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Sustainability summary

ECCO has achieved the E-label, because only a little information is published about a policy on sustainability. It is hard to see the effort ECCO is making on sustainability. Therefore, more policy and transparency is needed.

Brand owner: ECCO Sko A/S
Head office: Bredebro, Denmark
Sector: Shoes & footwear
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Ecco, Bags, Shoes, Boots, Sneaker

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ECCO sustainability score report

Last edited: 23 November 2016 by Katharina
Last reviewed: 23 November 2016 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? ECCO takes several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as using renewable electricity at its tanneries, or implementing energy efficiency measures to reduce the energy use – for instance with respect to the factories (see link, page 40). 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? ECCO does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years. It is therefore 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? ECCO reports on the use of renewable energy, but is not clear about the total percentage share (see link, page 41). 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? ECCO does not communicate any information on target reductions for its climate footprint/greenhouse gas emissions of own operations. 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? ECCO owns a significant part of the production of leather and shoes. ECCO shows clear improvements in the energy efficiency of producing their leather. However, actual results in terms of reduced climate emissions are not specified (see link, page 43). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 16
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? ECCO does not communicate a policy for substituting leather and synthetic rubber with environmentally friendlier alternatives (see link, page 26 & 40-49). 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? ECCO imports raw animal skins from all over the world, but does not openly communicate a policy to prevent the destruction of rainforest caused by cattle farm expansion for meat and leather production. 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? ECCO reports that 100% of the used leather comes from tanneries with at least a silver or gold certification according to the Leather Working Group (see link, page 42). 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? ECCO implements measures to limit the use of hazardous chemicals, but does not report the results of its policy (see also link at previous question, page 42). 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? ECCO does not report whether at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or Perfluorinated chemicals can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production (see link, page 42). 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 9. 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%? ECCO does not specify its status on phasing 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? ECCO 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? ECCO 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? ECCO implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its generated waste, such as recycling. Furthermore, concrete aggregate results regarding its waste materials footprint are reported (see link, page 43). Source
16. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? ECCO does not report, whether the return or re-use of shoes by its customers is stimulated. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

2 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? All standards are mentioned in ECCO's Code of Conduct (see link, page 2-4). 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. Not mentioned; 2. Work hours refer to legal standards but not a specific amount of hours; 3. No, mentioning of minimum and industry wage, not living wage (see link, page 3). 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? In the CoC of ECCO the freedom of association is mentioned, but nothing found about situations in which this right is restricted by law (see link, page 3). Source
4. Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms? ECCO does not make clear if the Code of Conduct and consequent labour conditions policy also applies further down the footwear production chain, such as cattle farms (see link, page 2). 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? ECCO has disclosed the list of own production facilities including tanneries (see link, page 72-73). Ecco states its the only major shoe company to own and operate its own production facilities (see link, next question). 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? ECCO does not communicate any information about being part of a collective initiative or purchasing from an accredited supplier, on its website. 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? ECCO refers to improvement of production quality and efficiency. However, concrete results, such as wages increased or working hours decreased, are not reported (see link, page 3, 7, 9,25, 42-44). 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? ECCO does not publicly report outcomes or results of its policies to improve labor conditions at its suppliers / owned production facilities. 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? ECCO does not provide concrete information whether living wage payments are realized at its apparel manufacturers / owned production facilities. 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? ECCO does not report results of its labour conditions policy for the leather and fabric manufacturing phases (See link, page 46-47). 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