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Burton & sustainability


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First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 6 out of 34

Sustainability summary

Burton has achieved the D-Label. As such, the first sustainability milestones have been achieved, but more detailed information on climate protection could improve its overall ranking. Burton earns environmental credentials for its collection which is made partly from environmentally friendly materials and / or is bluesign® certified. As a member of the Fair Labor Association, Burton is actively committed to improving working conditions in its suppliers. However, more reporting on the results is needed.

Brand owner: Burton Corp.
Head office: Burlington, VT, USA
Sector: Sport & outdoor clothing
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Burton Corp., Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Jeans, Dress

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Burton sustainability score report

Last edited: 3 April 2019 by RSM - Students
Last reviewed: 3 April 2019 by Maarten

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

0 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? Burton 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? Burton reports that 100% of the energy used in their headquarters is sourced from renewable sources, but is not clear enough about the overall share of renewable electricity consumption. 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'? Burton has not published any climate footprint of its supply chain from 2016 to 2018. 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? Burton aims to reduce its climate emission with 20% by 2020, but does not communicate a climate neutrality goal for its own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

3 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Aside from using FSC-certified wooden cores in all their snowboards, Burton reports having committed to using 100% sustainable cotton and 50% recycled polyester in 2020, but it is not clear what share of environmentally preferred materials, such as organic cotton, they currently use. A share of 5% can be considered certain, however. 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? Burton's clothing is bluesign® certified. This means that during production high environmental standards are maintained for chemical and water use. This certification is applicable to 85% of their outerwear, 50% of their base layers and 38% of their bags. 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? Burton aims to make their products 100% bluesign® certified and PFC-free by 2020 (see link) and publishes its RSL (see next link), but it is not clear if it has succeeded in completely phasing out a suspect chemical group such as PFCs already. 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? Burton aims, by 2020, to make all of its packaging recyclable and compostable and use 80% post-consumer recycled content, but does not report the current 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? Burton implements several measures to reduce its annual absolute waste footprint, such as diverting 67% of its waste from its headquarters. But, concrete aggregate results regarding its annual absolute waste footprint are not made public. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Burton accompanies its products with lifetime warranties and offers customers the opportunity to repair their products when they get damaged or broken. Burton also incentivizes takeback and resale through its Pass Along program to keep products in use. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

3 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? Burton includes all these standards in its supplier Code of Conduct (see present link, pages 3-4). However, Burton mentions only that it has audited all its finished good factories, but does not provide a summary about social compliance in its supply chain (see link next question). 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)? Burton is member of the Fair Labour Association 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? Burton has published their entire finished goods factory list for 2018. 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? Burton has published a list of direct suppliers that cover its total production, effective by 2018, including the factory category, vendor, factory name, address, city, country of origin, total number of workers, and percentage of female and male workers. 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? Burton does not provide information about its suppliers further down the supply chain. 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? Burton is a member of the Fair Labour Association. Source
7. Does this initiative require clear minimum performance levels for member brands? FLA may terminate the participation of companies that, after being placed under special review, still fail to achieve or maintain compliance with FLA Standards (see link, page 29). However, it is not clear on 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? Burton states it has audited all its finished good factories, but it is unclear what percentage of the total production volume is audited by eligible third parties, such as FWF or SA8000. 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? Burton reports that they are currently working with their raw materials suppliers to ensure that they all agree to their human rights standards, but they do not report on number and region of workplaces covered, nor their audit process, grievance procedures, capacity building efforts, non-compliance findings and remediation efforts and strategies. Source
13. Does the brand (owner) publicly commit to a living wage benchmark with defined wages per production region or factory? Burton has not published any commitment to a 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? Burton does not provide concrete information about implemented measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers. Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? Burton does not report on its payment of 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? Burton does not report on the duration of business relationships with suppliers, nor on a strategy to concentrate production at a limited number of suppliers. Source