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Veja
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 13 out of 36

Sustainability summary

Based on our sustainability criteria, Veja has achieved the C label. This means that the brand scores quite well compared to other brands in the shoe sector. Veja scores mainly on criteria regarding labor conditions and evironmental protection. In the area of climate change the company can still make improvements. Also, Veja's reporting on sustainability should be in general more up-to-date.

Brand owner: Veja Fair Trade Sarl
Head office: Paris, France
Sector: Shoes & footwear
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Veja, Shoes, Boots, Sneaker

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Veja 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? Veja has a policy to reduce carbon emission in their methods of transportation, organization, production and packaging. On top, Veja uses green electricity at its headquarters. 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? Veja has not disclosed the carbon footprint of own operations. Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Veja reports to use electricity from ENERCOOP at its headquarter. However, it remains unclear, whether this covers all the electricty use of Veja´s own operations (e.g. warehouse, server webshop). 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? Veja has not announced a specific target to reduce its own operations carbon footprint. 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? Veja does not communicate a policy to reduce the carbon emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

7 out of 16
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? The majority of raw materials processed is made from preferable resources, such as natural rubber, organic cotton or recycled palstics. However, the leather is not synthetic, but eco-tanned and not sourced from the Amazon. A clear breakdown of materials used remains to be published. 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? Veja states that although it is very hard to control the leather supply chain, that no the leather is sourced from cattle farms in the Amazon region. 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? Veja only uses eco-tanned leather created with vegetable extract such as Acacia, so no chromium is used in the tanning processes. 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? Veja's footwear is EU Ecolabel certified, which means that high standards are maintained for responsible chemical and water use during production. This certification is applicable to the entire collection. 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? Veja 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 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%? Veja does not explicitly report about having phased out resp. not using 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? Veja does not provide information about the use of solvent based chemicals like adhesives. 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? Veja implements several measures to minimize the impact of its packaging, such as using recycled and recyclable cardboard, or having reduced the size of its shoe-box in 2002 to optimize efficiency. But, tangible aggregate results regarding its packaging materials footprint, including materials for carrier bags and shipping packaging, are not made public. 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? Veja 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? Veja does not report, whether the return or re-use of shoes by its customers is stimulated. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

5 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? Veja does not publish a Code of Conduct on its website. However, Veja follows the Fairtrade standard. For the Fairtrade standard, see link for questions 2&3 below. 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. Yes, maximum working week is 48 hours and overtime is max 12 hours ; 3. Yes, commitment to implement payment of living wages (see link, p.9-11). 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, p.9-11). Source
4. Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms? Veja states the objective to be knowledgeable and in control of its whole leather supplier chain, from the cows nurturing and living conditions to the tanning and dying process of the leather. 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? Veja provides a cartographic application which most likely covers 90% of Veja's total production. 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? Veja does not communicate up to date 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? Veja does not provide tangible, up to date 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? Veja reported to have worked with a new supplier for its spring-summer collection 2014. However, since reporting for 2009 no new results on social were published. 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? Veja reports that workers from the partner factory working with since 2005 earned 238 Euros a month in 2010, plus a premium was paid at the end of the year. Per month the wage was thus 16% higher compared to the legal minimum wage for the shoe industry in Brazil (205€) in 2010. However, information not older than 2,5 years are not made public. 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? Veja reports on some measures regarding the manufacturing phases for rubber and leather. Also prices paid for wild rubber and organic cotton supplies are published. However, up to date results of Veja's labour conditions policy for leather producers and the fabric manufacturing phases from spinning to final fabric for cotton are not reported. 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