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Sustainability summary

Brand owner: Hanesbrands Inc.
Head office: Winston-Salem, NC, USA
Sector: Sport & outdoor - clothing & shoes
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: HanesBrands, Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets

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Champion sustainability score report

Last edited: 24 June 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 24 June 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? HanesBrands (brand owner of Champion) implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as energy efficiency measures. 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? HanesBrands reduced its own operations climate footprint from 295,201 tons of CO2 in 2015 to 276,699 tons of CO2 in 2016, which represents a reduction of only around 6,3%. Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? HanesBrands reports for 2016 to have used 25,3% renewable energy on total electricity consumption such as biomass, hydro and geothermal (see also source next question, download 'Climate Change 2016'). 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? HanesBrands does not communicate up to date target reductions for its absolute greenhouse gas emissions (see link, download 'Climate Change 2016'). 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)? HanesBrands clearly reports on greenhouse gas emissions which were caused in its production chain that is beyond own operations (see link, download 'Climate Change 2016'). 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? HanesBrands has defined a sustainable raw material strategy. However, the overall proportion of preferable raw materials used for its brand Champion is not communicated. 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? HanesBrands does not openly communicate its policy with regard to usage of leather from cattle farms located in areas suffering from deforestation Sustainability information should be easily accessible to consumers. 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? HanesBrands reports a policy to limit the environmental pollution, such as 'state-of-the-art wastewater treatment' and 'industry-leading' chemical management measures. But, HanesBrands does not describe concrete outcomes of its measures implemented. The brand is therefore not clear about the scale and impact of this policy. 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? See remark for environmental policy question 8. 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? See remark for environmental policy question 8. 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 8. 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%? See remark for environmental policy question 8. 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? See remark for environmental policy question 8. 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? HanesBrands does not report on the annual results of its consumer packaging policy. 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? HanesBrands does not report on the annual results of its waste reduction policy. Source
16. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? HanesBrands 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 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 Hanesbrands' Global Standards for Suppliers (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, supplier must comply with applicable laws and regulations regarding work hours, but maximum workweek and hours of overtime is not specified; 3. No, mentioning of minimum 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 and collective bargaining is mentioned, but nothing found about situations in which this right is restricted by law (see link, page 2). Source
4. Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms? Hanesbrands does not make clear whether the labour conditions policy also applies further down the footwear production chain to 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? HanesBrands does not provide a significant and up to date list of direct suppliers. 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? HanesBrands is a member of the Fair Labor Association (FLA). 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? FLA is acknowledged as a ‘Multi Stakeholder Initiative’ (MSI). Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? HanesBrands does not report whether measures at its supplying production facilities are implemented to achieve improved labour practices. 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? HanesBrands does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions. 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? HanesBrands does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its suppliers, which are verified by eligible third parties. 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? HanesBrands does not provide concrete information about implemented 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? HanesBrands does not publicly report clear results of implemented 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