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Sustainability summary

Based on our sustainability criteria, Clarks has achieved the E-label. This is our lowest possible sustainability score, and Clarks has earned it by communicating nothing concrete about the policies for environment, carbon emissions or labor conditions in low-wages countries. For us as consumers, it is unclear whether Clarks is committed to sustainability or not.

Brand owner: C & J Clark International Limited
Head office: Somerset, UK
Sector: Shoes & footwear
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Shoes, Boots

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Clarks sustainability score report

Last edited: 29 December 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 29 December 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? Clarks implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as implementing energy efficiency measures and using renewable energy. Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual carbon footprint of its 'own operations' and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Clarks does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years. So it is not clear if the policy measures actually helped reduce the total annual carbon 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? Clarks reports to use renewable energy for its electricity supply (solar panels), but is neither clear about the total percentage share nor about the sources of supply. 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 the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Clarks does not communicate any information on target reductions for its climate 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? Clarks does not communicate a concrete policy to reduce the climate emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

0 out of 16
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Clarks has defined a sustainable raw material strategy. However, the overall proportion of preferable raw materials used is not communicated. 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. Does the brand have a clear and effective policy to avoid the use of leather that originates from cattle farms in deforestated Amazone areas? Clarks collaborates with Leather Working Group (LWG), with 80% of its footwear being LWG certified, but does not make clear where the remaining leather originates from. Source
8. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to minimize environmental pollution of chromium and other harmful substances from leather tanning processes, e.g. by waste water treatment or by vegetable tanning? Clarks reports that 80% of all sourced footwear have achieved bronze, silver or gold certification However, Clarks does not specify the share for gold and / or silver certified factories. Source
9. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures to make the footwear? Clarks has not published any commitment to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole life cycle of products. Source
10. Has the brand (company) eliminated at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or Per fluorinated chemicals from its entire garment production? Clarks does not report whether at least 1 out of 11 suspect chemical groups, such as Heavy Metals or Chlorophenols can be considered as fully phased-out in the entire production chain. Source
11. 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 10. Source
12. Does the brand (company) have a clear target to phase out PVC in their products, and has the brand already achieved a PVC phase out level of more than 90%? Clarks does not report about having a plan to phase out PVC in their products. Source
13. Has the brand (company) a clear and effective policy to minimize the use of solvents based chemicals in their shoe production, and has the brand already achieved a level of average max. 40 grams of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions per pair of shoes? Clarks does not openly communicate a policy to reduce solvent based chemicals in their shoe production. Source
14. 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? Clarks implements several measures to reduce its waste materials footprint of its consumer packaging, but does not report on the annual results of its consumer packaging policy. Source
15. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Clarks implements several measures to reduce its waste materials footprint, but does not report on the annual results of its waste reduction policy. Source
16. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Clarks does not report, whether the return or re-use of shoes by its customers is stimulated. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

3 out of 14
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? Yes, all standards are mentioned in Clarks' Code of Conduct (CoC). 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; 2. No, though overtime work must be voluntary, it is stated that work should not be longer than 60 hours per week on a regular basis; 3. No, wage level must only meet at least level of local legal minimum standard. No mentioning of Living Wage. 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? Yes, this right is mentioned in Clarks' CoC. Source
4. Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms? Clarks has an active policy to improve labour conditions at material & component suppliers. Source
5. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Clarks does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source
6. 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? Clarks does not communicate any information about being part of a collective initiative or purchasing from an accredited supplier. Source
7. Do independent civil society organizations like NGO's and labor unions have a decisive voice in this collective initiative or in these certification schemes? See remark for labor conditions policy question 6. Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Clarks does not provide concrete information on capacity building measures at its supplying production facilities for improved labour practices. Source
9. 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? Clarks does not publicly report outcomes or results of its policies to improve labor conditions at its suppliers. Source
10. 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 9. Source
11. 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
12. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 9. Source
13. 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? Clarks does not report on results of its labour conditions policy for the fabric manufacturing phases. Source
14. Are at least 50% of the brand's leather, yarn and fabric production phases approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FLO-Cert, GOTS or SA8000? See remark for labor conditions policy question 13. Source