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

Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: Patagonia, Inc.
Head office: Ventura, California, USA
Sector: Sport & outdoor clothing
Categories : Male, Female, Kids, Baby
Free Tags: Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Dress, Shoes

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Patagonia sustainability score report

Last edited: 26 September 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 26 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? Patagonia implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as using renewable electricity at its headquarters or energy efficiency measures at its stores. 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? Patagonia specifies an estimation of having emitted globally 3,617 metric tons of CO2e in 2015. But, a climate footprint of other years is not made public. So it is not clear if the implemented 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? Patagonia has installed solar panels on its headquarter offices which reduces by 14% it's need for electricity from the grid. The actual share of renewable energy used for electricity is not specified however. 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? Patagonia does not communicate any concrete 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)? Patagonia reports on implemented measures to reduce climate emissions in the supply chain, but does not provide concrete results accomplished. 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? Patagonia communicates the use of environmentally preferred materials for a considerable share of its collection, such as Tencel, recycled or organic cotton, recycled nylon and polyester. Though a share of more than 10% is certain, the exact percentage share of the total volume is not clear enough reported. 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? Patagonia's clothing is partly bluesign® certified. This means that during production high environmental standards maintained for chemical and water use. This certification is applicable to some of the 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? Patagonia does not communicate clearly whether or not at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or APEOs chemicals can be considered as entirely eliminated from the production of its entire garment 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? Patagonia has clear objectives and guidelines to reduce the environmental impact of its consumer packaging. However, tangible aggregate results regarding its consumer packaging materials footprint are not made public. 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? Patagonia 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? Patagonia encourages its customers to use the products for as long as possible and offers tips on how to repair them. They also accept used clothing and gear to sell them in a specific 'Worn Wear' section. 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 Patagonia's supplier 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. No, not specifically mentioned; 2. Yes, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime (max 12 hours) is voluntary; 3). Yes, every worker has a right to compensation that is sufficient to meet the worker’s and their family’s basic needs and provide some discretionary income
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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? Freedom of association is mentioned (see source of the previous question), with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions. 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? Patagonia has published an overview of it's contract suppliers which most likely covers 90% of it's total production. 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? Patagonia is a member of Fair Labor Association (FLA). 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? FLA is acknowledged as a ‘Multi Stakeholder Initiative’ (MSI). Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Patagonia collaborates with several initiatives that strive towards improved labour practices, such as Fair Trade USA, FLA or Better Work. However, concrete results, such as wages increased or working hours decreased, are not reported. 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? Patagonia does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its supplying factories. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. 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 8. 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? Patagonia implements corresponding measures. But, concrete results of realized living wage payments are not 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? Patagonia does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers. 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? Some of Patagonia's fabric manufacturers are certified in accordance to GOTS. However, Patagonia does not clearly report, which share of its production from fabric manufacturers have achieved that certification. Source