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Norrøna
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 11 out of 31

Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: Norrøna Sport AS
Head office: Hvalstad, 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: 29 January 2016 by Martje
Last reviewed: 29 January 2016 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? Norrøna implements several measures to reduce its climate footprint, such as using renewable energy for its electricity supply. 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? Norrøna doesn't publish the annual climate footprint of last years. So it isn't clear if any policy measures actually helped to reduce the total annual greenhouse gas emission. Source
3. 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 2015 to have used 100% renewable energy (hydropower) on total electricity consumption for its headquarter. However, the supplier isn't specified. Also, it isn't specified, whether entire electricity consumption of own operations is covered. 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? Norrøna doesn't communicate information on total target reductions for its climate footprint of own operations. 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)? Norrøna doesn't communicate a policy to reduce the climate emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

4 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? 96% of cotton used by Norrøna is organic or recycled. In addition, recycled materials such as polyester (18%) are used where possible. A 10% share of preferable materials processed is certain. However, the overall proportion of environmentally preferable raw materials used isn't specified. 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 Polygiene 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 small share 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 states that long chain fluorocarbons have been successfully eliminated from the production of all its garments, effective by 2013. However, whether at least one chemical group, such as Phthalates or PFCs, 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? Norrøna doesn't report whether at least three suspect chemical groups can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production chain. 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? Norrøna does not communicate any information about its consumer packaging reduction policies. 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? Norrøna implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its generated waste to landfill. Norrøna estimates, that per 2020 all waste at the HQ will be recycled. However, an annual aggregate waste material footprint isn't reported yet. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? yes Norrøna offers its customers the opportunity to make use of its repair service. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

6 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 Norrøna's 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 employment relationships (see point 9); 2. Yes, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime (max 12 hours) is voluntary (point 8); 3. Yes, commitment to implement payment of living wages (point 7). 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 (point 2). 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? Norrøna has published a list of all active direct 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? Norrøna is a member of Ethical Trading Initiative Norway (ETI-N). 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? 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. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Norrøna doesn't report whether policy 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? Norrøna has a publicly available ETI-Norway member report. Norrøna states that 16 out of 20 apparel manufacturers were audited in 2014. Whether they represent at least 90% of Norrønas' production volume remains unclear (see link, request IEH report, page 18). 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? Norrøna does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its suppliers, which are verified by eligible third parties. 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? Norrøna implements corresponding measures, such as analysing wages for some of suppliers in Viet nam and China. However, clear results of realized living wage payments aren't yet reported. 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? Norrøna does not publicly report clear results of its policy measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers (see link, request IEH report, page 16). 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? Norrøna does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its suppliers, which are verified by eligible third parties (see link, request IEH report). Source