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Norrøna & sustainability


Norrøna
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 8 out of 34

Sustainability summary

Norrøna has achieved the D-Label for sustainability and transparency in reporting. As such, it has achieved the first sustainability milestones, but more detailed information on climate protection could improve its overall ranking. Norrøna scores points for its environmental performance because its collection is partly made from environmentally friendly materials and / or bluesign® certified. As a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative Norway, Norrøna is also actively involved in fair working conditions in its supply chain, but reporting on this can be a lot more concrete, still. Norrøna does publish a list of direct suppliers.

Brand owner: Norrøna Sport AS
Head office: Lysaker, Norway
Sector: Sport & outdoor clothing
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Norrona, Bags, Shirts, Jackets, Dress

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Norrøna sustainability score report

Last edited: 3 April 2019 by RSM - Students
Last reviewed: 3 April 2019 by Maarten

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 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? Norrøna 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? Norrøna reports for 2017 to have used 100% renewable energy (hydropower) on total electricity consumption for its headquarter (see link). However, the certificate provided is not clear enough about the additionality of this energy (see link next question), nor is the total percentage share of renewables specified. 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'? Norrøna has not published any climate footprint of its supply chain 'beyond own operations' for the years 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? Although Norrøna does not disclose a full climate footprint beyond their own operations, they report numerous measures to reduce this footprint such as donating 1% of their turnover to environmental projects. 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? Norrøna does not communicate any information on its climate footprint or whether it has a climate neutrality goal for its own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

5 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Norrøna uses environmentally preferred fibres, such as organic or reprocessed cotton, recycled polyester and recycled nylon, but it is not clear what percentage of the total annual volume this represents. A share higher than 25% can be considered certain however. 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? Norrøna's clothing is 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 the entire 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? Norrøna communicates it aims to phase out PFCs by 2020 (see present link). However, whether at least one chemical group, such as Phthalates or Azo Dyes, 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? Norrøna 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? Norrøna reports that 58% of its HQ's waste was recycled in 2017 (up from 51% in 2016), but it does not provide an absolute waste materials footprint. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Norrøna offers its customers the opportunity to make use of its repair service. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

2 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 Norrøna's Code of Conduct (see link, pages 2-4). Norrøna also audits suppliers to ensure compliance (see links Labour Condition questions 2 and 9), but does not report at least bi-annually on production countries, percentages of certification, results and problems found, and corrective action. 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)? Norrøna does not state whether there are grievance mechanisms and to which extent workers are informed about their rights regarding these. The Ethical Trading Initiative, with which Norrøna is affiliated, is also unclear about a grievance system that provides for complaints handlers outside the factory. 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? Norrøna has published a list of all active 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? Norrøna only publishes the names of their direct suppliers, not addresses or products for each factory. 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? Norrøna 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? Norrøna is a member of ETI-Norway, 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. Does this initiative require clear minimum performance levels for member brands? The ETI terminates the membership of companies who fail to honour their membership obligations or do not make sufficient progress. However, it is not clear according to what criteria the obligations are evaluated and thus how strict membership requirements really are. Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Norrøna publishes some overall results on supplier compliance against Norrøna's labour standards (see present link and link next question), but it remains unclear whether at least 25% of its production volume is verified by eligible, independent third parties or certification schemes, such as FWF or SA8000. 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? Norrøna 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? Norrøna reports, based on a Living wage project at three of its factories, that its wages were 'generally satisfactory' compared to, among others, the Asian Floor Wage, but has not committed to a specific living wage benchmark for all relevant production regions and countries. 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? Norrøna launched the Living Wage project to secure a living wage througout its supply chain. However, no clear target has been set and no tangible results are reported (see present link and link previous question). Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? Norrøna has not published any concrete figures on the 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? Norrøna does not report on the duration of business relationships with suppliers, nor on a strategy to concentrate production at a limited number of suppliers. Norrøna further does not mention to have own factories. Source