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Tom Tailor & sustainability


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Sustainability summary

Tom Tailor has achieved the D-label. According to us, the brand has started to take sustainability into account. Most of its score is attributable to its membership of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). Apart from that, some of Tom Tailor's clothing is GOTS certified. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Tom Tailor Group
Head office: Hamburg, Germany
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Caps, Shirts, Pulllover, Suits, Jackets, Jeans, Dress, Shoes, Boots

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Tom Tailor 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? Tom Tailor Group does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years. So it is not clear if the policy measures actually helped to reduce the total annual greenhouse gas emissions. Source
2. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Tom Tailor Group 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? Tom Tailor Group does not communicate any information on target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions. 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? Tom Tailor Group reports being a founding member of the Carbon Performance Improvement Initiative (CPI2), a joint initiative to reduce carbon emissions in supply chains. However, the company does not report concrete information / results about its suppliers (see link, page 4). 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

1 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Tom Tailor Group uses preferable raw materials, such as organic cotton for some of its products, but it is not clear what percentage of the total annual volume this represents (see link, page 4). 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? Tom Tailor's clothing is GOTS certified, which means that high standards are maintained for suitable chemical use and water policies during production. This certification is applicable to some of the organic collection (see link, page 4). 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? Tom Tailor Group does not report whether at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or Perfluorinated chemicals can be considered as fully eliminated from its 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? Tom Tailor Group does not communicate any information about its consumer packaging reduction policies. 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? Tom Tailor Group does not communicate any information about its waste reduction policies. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Tom Tailor Group does not report whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is encouraged. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

3 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? Tom Tailor Group is a member of Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). For BSCI's Code of Conduct, see link for labor conditions questions 2&3 below. In this CoC, all these standards are mentioned. 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? In BSCI CoC: 1. Yes, legally-binding employment relationships; 2. No, maximum workweek of 48 hours, but hours of overtime is not specified; 3. No, suppliers are encouraged but have no obligation to pay adequate compensation when minimum wages are not sufficient (see link, pages 4 - 8). 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? In BSCI CoC: This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions (see link, page 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? Score-unknown   Source
7. Does this initiative require clear minimum performance levels for member brands? Tom Tailor Group 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? Tom Tailor Group is a member of BSCI. Source
9. Is at least 50% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Independent civil society organizations do not have a decisive voice in BSCI. Source
10. Is at least 75% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Tom Tailor Group implements policy measures to improve labor practices at its apparel manufacturers, namely setting up community and training centers in southern India. However, tangible results, such as wages increased or working hours decreased, are not reported. Source
11. Is at least 95% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Tom Tailor Group states that its supplying factories are audited periodically by independent agencies and Tom Tailor's own purchasing company. However, Tom Tailor Group does not publicly report clear results of its implemented 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? Tom Tailor Group does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labor 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? Tom Tailor Group mentions the be member of the 'Social Standards and Living Wages working group', but does not report concrete information about implemented measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers (see link, page 3). Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? Tom Tailor Group does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers. 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