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Bergans & sustainability


Bergans
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 9 out of 34

Sustainability summary

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

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: 3 April 2019 by RSM - Students
Last reviewed: 26 September 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 6
1. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its 'own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Bergans has not published any climate footprint of its own operations from 2016 to 2018. Source
2. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Bergans sources electricity from renewables in its own premises. In Germany it uses TÜV süd-certified electricity from hydropower, and also in Norway it sources electricity mostly from hydropower. The total percentage share for which additionality can be guaranteed is not entirely clear, but a percentage of at least 50% can be considered certain. Source
3. 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 2. Source
4. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its supply chain that is 'beyond own operations'? Bergans has not published the absolute climate footprint for the greenhouse gas emissions of its supply chain. Source
5. Has the brand (owner) accomplished a reduction of this annual absolute climate footprint 'beyond own operations' compared to the result of the previous reporting year? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
6. Has the brand (owner) set a target to make at least its own operations fully climate neutral by 2030, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? Bergans does not communicate any information on its climate footprint towards a climate neutrality goal for its own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

4 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Bergans states they are committed to ensuring that 70% of their products are made from sustainable raw materials. But it could be clearer to what extent they succeeded and what materials are considered eligible. Also, no breakdown of materials as a share of total volume is provided. Yet, a minimum share of 15% can be considered certain (see present and next 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 are maintained for chemical and water use. Around half of Bergans collection is currently bluesign® certified, and they aim to increase this to 75% by 2020. 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 refers to the process of eliminating suspect chemical groups and operates with an RSL provided by bluesign®, but it remains unclear whether at least one suspect chemical group, such as perfluorated chemicals or phthalates can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production (see present and next link). 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 (owner) report what percentage of its consumer packaging materials are renewable or made from recycled materials, and does the brand implement best practices or concrete policies which have reduced the environmental impact of their packaging materials? Bergans implements policies to reduce the footprint of its packaging materials, but does not report the percentage of recycled or renewable materials used for its consumer packaging, nor any annual reductions or best practices regarding its packaging materials. Source
11. Does the brand (owner) publish its absolute waste materials footprint and implement concrete policies to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, thereby decreasing its waste footprint compared to the previous reporting year? Bergans has a waste reduction policy, but does not communicate on the annual results. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Bergans offers their customers the opportunity to make use of their repair service, they offer a rental service, sell secondhand clothing and re-designed items, and offer a nation-wide garment collection system. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

4 out of 16
1. Does the brand (owner) have a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) which includes all standards to ensure workers' rights such as no child labour, no bonded labour, a safe workplace and no excessive overwork? And is there at least a progress report once every two years on implementation of this Code of Conduct? Bergans includes all these standards in its supplier workplace Code of Conduct and provides an annual progress report with a summary of social compliance in the supply chain. Source
2. Does the brand (owner) have a policy to make sure there is a proper grievance mechanism in place for factory workers and are at least 25% of workers informed about their rights regarding this mechanism (e.g. through training)? Bergans is member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, which requires a complaints mechanism to be active within factories. However, it is not clear if the system provides for complaints handlers outside the factory. Source
3. 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 its direct suppliers. Source
4. Is this supplier list specific? Are e.g. the addresses of direct suppliers included, and/or are the specific products mentioned per factory? Bergans has published a list of direct suppliers but does not give the full addresses and does not report which products are made per factory. Source
5.  Is the list of direct suppliers extended with suppliers further down the supply chain, with a minimum of 40% in number compared to the direct suppliers? Bergans does not publish a list of indirect suppliers. Source
6. Is the brand (owner) a member of a collective initiative that aims to improve labor conditions, in which civil society organizations like NGOs and labor unions have a decisive voice, or does the brand purchase at least 50% from certified manufacturers with improved labor conditions? Bergans has been a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative Norway since 2009. Source
7. Does this initiative require clear minimum performance levels for member brands? The ETI terminates the membership of companies who fail to honour their membership obligations or do not make sufficient progress. However, it is not clear according to what criteria the obligations are evaluated and thus how strict membership requirements really are. Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Bergans does not clearly report what percentage of production volume is approved as socially compliant by eligible, independent third parties. Source
9. Is at least 50% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
10. Is at least 75% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
11. Is at least 95% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
12. 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? Bergans implements measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric and trims suppliers, but does not publicly report clear results. Source
13. Does the brand (owner) publicly commit to a living wage benchmark with defined wages per production region or factory? Bergans does not mention having committed yet to a specific living wage benchmark. Source
14. Does the brand (owner) set a target to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? Bergans does not provide concrete information on whether living wage payments are realized at its apparel manufacturers. Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? Bergans has not published any further information on living wages. Source
16. Does the brand (owner) adhere to buying practices that enable living wages and good labour conditions, such as long-term relations with factories, and concentrating production at limited number of factories? Bergans reports having a business relationship longer than 2 years with 95% of its suppliers in 2017, and with some even longer than 20 years. This would translate to business relationships of at least 5 years with more than half of its suppliers (see link, page 23). Source