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Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: ASICS Ltd.
Head office: Kobe, Japan
Sector: Sport & outdoor - clothing & shoes
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Dress, Shoes

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Asics sustainability score report

Last edited: 24 June 2015 by Norbert
Last reviewed: 24 June 2015 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? Asisc implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as energy saving or sourcing renewable energy (see link, starting on page 13). 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? Asics increased its own operations climate footprint from 11,632 tons of CO2 in 2011 to 16,758 tons of CO2 in 2013, which represents an increase of around 0,7% (see link, page 13). Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Asics reports for 2013 to have used 6,5% renewable energy on total electricity consumption, but does not make clear from what kind of resource, and does not inform about the degree of additionality (see link, page 13). Source
4. Does 100% of the electricity that the brand (company) uses for its ‘own operations’ come 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? Asics has set a goal to reduce its carbon emissions by 10% at its business locations by 2015. However, Asics does not communicate up to date target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions (see link, page 13). 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)? Asics mentions the target to reduce carbon emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations, but does not provide tangible information on policy measures implemented, and up to date results achieved (see link, page 6 & 12). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

0 out of 16
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Asics has defined a sustainable raw material strategy. However, the overall proportion of preferable raw materials used is not communicated (see link, page 5 & 12). 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. Does the brand have a clear and effective policy to avoid the use of leather that originates from cattle farms in deforestated Amazone areas? Asics does not openly communicate a policy to prevent the destruction of rainforest caused by cattle farm expansion for meat and leather production. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. Source
8. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to minimize environmental pollution of chromium and other harmful substances from leather tanning processes, e.g. by waste water treatment or by vegetable tanning? Asics does not openly communicate a policy to to limit chromium and other harmful substances pollution caused by leather tanning processes. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices Source
9. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures to make the clothing and footwear? Asics does not report on a policy to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures required to manufacture footwear. The company recently updated its Asics Guidelines for the Control and Use of Chemicals, but this report is not publicly available online (see link, page 14). Source
10. Has the brand (company) eliminated at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or Per fluorinated chemicals from its entire garment production? Asics does not report whether at least 1 out of 11 suspect chemical groups, such as Phthalates or BFRs can be considered as fully phased-out in the global supply chain already. Source
11. 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 10. Source
12. Does the brand (company) have a clear target to phase out PVC in their products, and has the brand already achieved a PVC phase out level of more than 90%? Asics does not report about having a plan to phase out PVC in their products. Source
13. Has the brand (company) a clear and effective policy to minimize the use of solvents based chemicals in their shoe production, and has the brand already achieved a level of average max. 40 grams of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions per pair of shoes? Asics reports that the company aims to use water-based adhesives for 60% of its footwear production volume by 2015 to reduce its VOC emissions. However, it is unclear what level of VOC emissions/pair of shoes Asics has achieved (see link, page 14). Source
14. 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? Asics reports on its packaging recycling and reuse. However, tangible aggregate results regarding its consumer packaging materials footprint are not made public (see link, page 15). Source
15. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Asics states to implement several measures to reduce its waste material footprint. However, tangible aggregate results regarding its waste materials footprint are not made public (see link, page 15). Source
16. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Asics does not report initiatives to stimulate the return or re-use of its garments. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 out of 14
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 Asics' Code of Conduct. 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 60 hours, but 'except under extraordinary business circumstances', which can mean anything. Also hours of overtime is not specified and it is not clear whether overtime is voluntary; 3. No, mentioning of minimum and industry wage, not living wage. 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. Source
4. Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms? Asics does not make clear if the Code of Conduct and consequent labour conditions policy also applies further down the footwear production chain, such as leather tanning or cattle farms. Source
5. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Asics does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers on its website or in its CSR report. Source
6. 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? Asics does not communicate any information about being part of a collective initiative or purchasing from an accredited supplier, on its website. Source
7. Do independent civil society organizations like NGO's and labor unions have a decisive voice in this collective initiative or in these certification schemes? See remark for labor conditions policy question 5. Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Asics implements policy measures to improve labour practices at its apparel manufacturers. However, tangible results, such as wages increased or working hours decreased, are not reported (see link, page 23-24). Source
9. 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? Although Asics reports the number of internal and third-party supplier audits have been conducted at its suppliers since 2007, it is unclear what percent of the company's production volume these supplier assessments represent (see link, starting on page 18). Source
10. 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? Asics does not publicly report outcomes or results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its suppliers, which are verified by eligible third parties (see link, starting on page 18). Source
11. 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 10. Source
12. 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? Asics does not provide tangible information about policy measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers. Source
13. 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? Asics does not publicly report clear results of its policy measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers. Source
14. Are at least 50% of the brand's leather, yarn and fabric production phases approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FLO-Cert, GOTS or SA8000? See remark for labor conditions policy question 13. Source