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Engelbert strauss & sustainability


engelbert strauss
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 11 out of 36

Sustainability summary

engelbert strauss has achieved the D-label. engelbert strauss has started to take sustainability into account. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: engelbert strauss GmbH & Co. KG
Head office: Biebergemünd, Germany
Sector: Sport & outdoor - clothing & shoes
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Jeans, Shoes

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Engelbert strauss sustainability score report

Last edited: 18 June 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 18 June 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

3 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? engelbert strauss takes several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as using renewable electricity at its premises or implementing energy efficiency measures to reduce the energy use, for instance with respect to the ventilation system. 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? engelbert strauss does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years. So it is not clear if the 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? engelbert strauss uses 100% renewable energy on total electricity consumption. Since 2016, this is partly purchased from Kreiswerke Main-Kinzig (hydropower), and partly generated on-site (solar panel). 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? engelbert strauss does not communicate information on total target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions 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)? engelbert strauss implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations. For instance, in collaboration with bluesign®. However, engelbert strauss does not publish clear results, which include emission reductions achieved. 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? engelbert strauss has defined a sustainable raw material strategy. However, the overall proportion of preferable raw materials used 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? engelbert strauss 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? engelbert strauss collaborates with bluesign® to implement environmental protection measures throughout its production chain. However, engelbert strauss does not clearly describe clear results of its measures to limit the use or pollution of chromium. 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? engelbert strauss publishes a detailed audit summary report for 55% of its suppliers from high-risk countries. Also, a share of its production is made in low-risk countries. But, its unclear whether at least 90% of its production volume is covered by these audits, and to which extent production takes place in low-risk countries (see link, pages 6-25). 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? engelbert strauss refers to the process of eliminating the suspect chemical groups per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFC's). But, it remains whether at least 1 out of 11 suspect chemical group, such as Heavy Metals or Chlorophenols can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production. 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%? engelbert strauss clearly reports that according to its List of Restricted Chemicals (RSL), the use of PVC is not allowed for all its products (and packaging). 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? engelbert strauss 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? engelbert strauss states to use 100% recycled plastic for its clothing bags. However, engelbert strauss 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? engelbert strauss implements measures to reduce its waste material footprint, such as recycling approximately 1,200 tonnes of cardboard yearly. But, concrete aggregate results regarding its waste materials footprint are not made public. Source
16. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? engelbert strauss does not report whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is encouraged. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

6 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 engelbert strauss' supplier Code of Conduct (see link, pages 1-3). 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. Yes, legally-binding employment relationships; 2. Yes, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime (max 12 hours) is generally voluntary; 3. Yes, minimum wage should be sufficient to cover the cost of living (see link, page 2). 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? This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions (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? engelbert strauss' supplier Code of Conduct is applicable for all its suppliers, their factories, subcontractors, as well as their own suppliers (see link, page 1). 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? engelbert strauss provides a list of countries where their suppliers are located, but they do not provide a list of the specific suppliers (see link, page 6-7). 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? engelbert strauss is a member of Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). 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? engelbert strauss is a member of FWF, which means that Labor Unions and / or business-independent NGO’s have a formal and co-decisive voice within the initiative and are co-responsible for the integrity and credibility of the initiative. Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? engelbert strauss does not report clearly 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? engelbert strauss publishes a detailed audit summary report. In 2016, 86% of its purchase volume from high-risk countries was audited. Also, a share of its production is made in low-risk countries. But it remains unclear whether >90% in total can be considered monitored (see link, starting from page 6). 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? It remains unclear whether at least 25% of engelbert strauss' production volume is verified as compliant against the standards from eligible third parties or certification schemes (see link, starting from page 6). 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? engelbert strauss implements measures to achieve the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers. Whether first living wage payments are realized is not yet specified however. 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? engelbert strauss does not publicly report on outcomes 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? engelbert strauss does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its fabric manufacturers, which are verified by eligible third parties. Source