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Jack Wolfskin & sustainability


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Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 15 out of 31

Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: Jack Wolfskin GmbH
Head office: Idstein / Taunus, Germany
Sector: Sport & outdoor clothing
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Dress, Shoes, Boots

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Jack Wolfskin sustainability score report

Last edited: 26 September 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 26 September 2017 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? Jack Wolfskin implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as using renewable electricity and implementing energy efficiency measures. 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? Jack Wolfskin does not publish an up to date (not older than 2,5 years) annual climate footprint of last years. It is therefore not clear if the implemented measures actually helped to reduce the total annual greenhouse gas emissions. Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Jack Wolfskin uses renewable energy for its electricity in Germany, Austria & Switzerland only (sources of supply remain unclear however). It remains unclear whether its international operations use electricity from renewable resources too. In this context also the overall proportion of renewable energy sourced is unclear. 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? Jack Wolfskin does not communicate up to date target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions. 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)? Jack Wolfskin aims to obtain all of its fabrics and 75% of its components from bluesign®-certified manufacturers from 2020 onwards (see link, previous question). Also its specifies which suppliers are bluesign®-certified already. 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? Jack Wolfskin uses organic cotton for all products containing cotton only. Also recycled materials are used in some of its products. The overall proportion of environmentally preferred raw materials is not specified however, but preferred raw materials use of more than 5% can be considered certain. 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? Jack Wolfskin's clothing is bluesign® certified. This means that during production high environmental standards maintained for chemical and water use. This certification is applicable to some products of the 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? 89% of Jack Wolfskin's summer collection 2017 clothing products is PFC-free. But, whether at least one other chemical group, such as Phthalates or APEOs, 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? Jack Wolfskin does not report up to date annual results of its consumer packaging policy. 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? Jack Wolfskin does not communicate up to date information about its waste reduction policies. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Jack Wolfskin stimulates his customers to use their repairs service at cost price. In addition, Jack Wolfskin offers a PFC-free re-impregnation service. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

10 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 Jack Wolfskins' Code of Conduct. 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 relationships; 2. Yes, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime (max 12 hours) is voluntary; 3. Yes, commitment to implement payment of living wages. 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. 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? Jack Wolfskin publishes an overview of its suppliers. 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? Jack Wolfskin 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? Jack Wolfskin 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? Jack Wolfskin does not report clearly whether measures at its supplying production facilities are implemented to achieve improved labour practices with respect to product and / or production process quality. 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? Jack Wolfskin has a publicly available audit report on the FWF website. In 2016, 100% of Jack Wolfskin's production volume was under monitoring on apparel manufacturer level (see link, page 3). 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? Jack Wolfskin'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 Jack Wolfskin has to take adequate steps to move towards living wage payments at its supplying factories. In Myanmar however, Jack Wolfskin pays a price which makes payment of living wages possible (see link, page 10). 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? Jack Wolfskin publishes fabric manufacturers which are bluesign® certified. But, though bluesign® certification covers labour conditions too, its standards are not considered sufficient for the time being. Also, no reporting on implemented labour policy measures is provided. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 12. Source