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Norrøna
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 11 out of 34

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: 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: 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? 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 does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years. So it is not clear if the policy measures actually helped to reduce the total annual greenhouse gas emissions. 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 2016 to have used 100% renewable energy (hydropower) on total electricity consumption for its headquarter. However, the supplier is not specified. Also, it is not 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 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)? Norrøna does not communicate a clear policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations (see link, request IEH report 2016). 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? 100% of cotton used by Norrøna is organic or recycled. In addition, recycled materials such as polyester (39%) are used where possible. A 25% share of preferable materials processed is certain. However, the overall proportion of environmentally preferable raw materials used is not 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 clothing is bluesign® and GOTS certified, which means that high standards are maintained for suitable chemical use and water policies during production. This certification is applicable to a some products 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 does not 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

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? All standards are mentioned in Norrøna's Code of Conduct. 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)? 1. Yes, legally binding employment relationships; 2. Yes, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime (max 12 hours) is voluntary; 3. Yes, commitment to implement payment of living wages. 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? Score-unknown   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? Score-unknown   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 Ethical Trading Initiative Norway (ETI-N). Source
7. Does this initiative require clear minimum performance levels for member brands? Score-unknown   Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour 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
9. Is at least 50% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Score-unknown   Source
10. Is at least 75% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Score-unknown   Source
11. Is at least 95% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Norrøna 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
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 has a publicly available ETI-Norway member report. Bergans reports that 5 out of 23 apparel manufacturers were assessed in 2016. Whether they represent at 90% of Norrøna's production volume remains unclear (see link, request IEH report, see page 18-22). Source
13. Does the brand (owner) publicly commit to a living wage benchmark with defined wages per production region or factory? 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 2016). 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 9. Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? Norrøna implements corresponding measures, such as analysing wages for some of suppliers in Viet am and China. However, clear results of realized living wage payments are not yet reported (see link, request IEH report, see page 28). 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 publicly report clear results of its measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers (see link, request IEH report 2016). Source