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Schöffel
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 16 out of 34

Sustainability summary

Schöffel has achieved the C-Label. This means Schöffel is on its way toward sustainability, but more improvement is needed. Publishing a carbon footprint would be an important step forward. In terms of environmental protection, Schöffel scores points for their collection, which is partly bluesign® certified, but its share of environmentally friendly materials remains unclear. As a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, Schöffel is actively involved in improving working conditions in the supplier industry, reporting transparently on the results.

Brand owner: Schöffel Sportbekleidung GmbH
Head office: Schwabmünchen, Germany
Sector: Sport & outdoor clothing
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Pants

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Schöffel sustainability score report

Last edited: 2 April 2019 by RSM - Students
Last reviewed: 2 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? Schöffel employs various initiatives to reduce their climate footprint, such as sourcing renewable energy, but they have not published any climate footprint of their own operations from 2016 to 2018 (see link, page 8, 44, 45). Source
2. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Schöffel states that it sources renewable energy for its headquarters and eight of its stores, using self-generated solar power and hydropower from a certified provider. More information about total percentage share and additionality of supply is needed, but a minimum percentage of 50% seems certain. 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'? Schöffel employs various initiatives to reduce the emission from their supply chain, such as collaborating with a sustainable logistics provider (see link, page 43), but they have not published any climate footprint of their supply chain from 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? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. 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? Schöffel does not communicate any information on its climate footprint towards a climate neutrality goal for its 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? Schöffel has a collection made from 4% natural fibres, but does not specify the nature of these fibres (see link, page 43). It also uses organic cotton for its collection (see link next question), but does not specify what percentage of its total annual volume this represents. A minimum share of 10% 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 carbon emissions 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? Schöffel'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? Schöffel communicates it aims to phase out PFC 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 (see link next question, page 43). 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? Schöffel does not report on the annual results of its shipping packaging policy. 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? Schöffel implements several measures to reduce its annual absolute waste footprint, but concrete aggregate results regarding its annual absolute waste footprint are not made public. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Schöffel offers its customers the opportunity to make use of its repair service (see link, page 12). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

11 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? As a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), Schöffel adheres to the FWF Code of Labour Practices, which includes all these standards. Together with FWF, they publish an annual report with a summary about social compliance in the supply chain, including labour conditions at suppliers. 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)? Schöffel is a member of Fair Wear Foundation, which requires complaints procedures within factories and provides off-site complaints handlers as well. More than 25% of workers are informed about their rights regarding this mechanism (see link, page 25), including by Schöffel's own trainings. 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? Schöffel has published a list of direct suppliers which covers 100% of the total purchase volume (see link, pages 16-17). 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? The list of direct suppliers is supplemented by specific products per factory (see link, pages 31, 32). 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? Schöffel 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? Schöffel is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (as well as the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles). Source
7. Does this initiative require clear minimum performance levels for member brands? Fair Wear Foundation has certain basic requirements that need to be upheld by all its members, otherwise they will be suspended for a minimum of 1 year (see link, page 5). Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? 99% of Schöffel's total production volume at direct suppliers is verified under standard monitoring by the Fair Wear Foundation concerning good labour conditions (see link, page 3). 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? Schöffel informs Tier II suppliers about Fair Wear Foundation's Code of Labour Practices, but 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? Schöffel has initiated a living wage project in Vietnam. However, it does not yet have a policy for other production countries, nor has it publicly committed yet to any living wage benchmarks (see link, page 39). 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? Schöffel's measures to achieve living wage payments at its apparel manufacturers are not rated with the 'Advanced approach' status by the Fair Wear Foundation (see link, page 13). Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? Schöffel reports for its living wage project in Vietnam that 84% of workers already receive at least the set target living wage, but the target living wage has not been specified (see link, page 39). 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? 84% of Schöffel's production volume is from suppliers where it buys at least 10% of the production capacity and 40% of Schöffel's business relationships exist for at least 5 years (see link, page 6-7) Source