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Sustainability summary

Nautica has achieved the E-label, because only a little information is published about a policy on sustainability. It is hard to see the effort Nautica is making on sustainability. Therefore, more policy and transparency is needed.

Brand owner: VF Corporation
Head office: Ney York, NY, USA
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: VFC, Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Suits, Jackets, Jeans, Dress, Shoes

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Nautica 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? VFC (brand owner of Nautica) has reduced its climate footprint of own operations from 263,485 tons of CO2e in 2013 to 258,815 tons of CO2e in 2015. This represents a decrease of around 1.8% (see link, "Climate Change 2014 & 2016 Response”). Source
2. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? VFC reports on the use of renewable energy, aims to use renewable energy by 2025 only, but is not clear enough about the overall share of its current renewable energy consumption, as well as sources, types and additionality of renewable energy supply. 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? VFC does not communicate up to date target reductions for its absolute climate footprint of own operations. 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? VFC evaluates the climate impacts of its contracted factories, and is working to increase awareness of carbon use in its supplier base. But, for the time being VFC does not publish clear results, which include emission reductions achieved. 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

2 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? VFC is a member of Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and has defined a sustainable fiber strategy. But, the overall proportion of preferable raw materials currently processed for Nautica garments is not reported. 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? VFC has standards for wastewater treatment in the production of all their products (Chem-IQ). VFC has also published its RSL (see link at Environmental question 9), and gives an annual (but superficial) overview of the progress (as of May 2016). 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? Neither Nautica nor VFC report whether at least 1 out of 11 suspect chemical groups, such as azo dyes or chlorophenols can be considered as fully phased-out in the 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 (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? VFC implements sustainability purchasing criteria for its packaging materials. However, concrete aggregate results regarding its 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? Nautica does not report on the specific annual results of its waste reduction policy. However, brand owner VFC implements several measures to reduce its waste streams and reports on its aggregate annual waste material footprint (more than 69,965 metric tons annually). Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Neither Nautica nor VFC report, whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is stimulated. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 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 VF Corporation's Global Compliance Principles. 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 of 60 hours, not clear whether overtime is voluntary and 'except under extraordinary business circumstances', which can mean anything; 3. No, mention of minimum legal or the prevailing industry wage, not living wage. 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 nothing found about situations in which this right is restricted by law. 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? VFC 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? VFC participates in a number of MSI's, such as FLA (but as a Category B Licensee only) and Social Accountability International (SAI / SA8000). However, VFC does not specify what percentage of factories/annual volume is certified. 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? VFC implements its 'The Third Way' programme at strategic suppliers to improve labour practices, and for instance, to decrease absenteeism of workers. Results such as improved efficiency by 23% for cutting, 41% for sewing and 52% for finishing and product defects decreased by 8.5%, but not with respect to improved labour conditions itself. Source
11. Is at least 95% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? VFC communicates to audit all its 1st tier suppliers (such as sewing, cutting, embroidery, screen-print, laundry). However, the provided information about audit results are not specific enough. 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? VFC reports to work closely with NGO partners, factory owners and workers to advance living wages and safer, more efficient production practices for long-term success. However, clear results of the respective measures are not yet reported. Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? VFC states to audit all its 2nd tier suppliers (such as fabric mills or tanneries) but does not report on results of its labour conditions policy for the fabric manufacturing phases. 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