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Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: uhlsport GmbH
Head office: Balingen, Germany
Sector: Sport & outdoor - clothing & shoes
Categories : Male
Free Tags: Shirts, Jackets, Shoes

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Uhlsport sustainability score report

Last edited: 1 May 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 1 May 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

0 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Uhlsport does not openly communicate a policy to reduce carbon emissions, if indeed the brand has one. Sustainability information should be easily accessible to enable consumers to make more responsible choices. 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? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. 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 1. 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? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. 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)? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. 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? Uhlsport does not communicate a policy for substituting conventional raw materials such as leather, synthetic rubber or polyester with environmentally friendlier alternatives. 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? Uhlsport does not 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? Uhlsport does not openly communicate a policy to 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? Uhlsport communicates it uses water based ink for its goalkeeper gloves and football shoes, but does not publish any commitment to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole life cycle of products. 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? Uhlsport 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%? Uhlsport 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? Uhlsport does not 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? Uhlsport 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? Uhlsport does not communicate up to date information about its waste reduction policies. Source
16. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Uhlsport does not report any policies or initiatives which are designed to stimulate the re-use of their 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 Uhlsport's supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) (see link, page 2-4). 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 clearly mentioned; 2. No, maximum working time must only not exceed the local usual hours of labour; 3. No, only requirement for wages and benefits that equal or exceed the prevailing local industry standard (see link, page 2-4). 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 right to bargain collectively is required, but nothing found about situations in which this right is restricted by law (see link, page 3). Source
4. Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms? Uhlsport does not make clear if the CoC 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? Uhlsport does not provide a significant 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? Uhlsport does not communicate any information on being part of any other collective initiative. 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? Uhlsport does not mention any policy relating to capacity building for improved labour practices within manufacturers. 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? Uhlsport does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its apparel manufacturers. 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? Uhlsport 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? Uhlsport does not publicly report clear results of its 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