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Under Armour
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Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: Under Armour, Inc.
Head office: Baltimore, MD, USA
Sector: Sport & outdoor - clothing & shoes
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Shoes, Boots

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Under Armour sustainability score report

Last edited: 7 May 2017 by Lukas
Last reviewed: 7 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? Under Armour does not communicate any information on a climate protection policy. 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? Under Armour does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years. It is therefore not clear if the implemented measures actually helped to reduce the total annual greenhouse gas emissions. Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Under Armour does not communicate its renewable energy policy. 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?  Under Armour does not communicate information on total target reductions for its climate footprint of own operations. 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)? Under Armour does not communicate a policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations. 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? Under Armour 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? "Under Armour does not clearly communicate if sourcing leather originating from cattle farms in deforested Amazon areas is avoided." 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? Under Armour does not 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? Under Armour does not communicate any information on an environmental policy related to eliminating hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures. 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? Under Armour does not communicate any information on phasing out harmful chemicals. 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%? Under Armour 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? Under Armour 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? Under Armour 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? Under Armour does not communicate any information about its waste reduction policies. Source
16. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Under Armour 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 Under Armour's supplier 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 48 hours and a maximum of 12 overtime, 'except under extraordinary business circumstances'; 3. No, its only mentioned 'suppliers and their subcontractors recognize that wages are essential to meeting employees' basic needs', but only at least the minimum wage or the prevailing industry 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? Under Armour 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? Under Armour has published an overview of sourcing countries (approximately 63% of its products manufactured in China, Jordan, Vietnam and Indonesia), but does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers (see link page 6). 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? Under Armour is member of 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? Under Armour does not report whether measures at its supplying production facilities are implemented to achieve improved labour practices with respect to product and / or production process quality. 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? Under Armour does say that the factories are inspected but does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its supplying factories. 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? Under Armour does not clearly report if and how much production volume is approved as socially compliant by independent 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? Under Armour does not provide concrete information whether living wage payments are realized 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? Under Armour 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