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Tommy Hilfiger & sustainability


Tommy Hilfiger
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 7 out of 31

Sustainability summary

Tommy Hilfiger has achieved the D-label. According to us, the brand is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed. More points can be scored on the reduction of carbon emissions, more use of sustainable materials, cleaner production processes and by further improving the labor conditions.

Brand owner: Phillips-Van Heusen Corp.
Head office: New York, NY, USA
Sector: Premium brands
Categories : Male, Female, Kids, Baby
Free Tags: PVH, Bags, Caps, Pullover, Shirts, Suits, Jackets, Jeans, Shoes

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Tommy Hilfiger sustainability score report

Last edited: 27 April 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 27 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? Tommy Hilfiger implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as energy efficiency measures (see link, page 32). 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? PVH (brand owner of Tommy Hifliger) publicly reports its climate footprint. The 2015 footprint of own operations (134,459 MTCO2e) (see link, next question, page 33) represents an increase of around 46% compared to 2013 (92,095 MTCO2e) (see link, page 19). Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? PVH reports on the use of renewable energy, but is neither clear about the total percentage share nor about the sources of supply (see link, page 31 & 32). 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? Tommy Hilfiger has set a target to reduce its climate footprint by 20% by 2020 compared to 2014 levels. 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)? Tommy Hilfiger mentions the target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations, but neither Tommy Hilfiger nor PVH provide concrete information on measures implemented, and results achieved. 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? PVH (brand owner of Tommy Hilfiger) indicates a sustainable material use (Tencel, organic, recycled and Better cotton) by Tommy Hilfiger which maybe exceed the 25% threshold. However, this is not clearly specified. A share higher than 5% can be considered certain however (see link, page 36 & 37). 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? PVH has published a clear commitment to eliminate all hazardous chemicals by 2020 and published its Restricted Substances List (RSL), but does not clearly describe any concrete performance. According to Greenpeace PVH avoids tackling the problem with the seriousness it deserves. 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? PVH implements a chemical elimination strategy which, by 2018, shall will lead to the elimination of APEOs and PFCs from its supply chain and accelerate the move to non-PFC technologies. But, PVH does not report whether at least one other suspect chemical group, such as azo dyes can 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? Tommy Hilfiger communicates a consumer packaging reduction policy. But, neither Tommy Hilfiger nor PVH publish concrete aggregate results regarding its annual consumer packaging materials footprint. 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? PVH and Tommy Hilfiger implement several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its generated waste. Furthermore, concrete aggregate results regarding of PVH's waste materials footprint are reported (see link, page 48). Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Neither PVH nor Tommy Hilfiger 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 PVH Code of Conduct (see link, page 2). 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 of living wages (see link, page 1-3). 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 nothing found about situations in which this right is restricted by law (see link, page 2). 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? Neither Tommy Hilfiger nor PVH publish a list of direct suppliers (see link, page 19). 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? PVH is a member of the Fair Labor Association (FLA) (see link, page 18). 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? FLA is recognized as a multi-stakeholder initiative. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? PVH collaborates with initiatives such as 'Better Work', but does not clearly report whether measures at its supplying production facilities are implemented to achieve improved labour practices with respect to product and / or production process quality (see link, starting on page 16-21). 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? PVH publishes an overview of the auditing process. But, it remains unclear whether at least 90% of its production volume were monitored in 2015. In addition, PVH does not clearly and comprehensively specify results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its supplying factories (see link, page 16-23). 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? PVH does not clearly report if and how much production volume is approved as socially compliant by independent third parties (see link, page 16-23). 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? PVH starts to address the issue of fair and living wages in partnership with the FLA, and plans to launch a fair compensation plan by the end of 2017. Whether first living wage payments are realized is not yet specified (see link, page 18). 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? PVH does not publicly report clear results of implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers. 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