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Stella McCartney & sustainability


Stella McCartney
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 16 out of 36

Sustainability summary

Stella McCartney has achieved the C-label. Stella McCartney is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed.

Brand owner: Kering SA
Head office: London, UK
Sector: Luxury brands
Categories : Female, Kids, Baby
Free Tags: Kering, Bags, Pullover, Shirts, Jackets, Jeans, Dress, Shoes, Boots

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Stella McCartney sustainability score report

Last edited: 23 March 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 23 March 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? Stella McCartney implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as the use of green energy and energy efficiency measures in its stores and offices. 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? Kering (brand owner of Stella McCartney) increased its climate footprint (Scope 1-2) from 123,560 tons of CO2e in 2014 to 135,636 tons of CO2e in 2015. This represents an increase of around 9,8%. But, 123,560 tons of CO2e were compensated in REDD+ programs in Kenya, Brazil and Indonesia in 2015 (see link, "Climate Change 2016 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? Kering reports that 55% of Stella McCartney's electricity purchased in 2015 originated from renewable sources (thereby 100% for its UK operations) (see link, next question, page 97). But, only for its UK operations sources and types of energy supply for electricity are specified (Wind energy, provided by Ecotricity). 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 its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Kering does not communicate concrete information on total target reductions for its climate footprint of own operations. Only relative target reductions are specified (see link, "Climate Change 2016 Response”). Source
6. Does the brand (company) have a policy and reports on tangible results to reduce / compensate carbon emissions generated from the production chain (Scope 3)? Kering implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations, and reports on greenhouse gas emissions which were caused in its production chain that is beyond own operations (see link, "Climate Change 2016 Response”). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

7 out of 16
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Stella McCartney excludes the use of fur, leather, precious skins & feathers, but uses raw materials, like recycled materials, vegetarian leather or organic cotton. In 2015, 65% of its total cotton use was organic (87,000 kg). A preferred raw materials use of more than 5% is certain, but an overall ratio is not reported (see link, pages 102 & 103, 120 & 121). 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? Stella McCartney does not make use of leather for its products at all. 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? See remark for environmental policy question 7. 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 garments? Kering has pledged to ensure that all hazardous chemicals will be phased out and eliminated from the production by 2020. Also, Stella McCartney's clothing is partly GOTS certified (see link, page 61, 109 & 120). 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? Stella McCartney is partner to 'Clean by Design', a NRDC program that aims to reduce the environmental impact of textile producers. But, Stella McCartney does not report whether at least 1 out of 11 suspect chemical groups, such as Azo Dyes or Chlorophenols can be considered as fully phased-out in the entire production chain (see link, page 116). 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%? Stella McCartney already got rid of all PVC in 2010. 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? No specific policies were published yet either by Stella McCartney or Kering about minimizing solvents based chemicals. Sustainability information should be easily accesible for consumers to make responsible choices. 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? Brands at Kering implement measures to minimize the environmental impact of consumer packaging, such as using FSC certified paper materials for their shopping bags. Also, Kering reports a packaging materials footprint of 16,447 tonnes in 2015 (+34% compared to 2014) (see link at next question, page 106). 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? Kering implements several measures related to its waste production, such as recycling or re-using raw materials. Also, Kering reports a waste materials footprint of 12,205 tonnes in 2015 (+10.6% compared to 2014 however) (recycling rate at 64,8%). 456 tonnes were hazardous materials or substances (see link, pages 107-109). Source
16. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Stella McCartney does not report whether the return or re-use of garments and / or shoes by its customers is stimulated. 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? Stella McCartney is a member of ETI. For ETI Base Code, see link for question 2&3 below. In the Base Code all these standards are mentioned. 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 (see point 8); 2. Yes, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime (max 12 hours) is voluntary (point 6); 3. Yes, commitment to implement payment of living wages (point 5). 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 point 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? Stella McCartney does not make use of leather for its products at all. 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 Stella McCartney nor Kering publish a list of direct suppliers. However, Stella McCartney communicates, that all its ready-to-wear, shoes and bags are made in Europe, mainly Italy. However, this is not specified any further. 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? Stella McCartney is a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). 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? Stella McCartney is a member of ETI, 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? Kering does not provide concrete results on capacity building measures at its supplying production facilities for improved labour practices. 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? Kering reports that in 2015 73 audits at Stella McCartney's suppliers were conducted. But, it remains unclear if at least 90% of the production volume can be considered monitored. Also, reporting on results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at Stella McCartney's supplying factories is not comprehensive enough (see link, page 116-119). 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? Neither Stella McCartney nor Kering provide concrete information about policy measures to establish the payment of living wages at its direct suppliers. 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? Neither Stella McCartney nor Kering report on clear 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