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El Naturalista & sustainability


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First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 7 out of 36

Sustainability summary

Based on our sustainability criteria, El Naturalista has achieved the D-label. According to us, El Naturalista takes sustainability into account, such as implementing measures to reduce its carbon emissions, sourcing its raw materials mainly within Europe, the making of a Code of Conduct for suppliers or the publication of a supplier list. However, El Naturalista could gain more points by being even more transparant about its policy on sustainability.

Brand owner: El Naturalista
Head office: Mutilva Alta, Spain
Sector: Shoes & footwear
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: El Naturalista, Bags, Shoes, Boots

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El Naturalista sustainability score report

Last edited: 30 March 2015 by Mario
Last reviewed: 30 March 2015 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? El Naturalista has taken several policy measures to reduce carbon emissions, such as solar panels and a gradual change to low energy light bulbs (see link, p.24). 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? El Naturalista does not publish the annual carbon footprint of last years on its website. 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? El Naturalista reports to use renewable energy for its electricity supply at its new factory in Montes Claros, but is neither clear about the total percentage share nor about the sources of supply (see link, p.20). 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? El Naturalista does not communicate tangible information on target reductions for its green house 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? El Naturalista does not communicate a policy to reduce the green house gas emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations on its website. 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? El Naturalista reports, that some of its key materials are leather and rubber. The proportion of more environmentally materials used is not reported (see link, p.11). 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? El Naturalista's leather is to 95% of European origin (Spain, Germany, France, Italy) and to 5% sourced from Asian countries (see link, p.11-13). 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? To at least 60% tanning of El Naturalista's shoes takes place in Spain. Furthermore the use of Chromium VI is forbidden. However, whether all leather tanning takes place in the EU, or how measures are implemented to minimize the enivronmental pollution of leather tanning is not specified enough. 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? El Naturalista refers to several standards such as REACH (not considered eligible), but 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? El Naturalista does not state whether at least 1 out of 11 suspect chemical groups, such as Heathy Metals or Chlorophenols can be considered as fully phased-out in the entire production chain(see link, p.13 & 41). 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%? El Naturalista does not report about having a plan to phase out PVC from 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? El Naturalista reports to use water-based glues. It was the company's goal to use water-based glues or adhesives by 2014 in all the production processes only. However, whether this goal is achieved and what the currently achieved level of VOC is, is not reported (see link, p.24 & 45). 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? El Naturalista 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? El Naturalista implements several measures related to its waste production across the entire production chain of own operations, but does not report on the annual results of its waste reduction policy (see link, p.22-24). Source
16. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? El Naturalista does not report, whether the return or re-use of shoes by its customers is stimulated. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

4 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? El Naturalista manufactures 100% of its shoes in its three production sites, which are located in Spain and Morocco. In its Code of Conduct, which is applicable to suppliers too, all standards are mentioned (see link, page 1). 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, mentioned. 2. Overtime is voluntary, but no specification of maximum working hours. 3. Fair and equal renumeration is mentioned, in accordance with national laws and regulations. However, no explicit mentioning of a living wage (see link, page 2). 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? This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions (see link, page 2). Source
4. Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms? El Naturalista's Code of Conduct also applies to leather production stages such as tanneries. The factory list of El Naturalista also includes supplying tanneries which are located in Spain. 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? El Naturalista manufactures 100% of its shoes in its three production sites, which are located in Spain and Morocco. Furthermore, El Naturalista publishes a supplier list for purchases related to leather, garments, bamboo, textiles and packaging. 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? El Naturalista does not share any information on being a member of collective initiatives. 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? El Naturalista manufactures 100% of its shoes in its three production sites, which are located in Spain and Morocco. El Naturalista does not provide tangible information on capacity building measures at its 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? El Naturalista manufactures 100% of its shoes in its three production sites, which are located in Spain and Morocco. El Naturalista does not publicly report outcomes or results of its policies for labor conditions at its 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? 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? El Naturalista 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