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Löffler
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 7 out of 34

Sustainability summary

Löffler has achieved the D-Label. As such, the first sustainability milestones have been achieved, but more detailed information on climate protection could improve their overall ranking. More information on their use of environmentally friendly raw materials is also necessary. Their apparel, however, is certified according to the STeP standard by Oeko-Tex. Löffler reports that the majority of clothing is produced in Austria, a low-risk country. Yet, for its other production countries in Eastern Europe and outside Europe no concrete information is provided about actual labour standards. Löffler also does not publish a code of conduct for its suppliers.

Brand owner: LÖFFLER GmbH
Head office: Ried im Innkreis, Austria
Sector: Sport & outdoor clothing
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets

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Löffler 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? Löffler 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? Löffler 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'? Löffler 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? Löffler 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? Löffler uses environmentally preferred raw materials, such as Tencel, but it is not clear what percentage of total annual volume this represents. 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? Löffler fabrics are mainly made in Austria, a low risk country concerning hazardous wet processes within the production cycle, like bleaching and dying of fabrics. In addition, Löffler's fabric production is STeP certified by Oeko-Tex, which means that high standards are maintained for suitable chemical use and water policies during production. 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? Löffler 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? Löffler does not report on the annual results of its consumer packaging policy. 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? Löffler does not report on the annual results of its waste reduction policy. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Löffler offers its customers the opportunity to make use of its repair service. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

5 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? Löffler communicates that production mainly takes place in Austria. For its suppliers in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria and beyond Europe Löffler has a Supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) but it is not made public (see link, Brand Book, page 10). 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)? Löffler does not report on a grievance mechanism, including for its production outside Austria. 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? Löffler does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers on its website. Löffler does mention that almost all suppliers come from Europe (see link, Brand Book, page 10). 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 3. 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? Löffler does not provide a significant list of suppliers further down the supply chain on its website. 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? Löffler does not communicate any information about being part of a collective initiative or purchasing from an accredited supplier, on its website. Source
7. Does this initiative require clear minimum performance levels for member brands? See remark for labor conditions policy question 6. Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Löffler reports that 80% of value creation occurs in Austria and 99% of production in Europe, including, besides Austria, low-risk countries such as Germany and Italy, so a share of at least 75% of total production under good labour conditions can be concerned certain (see link, Brand Book, page 10). 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? Löffler does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers which are not located in Austria (see link, Brand Book, page 10). Source
13. Does the brand (owner) publicly commit to a living wage benchmark with defined wages per production region or factory? Löffler has not published any commitment to a living wage benchmark for its workers in high-risk countries in terms of labour conditions. 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? Most of Löffler's collection has been manufactured in low-risk countries, but there is no clear reference to a publicly available collective bargain agreement. Löffler does not provide concrete information on whether living wage payments are realized at its apparel manufacturers in high-risk countries. Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? Löffler has over 50% of its garments made in Austria and Germany, where laws provide for a living wage (see link, Brand Book, page 10). 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? Most of Löffler's collection is produced in its own factory in Ried im Innkreiss, Austria (see present and previous link). Source