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Quechua
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 6 out of 34

Sustainability summary

Quechua has achieved the D-Label. As such, it has achieved its first sustainability milestones. Quechua has started to examine climate emissions in its supply chain, use more environmentally friendly materials for its collection and report on the implementation of its code of conduct in its supply chain, but much more can be done still in terms of using renewable energy, chemical management, waste and packaging policies, payment of living wages, and combating bad labour conditions.

Brand owner: Decathlon S.A.
Head office: Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
Sector: Sport & outdoor clothing
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Decathlon, Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Shoes, Boots

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Quechua 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? Decathlon, brand owner of Quechua, discloses the annual absolute footprint of its own operations, but reports that it has increased from 187.378 tons of CO2 in 2016 to 205.776 tons of CO2 in 2017 (see link, page 5). Source
2. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Decathlon aims to source 100% renewable electricity by 2026 (see link), has generated 4,9 gWh of renewable energy onsite, and purchases green energy, but is not clear about what share of its 547 gWh of total electricity used is sourced from renewables, nor about sources and additionality of supply (see next link, page 81-82, 109). 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'? Decathlon publishes the climate footprint of its value chain that is beyond own operations for 2017, reporting an emissions figure of 8,039,767 tons of CO2 (see link, page 97). 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? Decathlon reports that the absolute annual climate footprint of its value chain beyond own operations has increased from 6,994,359 tons of CO2e in 2016 to 8,039,767 tons of CO2e in 2017 (see link, page 97). 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? Decathlon aims to stabilize all their climate emissions across their value chain by 2021, but does not communicate a climate neutrality goal for its own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

3 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Decathlon reports using 30% cotton for its apparel, of which 55.2% is organic, recycled or BCI-certified. Moreover, up to 9.4% of its polyester is recycled. Decathlon's total percentage of environmentally 'preferred' raw materials remains unclear, but a share of more than 17% can be considered certain (see link, pages 49, 50, & 104). 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? Decathlon only mentions the ZDHC standard for textiles. This standard is not eligible for this question because it is not hazard-based, not concrete enough, lacks wastewater testing detection limits and some key chemical groups (see link, pages 60-61 & 76-79). 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? Decathlon aims to eliminate Perfluorinated Chemicals by 2020, but does not report whether at least one suspect chemical group, can already be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production (see link, pages 60-61). 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? Decathlon does not report the percentage of recycled or renewable materials used for its consumer packaging, nor any annual reductions or best practices—such as sourcing only FSC-certified paper—regarding its packaging materials (see link, pages 50, 89, 91, 107). 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? Decatlon reports the annual waste by type and weight, though it could be clearer about way of disposal. However, it has increased its annual absolute waste footprint from 75,661 tons in 2016 to 88,002 tons in 2017 (see link, page 107). Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Decathlon offers its customers the opportunity to make use of its repair service and is piloting a project which involves collecting end-of-life clothing to ultimately make new products (see link, pages 52-53). 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? Decathlon includes all these standards in its supplier workplace Code of Conduct (see link, page 70, note 76) and has published a progress report with a summary of social compliance in the supply chain on its website (pages 62-85). 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)? Decathlon implements a grievance mechanism in its factories. However it is not clear if the system provides for complaints handlers outside the factory (see link, page 6). 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? Decathlon does not publish a list of its 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 3. 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? Decathlon does not publish a list of its 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? Decathlon does not report being a member of such a multi-stakeholder initiative. Source
7. Does this initiative require clear minimum performance levels for member brands? See remark for labor conditions policy question 6. Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Decathlon reports that, based on its own classification scheme, 69% of its suppliers was rated A, B or C, rather than D or E. However, it remains unclear whether at least 25% of the production volume is verified as compliant against the standards from eligible third parties or certification schemes, such as SA8000 (see link, page 72 & 111). 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? Decathlon states that, following its own rating system, 49% of second-tier production sites have achieved an A, B or C-rating, but does not give a detailed description of the audit process, grievance procedures, capacity building efforts, non-compliance findings and remediation efforts and strategies (see link, pages 72 & 111). Source
13. Does the brand (owner) publicly commit to a living wage benchmark with defined wages per production region or factory? Decathlon mentions living wages in its Code of Conduct (see link, page 6), but has not publicly committed to a living wage benchmark. 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? Decathlon does not provide concrete information on whether living wage payments are realized at its apparel manufacturers. Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? Decathlon does not report on its 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? Overall, 39% of Decathlon's business relationships exist for more than 5 years, 17% for more than 10 years, and 4% even for more than 20 years (see link, page 67). Source