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Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 12 out of 34

Sustainability summary

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

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: 2 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? Deuter 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? Deuter does not communicate its renewable energy policy. 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'? Deuter 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? Deuter does not communicate any information on its climate footprint towards a climate neutrality goal for its own operations. 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 mainly uses Polyamide (Nylon) and Polyester, but does not communicate concrete results on the use of environmentally preferred raw materials, such as recycled polyester. 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 products 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 does not 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 (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? Deuter does not communicate clear information about its consumer packaging reduction policies. 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? 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 offers its customers the opportunity to make use of its repair service. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

10 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? As a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), Deuter adheres to the FWF Code of Labour Practices, which includes all these standards. Together with FWF, they publish a bi-annual report with a summary about social compliance in the supply chain, including labour conditions at suppliers. 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)? Deuter is a member of Fair Wear Foundation, which requires complaints procedures within factories and provides off-site complaints handlers as well. At 86% of FWF-audited production sites, at least 50% of the interviewed workers were aware of these complaints procedures (see link, page 19). 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? Deuter works with two direct suppliers: Duke, which has three production sites near Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, and Bellmart, which has a production side in Xiamen, China, and one near Bago, Myanmar (see link, pages 9, 11, 14, 16). 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? Deuter does not provide names and addresses of specific production sites. 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? Deuter does not provide a list of 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? Deuter is a member of Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). Source
7. Does this initiative require clear minimum performance levels for member brands? Fair Wear Foundation has certain basic requirements that need to be upheld by all its members, otherwise they will be suspended for a minimum of 1 year (see link, page 5). Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? 97% of Deuter's total production volume at direct suppliers is verified under standard monitoring by the Fair Wear Foundation concerning good labour conditions (see link, page 12). 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? Deuter does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers. Source
13. Does the brand (owner) publicly commit to a living wage benchmark with defined wages per production region or factory? Deuter reports supporting the living wage calculations by Martha and Richard Anker in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and mentions the Asian Floorwage with regard to its Chinese production site, but has not yet publicly committed to these benchmarks (see link, pages 11 & 14). 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? Deuter's measures to achieve living wage payments at its apparel manufacturers are not rated with the 'Advanced approach' status by the Fair Wear Foundation (see link, page 9). Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? Deuter does not communicate clear information about the realised 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? 100% of Deuter's production volume is from suppliers where it buys at least 10% of the production capacity and 96% of Jack Wolfskin's business relationships exist for at least 5 years (see link, page 6). Source