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Vivobarefoot & sustainability


Vivobarefoot
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 8 out of 36

Sustainability summary

Vivobarefoot has achieved the D-label. Vivobarefoot has started to take sustainability into account. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Vivobarefoot Ltd.
Head office: London, United Kingdom
Sector: Shoes & footwear
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Shoes, Boots

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Vivobarefoot sustainability score report

Last edited: 15 March 2017 by Hilary
Last reviewed: 15 March 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? Vivobarefoot implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as the implementation of energy efficiency measures. 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? Vivobarefoot 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? Vivobarefoot does not communicate its renewable energy policy. 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? Vivobarefoot mentions aiming for shoes that ‘have no adverse impact on the environment’, but does not specify the target year. 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? Vivobarefoot refers to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations, but does not provide concrete information on measures implemented, and results achieved. 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? In 2015, 32.2% of Vivobarefoot’s entire collection, was made of environmentally preferred materials, as mentioned by MADE-BY. However, which types of raw materials are included in the calculation is not specified (see also link at next question). 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? Vivobarefoot does not clearly communicate if sourcing leather originating from cattle farms in deforested Amazon areas is avoided, but communicates that majority of leather originates from free roaming cows in Africa. 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? Vivobarefoot reports a policy to limit the environmental pollution caused by chemicals, such as using sustainably tanned hides that minimize water and chemical use, but the brand does not describe clear results of its measures implemented. The brand is therefore not clear about the scale and impact of this policy. 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? Vivobarefoot implements several measures to limit the use of hazardous chemicals, but does not report the results of its policy. 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? See remark for environmental policy question 9. 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%? Vivobarefoot 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? Vivobarefoot 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? Vivobarefoot does not publish its results regarding packaging volumes/weights results for the re-use or reduction of the impact of its consumer packaging. 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? Vivobarefoot implements several measures to reduce its waste material footprint, such as recycling and upcycling. But, concrete aggregate results regarding its waste materials footprint are not made public. Source
16. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Vivobarefoot offers its customers the opportunity to make use of its repair service. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

6 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 Vivobarefoot’s Code of Conduct (see link, page 1-3). 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, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime (max 12 hours) is voluntary, 'except under extraordinary business circumstances', which can mean anything; 3. Yes, commitment to implement payment of living wages (see link, page 1-3). 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 1). Source
4. Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms? Vivobarefoot's Code of Conduct is applicable for all its suppliers, their factories, subcontractors, as well as their own suppliers (see link, page 3). 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? Vivobarefoot does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers, but communicates it produces its shoe all over the world, from China and Cambodia, to Ethiopia and Portugal. 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? Vivobarefoot is a member of 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? MADE-BY is acknowledged as a Multi-Stakeholder-Initiative (MSI). Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Vivobarefoot implements measures to improve labour practices at its apparel manufacturers, namely 'Soul of Africa', a social enterprise that generates earnings, skills and support for communities making the products. However, concrete results, such as wages increased or working hours decreased, are not reported. 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? Vivobarefoot does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its supplying factories. 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? Vivobarefoot does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its suppliers, which are verified by eligible third parties. 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 10. 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? Vivobarefoot’s Code of Conduct states that every worker throughout the supply chain has a right to Living Wage compensation. However, there is no clear reporting in how far this target is achieved. 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? Vivobarefoot does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labour conditions at its fabric manufacturers. 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