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Löffler
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 5 out of 31

Sustainability summary

Löffler has achieved the D-label. Löffler has started to take sustainability into account. Still, a lot more can be done.

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: 15 September 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 15 September 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Löffler implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as minimised energy consumption and the centralization of its production in Europe (around 70-80% in Austria). 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? Löffler makes several sustainability claims, but does not provide an annual climate footprint. So it is not clear if the company has actually reduced its carbon emissions in the last years. Source
3. 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
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? Löffler does not communicate any information on 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)? Löffler does not communicate a clear policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond 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 ecological raw materials, like Tecncel, but it is not clear what percentage of the 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 (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? Löffler does not report on the 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? 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

2 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? Löffler communicates that production mainly takes place in Austria. However, for its suppliers in Czech Rebuplic, Bulgaria and beyond Europe no Supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) is made public (see link, Brand Book, page 6). 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? Löffler does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers on its website. Löffler mentions that almost all suppliers come from Europe (see link, Brand Book, page 6). 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? Löffler does not communicate any information about being part of a collective initiative or purchasing from an accredited supplier, on its website. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 5. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Löffler does not report 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? Löffler does not publicly report outcomes or results of its policies to improve labor conditions at its suppliers which are not located in Austria. 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? Löffler communicates that around one third of its collection is manufactured in Austria, which is a low risk country in terms of weak labour conditions (see link, Brand Book, page 11). 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 labour policy question 9. However, Löffler does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its suppliers in Czech Republic and Bulgaria, which are verified by eligible third parties (see link, Brand Book, page 11). 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? Löffler does not provide concrete information about policy measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers that are not located in Austria. But, at least one third of its collection is manufactured in Austria (see link, brand book, page 11). 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? 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 9). 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? 70% of Löffler's fabric production volume is made in Austria, which is a low risk country in terms of weak labour conditions (see link, brand book, page 9). Source