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Bergans
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 10 out of 31

Sustainability summary

Brand owner: Bergans Fritid AS
Head office: Hokksund, Norway
Sector: Sport & outdoor clothing
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Dress

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Bergans sustainability score report

Last edited: 23 June 2015 by Bowy
Last reviewed: 23 June 2015 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? Bergans implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, for instance with respect to energy consumption and meets the requirements to be officially recognised by the 'Environmental Lighthouse'(Miljøfyrtårnet). This is a Norwegian national certification scheme that addresses environmental issues including energy use and climate accounts. 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? Bergans has not published its carbon footprint, so it is not clear if the company has reduced its emissions by 10%. Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Bergans does not communicate a renewable energy policy on its own website so it is not clear whether the company meets the 50% requirement. See also remark question 1. 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? Bergans does not communicate information on total target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions on its website. 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)? In 2014 29% of Bergans' suppliers were bluesign® certified (see link, request IEH report, see page 29). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? In 2014, around 7% of Bergans’ entire collection was made of environmentally preferred raw materials, namely organic cotton and recycled polyester (see link, request IEH report, see page 29). 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 and all production procedures to make the clothes and footwear? Bergans' clothing is bluesign® certified. This means that during production high environmental standards maintained for chemical use. This certification is applicable to 9% of its production and 29% of its suppliers (see link, request IEH report, see page 29). 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? Bergans reports on its measures to phase out perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). However, whether at least one chemical group, such as Phthalates or PFCs, can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production remains unclear. 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 8. 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? Bergans is member of Grønt Punkt, but does not communicate any information about its consumer packaging reduction policies. 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? Bergans does not publish an annual report on minimizing waste on its website. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Bergans mentions several ways to improve sustainable use of its products, but does not report whether return or re-use is encouraged. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

6 out of 13
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 Bergans' supplier Code of Conduct (see link, pages 3-5). 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. No, it is only recommended that working hours do not exceed 48 hours per week, respectively 60 hours when overtime is included. 3. Yes, wages should always be enough to meet basic needs (see link, pages 5 & 6). 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 4). Source
4. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Bergans has published a list of direct suppliers on it's website. Source
5. 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? Bergans is a member of ETI-Norway, a multi stakeholder initiative to improve labour conditions in the supply chains. Source
6. Do independent civil society organizations like NGO's and labor unions have a decisive voice in this collective initiative or in these certification schemes? ETI-Norway is organized with Labour Unions and/or business-independent NGO’s who have a formal and co-decisive voice within the initiative and are co-responsible for the integrity and credibility of the initiative. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Bergans reports that policy measures at its supplying production facilities are implemented to realize improvements in management systems both on quality and sustainability issues through regular factory visits. However, tangible results, such as wages increased or working hours decreased, are not reported (see link, request IEH report, page 30). Source
8. 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? Bergans has a publicly available ETI-Norway member report. Bergans states that 8 out of 26 apparel manufacturers were assessed in 2014, and 10 out of 26 in 2013. Whether they represent at 90% of Bergans' production volume remains unclear (see link, request IEH report 2014). Source
9. 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? Bergans does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its suppliers, which are verified by eligible third parties. (see link, request IEH report 2014). Source
10. 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
11. 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? Bergans has a goal to ensure living wages at all suppliers, but does not report results on this goal yet (see link, request IEH report 2014). Source
12. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy for the fabric manufacturing phases, including a reasonable overview of the number and region of workplaces covered by the policy in relation to the total production volume? Bergans does not publicly report clear results of its policy measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers. Source
13. Are at least 50% of the fabric manufacturing phases - from spinning to final fabric - approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FLO-Cert, GOTS or SA8000? Bergans does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its suppliers, which are verified by eligible third parties. Source