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Quechua
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Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: Decathlon S.A.
Head office: Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
Sector: Sport & outdoor - clothing & shoes
Categories : Male, Female, Kids, Baby
Free Tags: Decathlon, Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Shoes, Boots

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Quechua sustainability score report

Last edited: 11 June 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 11 June 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? Decathlon (brand owner of Quechua) implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures (see link, page 22-25 & 129). 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? Decathlon's total climate footprint of own operations (scope 1-3) increased from 5.200.000 tons of CO2e in 2014 to 6.000.000 tons of CO2e in 2015. This represents an increase of around 15,4% (see link, page 130). Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Decathlon reports that some its stores use on-site generated renewable energy. But, an entire proportion on the use of renewable energy for Decathlon's and / or Quechua's own operations is no't reported (see link, page 88 & 129). 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? Decathlon aims a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions for items shipped within Europe between 2015 and 2020. But, Decathlon does not communicate information on total target reductions for its climate footprint of own operations (see link, page 20). 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)? Decathlon does not communicate a concrete policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 16
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Decathlon (brand owner of Quechua) reports to use environmentally 'preferred' alternatives, such as recycled materials or organic cotton. However, an overall share of more sustainable raw materials processed for Quechua is not specified (see link, page 57-62). 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? Neither Decathlon nor Quechua openly communicate a policy to prevent the destruction of rainforest caused by cattle farm expansion for meat and leather production. 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? Neither Decathlon nor Quechua openly communicate a policy to limit chromium and other harmful substances pollution caused by leather tanning processes. 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? Decathlon implements several measures to restrict the use of hazardous chemicals. But, Decathlon has not published a clear commitment to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole life cycle of products (see link, page 66-70). 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? Decathlon is in the process of removing PFCs and phthalates from its products. But, it remains unclear whether chemical groups like Azo Dyes or APEO's can be considered as entirely eliminated from the production of Quechua's entire production already (see link page 66-70). 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%? Decathlon aims replacing PVC in its products. Its current status (for Quechua) is not specified however (see link, page 55). 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? Neither Decathlon nor Quechua openly communicate a policy to reduce solvent based chemicals in their shoe production. 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? Decathlon implements measures to reduce the environmental impact of its packaging, like stoping handing out “free” shopping bags since December 2015 in Turkey. But, concrete aggregate results regarding its consumer packaging materials footprint are not made public (see link, page 92). 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? Decathlon implements several measures to minimize waste, and reports aggregate results regarding its waste produced in weights for 2015 (66,549 tons), which constitutes an increase of around 1,7% compared to 2014 (see link, page 89 & 127). Source
16. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? In collaboration with I:CO Decathlon launched a pilot project in 2015 in 8 stores in France to collect garments from its customers. Decathlon aims to spread the collection solution throughout France and ideally everywhere there is a Decathlon store, and believes it could in doing so collect up to 50,000 tons as of 2020 (see link, page 56). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 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? Decathlon refers to its “Social Charter” in its latest CSR report, and thereby basically mentions the standards of relevance, but does make the “Social Charter” publicly available (see link, page 107-109). 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
4. Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms? Decathlon does not make clear if its “Social Charter” and consequent labour conditions policy also applies further down the footwear production chain, such as leather tanning or cattle farms (see link, page 107-109). 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? Neither Decathlon nor Quechua provide a significant list of all direct suppliers (see link, page 5 & 102). 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? Decathlon does not communicate any information about being part of a collective initiative or purchasing from an accredited supplier (see link, page 16-18). 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 6. Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Decathlon refers to aspects like quality of production, but does not provide concrete information on implemented measures at its supplying production facilities for improved labour practices with regard to productivity / quality (see link, page 101-109). 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? Decathlon reports on the audit results, but does not specify which share of its production volume (for Quechua) can be considered monitored (see link, page 101-112, 131-133). 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 9. 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 9. 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? In 2014, Decathlon joined the “Benefits for Business and Workers” scheme by “Impactt” with the aim of raising pay to the local minimum wage level. Whether first 'living wage' payments can be considered realised is not specified yet (see link, page 111). 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? Decathlon does not report on results of its labour conditions policy for the fabric manufacturing phases. 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