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Hollister
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Sustainability summary

Hollister has achieved the E-label. This is our lowest possible sustainability score, and Hollister has earned it by communicating nothing concrete about the policies for environment, carbon emissions or labor conditions in low-wages countries. For us as consumers, it is unclear whether Hollister is committed to sustainability or not.

Brand owner: Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Head office: New Albany, OH, USA
Sector: Denim & jeans
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Hollister, Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Jeans, Dress

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Hollister sustainability score report

Last edited: 6 April 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 6 April 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? Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) (brand owner of Hollister) implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as the use of renewable energy and energy measures (see link, "Climate Change 2016 Response”). 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? A&F decreased its climate footprint of own operations (Scope 1 & 2) from 124,833 tons CO2e in 2013 to 53,407 tons CO2e in 2015, which represents a reduction of around 54,2% (see link, "Climate Change 2016 & 2014 Response”). Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? A&F reports on the use of renewable energy, but is neither clear about the total percentage share nor about the sources of supply (see link, "Climate Change 2016 Response”). Source
4. Is all the electricity used by the brand (company) generated 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 the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? A&F communicates that, after realized reductions so far, no new climate emissions reduction target have been set, but to be currently in the process of setting a new, more aggressive emissions reduction target (see link, "Climate Change 2016 Response”). 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? A&F implements measures to reduce climate emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations. However, A&F does not publish clear results, which include emission reductions achieved (see link, "Climate Change 2016 Response”). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

0 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) (brand owner of Hollister) does not openly communicate an up to date (after 2011) environmental policy. Sustainability information should be easily accessible to enable consumers to make more responsible choices. 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. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle to make the jeans and other apparel? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
8. 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 1. Source
9. 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 1. Source
10. 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? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
11. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

2 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 mentioned in Abercrombie & Fitch's (A&F) (brand owner of Hollister) Vendor Code of Conduct (CoC). 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 explicitly stated; 2.No, only mention of reasonable work hours in compliance with local laws and standards with no regularly scheduled work weeks in excess of 60 hours (or lower if prescribed by local law or local industry standards). 3. Abercrombie & Fitch only refers to minimum law or industry wages. 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 the brand (company) have a clear and effective health and safety policy for the workers in the finishing process of jeans, at least covering the ban on sandblasting? A&F states that the company does not support the practice of sandblasting during the manufacturing process of its goods. 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? A&F does not publish a significant published 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 apparel manufacturers with improved labor conditions? A&F mentions it is a partner of the Better Work program by ILO and IFC since 2007 and that its Cambodian factories were audited by Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) in 2012, but does not communicate any up to date information about being part of a multi-stakeholder initiative such as FLA or ETI or purchasing from accredited suppliers. 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 . Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? A&F mentions it is a partner of the Better Work program by ILO and IFC since 2007 and that its Cambodian factories were audited by Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) in 2012, however A&F does not report on up to date results. 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? A&F publicly reports on audit results, but the results are outdated (numbers from 2012, goals for 2013). 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? A&F does not publicly report on up to date outcomes or 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? A&F does not provide clear information about 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? A&F does not publicly report on up to date outcomes or results of its policies to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturing suppliers. 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? A&F does not publicly report on up to date outcomes or results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its fabric manufacturing suppliers, which are verified by eligible third parties. Source