more sustainable cotton and 4 % Tencel= 50,55 environmentally preferred raw mate 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? Lindex implements several measures to limit the use of hazardous chemicals and has set a goal of producing 80 % of its garments with more sustainable production processes by 2020 ( 26 % 2017, 22 % 2016). Lindex publishes it's RSL but no follow up reports. 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? "Lindex has prohibited the use of PVC, phthalates, PFAS and APEO. ""All per and polyfluorinated compounds in water repellent finishes on finished products and in coatings and laminates etc. are banned."" Concrete results are not public. https://about.lindex.com/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/08/Lindex-Limitations-of-Chemicals-October-20-2016-English.pdf" 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? Lindex does not report the percentage of recycled or renewable materials used for its consumer packaging, but has set a goal: "30 % of our products to be delivered covered in plastic by 2020. 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? Lindex mentions it is active in waste separation and recycling. However, annual results of its waste reduction policy are not specified. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Lindex offers a garment collection system in all of its stores in Finland, Sweden and Norway and the aim is to offer textile collection in all Lindex stores by 2020. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

2 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? Lindex published a CSR report, but regarding labour conditions at suppliers, it does not describe production country spesific results or corrective actions. 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)? Stockmann Group (owner of Lindex) has a whistleblowing channel for the whole group but does not report on a grievance mechanism. 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? Lindex has published a list containing all for Lindex active manufacturing factories. 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? Lindex has published a list of all of its direct suppliers, effective by April 2018, including full addresses. 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 4. 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? Lindex is member of amfori BSCI (see link, page 39, 40) which is not considered a Multi Stakeholder Initiative. Source
7. Does this initiative require clear minimum performance levels for member brands? See remark for labor conditions policy question 6. Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? See remark for labor conditions policy question 6. 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 6. Source
10. Is at least 75% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? See remark for labor conditions policy question 6. Source
11. Is at least 95% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? See remark for labor conditions policy question 6. 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? Lindex does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers. Source
13. Does the brand (owner) publicly commit to a living wage benchmark with defined wages per production region or factory? Lindex has not published any commitment to a living wage benchmark. 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? Lindex 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 14. 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? Lindex does not report on the duration of business relationships with suppliers, nor on a strategy to concentrate production at a limited number of suppliers. Lindex reports that they've consolidated their supply chain and work with fewer suppliers in long-term partnerships but there's no concrete information on the duration or number of suppliers. Source