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Lowa
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 6 out of 36

Sustainability summary

Based on our sustainability criteria, Lowa has achieved the D-label. According to us, Lowa has started to take sustainability into account, mostly regarding labor conditions. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Tecnica Group S.p.A.
Head office: Treviso, Italy
Sector: Shoes & footwear
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Lowa, Shoes, Boots

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Lowa sustainability score report

Last edited: 23 February 2015 by Mario
Last reviewed: 23 February 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? Lowa has taken several policy measures to reduce carbon emissions, such as avoiding long transport routes (see link, page 5). 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? Lowa has not published the carbon footprint of last years, so it is not clear if the annual carbon emissions have actually been reduced. Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Lowa does not provide tangible information on the use of renewable energy for its own operations. 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? Lowa has not published a concrete target or timeline to reduce greenhouse gas 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? Lowa does not communicate information on a carbon emissions policy for its supply chain beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 out of 16
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Lowa mentions no policy on their website to substitute leather and synthetic rubber with environmentally friendlier materials. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. 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? Lowa states to only source leather from European origin. 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? Lowa does not openly communicate a policy to to limit chromium and other harmful substances pollution caused by leather tanning processes. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. 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? Lowa mentions several initiatives regarding the use of chemicals. The company uses the Restricted Substances List (RSL) of CADS, and is mapping the supply chain. However, the company has not made a firm statement to ban all hazardous chemicals for the production chain (see link, p.5). 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? Lowa does not report 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. 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%? Lowa does not mention any clear target 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? Lowa does not mention any policies to minimize the use of solvents 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? Lowa 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? Lowa 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? Lowa 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? All standards are mentioned in Lowa┬┤s Code of Conduct (see link, pages 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. No, not explicitly mentioned; 2. Yes, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime (max 12 hours) is generally voluntary; 3. Yes, commitment to implement payment of living wages (see link, pages 2-3). 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? This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions (see link, page 4). Source
4. Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms? Lowa's Code of Conduct is applicable for all its suppliers. Furthermore, its leather is manufactured in Italy and Germany. 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? Lowa does not provide a list of direct suppliers on its website. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. 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? 95% of all Lowa products are produced in "the center of Europe", but is unclear which countries these are and whether they are considered low-risk by Made-By. 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 5. Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Lowa does not provide tangible 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? Lowa 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? Lowa 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