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Marc O'Polo & sustainability


Marc O'Polo
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 6 out of 31

Sustainability summary

Marc O'Polo has achieved the D-label. According to us, Marc O'Polo has started to take sustainability into account, such as measures to reduce carbon emissions and membership of BSCI. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Marc O'Polo International GmbH
Head office: Stephanskirchen, Germany
Sector: Premium brands
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Bags, Caps, Pullover, Shirts, Jackets, Jeans, Dress, Shoes, Boots

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Marc O'Polo 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? Marc O'Polo implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as energy efficiency measures and using renewable energy (see link, pages 40-43). 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? Marc O'Polo publicly reports its own operations climate footprint. In 2015/16, it had a total footprint of around 8,200 tons of CO2e. However, a climate footprint of previous years is not made public (see link, page 42). Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Marc O'Polo 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 40-43). 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? Marc O'Polo does not communicate concrete information on total target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions (see link, page 40-43). 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)? Marc O'Polo does not communicate a clear policy to reduce the climate emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations (see link, page 40-43). 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? In 2016, approximately 8% of Marc O'Polo’s entire production was made of organic cotton, linen and wool fibres from certified organic agriculture. The share of organic cotton and linen is not clearly specified, a share higher than 5% can be considered certain however (see link, page 26-29). 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? Marc O'Polo's clothing is GOTS certified. This means that during production high environmental standards maintained for chemical and water use. This certification is applicable to some of the entire collection (see link, page 27-28). 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? Marc O'Polo 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. 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? Marco O'Polo communicates to use FSC certified paper for its carrier bags. However, concrete aggregate results regarding its packaging materials footprint are not made public (see link, page 29). 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? Marc O'Polo implements several measures to reduce its waste material footprint. But, concrete aggregate results regarding its waste materials footprint are not made public (see link, page 29 & 42). Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Marc O'Polo communicates its striving to enter into a cooperation to promote textile recycling, but does not report whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is encouraged already (see link, page 29). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

3 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? Marc O'Polo is a member of Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). For BSCI Code of Conduct, see link for questions 2&3 below. In this CoC, all these standards are mentioned (see link, page 22). 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? 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 pages 4 - 8). 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? In BSCI CoC: This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions (see page 4). 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? Marc O'Polo does not publish a significant list of direct suppliers. 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? Marc O'Polo is a member of BSCI (see link, page 22). 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? Independent civil society organizations do not have a decisive voice in BSCI. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Marc O'Polo 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, page 19-25). 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? Marc O'Polo does not publicly report clear results of implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its apparel manufacturers (see link, page 19-25). 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? Marc O'Polo does not clearly report how much production volume is approved as socially compliant by independent third parties (see link, page 19-25). 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? Marc O'Polo does not provide concrete information about implemented measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers (see link, page 19-25). 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? Marc O'Polo does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers (see link, page 19-25). 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