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Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 13 out of 31

Sustainability summary

Brand owner: Deuter Sport GmbH
Head office: Gerstenhofen, Germany
Sector: Sport & outdoor clothing
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
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Deuter sustainability score report

Last edited: 11 July 2015 by Mario
Last reviewed: 11 July 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? Deuter implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, like reducing the ecological footprint of its logistics and transport or using renewable energy. 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? Deuter does not publish the annual carbon footprint of last years on its website. So it is not clear if the policy measures actually helped reduce the total annual carbon emissions. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Deuter reports on the use of renewable energy purchased from 'naturstrom' for its own operations, but is not clear about the proportion related to its total electricity consumption. 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? Deuter does not communicate clear information on target reductions for its carbon 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)? Deuter reports that all its production partners comply with the bluesign® standard, which covers climate protection requirements as well. 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? Deuter has for example replaced one of their main materials - a black polyester fabric with more environmentally friendly alternatives, but it is not clear with what exactly, neither do they state what percentage of the total volume is made of more environmentally friendly alternatives. 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? Deuter's produtcs are bluesign® certified, which means that high standards are maintained for suitable chemical use and water policies during production. This certification is applicable to a part of Deuter's collection. 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? Deuter doesn't report whether at least one chemical group, such as Phthalates or APEOs, can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production. 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? Deuter does not communicate clear 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? Deuter does not communicate clear information about its waste reduction policies. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Deuter stimulates his customers to use their repairs service at cost price. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

9 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? Deuter is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). For Labour Standards FWF, see link questions 2&3 below. In the Labour Standards all these standards are mentioned (standards 1,2,3,7). 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? In FWF Labour Standards: 1. Yes, legally-binding employment relationships; 2. Yes, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime is voluntary; 3. Yes, commitment to implement payment of living wages (see link standards 5,6,8). 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? In FWF Labour Standards: This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions. 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? Deuter states that all its production is either placed in China (by their partner Bellmart) or in Vietnam (by their partner Duke). The two supplier most likely cover 90% of Deuter's total production. 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? Deuter is a member of Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). 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? Deuter is a member of FWF, 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
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Deuter implements policy measures to improve labour practices at its apparel manufacturers, namely with respect to production methods. However, tangible results, such as wages increased or working hours decreased, are not reported. 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? Deuter has a publicly available annual audit report by Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). By October 2014 97% of Deuter's entire production was under monitoring on manufacturer level (see link, page 10). 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? Deuter's labour conditions policy for apparel manufacturers is rated with the 'Leader' status by 'Fair Wear Foundation' (FWF) (see link, page 3). 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? According to FWF Deuter is committed to working towards implementation of living wages in collaboration with FWF and various outdoor companies. However, clear results regarding living wage payments realised aren't reported yet (see link, page 9). 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? Deuter 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? Deuter does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its suppliers, which are verified by eligible third parties. Source