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Jack Wolfskin & sustainability


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Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 15 out of 34

Sustainability summary

Jack Wolfskin has achieved the C-Label. This is the middle rating in our ranking. In terms of climate protection, Jack Wolfskin scores no points because key information is outdated (2007-2011). Jack Wolfskin's clothing is partly made from environmentally friendly and bluesign® certified materials. In addition, measures are being implemented to remove hazardous chemicals. Overall, however, Jack Wolfskin could give more specific and concrete coverage of these and other environmental issues. As a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, Jack Wolfskin is actively involved in improving the working conditions in the supplier companies and reports relatively well on the corresponding results of the measures taken. A list of suppliers has also been published.

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: 2 April 2019 by RSM - Students
Last reviewed: 2 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? Jack Wolfskin publishes only a climate footprint of more than two years old (2007-2011). Moreover, while it reported fully compensating its emissions through afforestation, there is no clear reference to which scopes are included (see link, p. 79). Source
2. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Jack Wolfskin states to use renewable energy generated by photovoltaic systems for all of its 184 stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. However, it does not report on its use of renewable energy for its 666 remaining stores worldwide (see present link and link next question). 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'? Jack Wolfskin publishes only a climate footprint of more than two years old (2007-2011). Moreover, while it reported fully compensating its emissions through afforestation, there is no clear reference to which scopes are included (see link, p. 79). 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? Jack Wolfskin does not communicate up to date target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions of its own operations (see link, page 81). 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 100% certified organic cotton for all products containing cotton and cotton blends (since 2013), as well as recycled polyester for some products. The overall proportion of environmentally preferred raw materials is not specified, 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? Since 2016, two-thirds of Jack Wolfskin's apparel fabrics has been bluesign® certified. This means that during production high environmental standards are maintained for chemical and water use. Jack Wolfskin aims to make its entire collection bluesign® certified 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? Jack Wolfskin clearly reports on its measures and targets to eliminate suspect chemical groups, such as eliminating PFCs by the end of 2020, where it achieved an elimination of 95% in 2018. Whether at least one other chemical group, 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 (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? Jack Wolfskin 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? 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 offers both a repair and a PFC-free re-impregnation service to their customers. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

12 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? All standards are mentioned in Jack Wolfskins' Code of Conduct (see link) and together with the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) it has published a report for the years 2016-2017 with a summary about social compliance in the supply chain including labour conditions at suppliers (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)? Jack Wolfskin is a member of Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), which requires complaints procedures within factories and provides off-site complaints handlers as well. At 64% of FWF-audited production sites, at least 50% of the interviewed workers were aware of these complaints procedures (see link, page 22). 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? Jack Wolfskin publishes an overview of all 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? Jack Wolfskin reports the division of all their direct suppliers and provides a photo of each of their production locations. 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? Jack Wolfskin also provides a full list of their material and upstream 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? Jack Wolfskin 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? 99% of Jack Wolfskin's total production volume at direct suppliers is verified under standard monitoring by the Fair Wear Foundation concerning good labour conditions (see link, page 3). 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? Information on this topic is more than 2 years old (Social Report 2014/15). Furthermore, whereas Jack Wolfskin publishes audit reports for each of its manufacturers, it does not do this for its material suppliers (see link Labour Conditions question 5). Source
13. Does the brand (owner) publicly commit to a living wage benchmark with defined wages per production region or factory? Jack Wolfskin joined FWF's living wage incubator in 2016 to find work toward paying living wages, but has not yet published a commitment to a living wage benchmark (see link, page 4). 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? Jack Wolfskin implements measures to achieve living wage payments at its apparel manufacturers, but has not been given the 'Advanced approach' status by Fair Wear Foundation (see link, page 10). Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? Jack Wolfskin is working toward paying living wages, but payment below Fair Wear Foundation's living wage benchmarks has been observed, so it is not clear whether Jack Wolfskin realized a payment of living wages for 10% of its production volume (see link, page 12). 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? 77% of Jack Wolfskin's production volume is from suppliers where it buys at least 10% of the production capacity and 64% of Jack Wolfskin's business relationships exist for at least 5 years (see link, page 6-7). Source