Rank a Brand

How sustainable is van Bommel ?

Van Bommel & sustainability


Vanbommel
Dont buy Click here for score rapport: 2 out of 36

Sustainability summary

Based on our sustainability criteria, Van Bommel has achieved the E-label. This is our lowest possible sustainability score, and Van Bommel has earned it by communicating hardly concrete information about the policies for environment, carbon emissions or labor conditions possibly in low-wages countries. For us as consumers, it is unclear whether Van Bommel is committed to sustainability or not.

Brand owner: Schoenfabriek wed. J.P. van Bommel
Head office: Moergestel, The Netherlands
Sector: Shoes & footwear
Categories : Male
Free Tags: Shoes, Sneaker

What's your sustainability news about van Bommel?

Van Bommel sustainability score report

Last edited: 29 December 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 29 December 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? Van Bommel implements several measures to reduce its climate footprint, such as 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? Van Bommel does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years. 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? Van Bommel does not provide concrete 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? Van Bommel does not communicate any information on target reductions for its climate 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? Van Bommel does not communicate a policy to reduce the climate emissions in the supply chain that is 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? Van Bommel communicates to not process exotic animal skins, like crocodiles or snakes. Also nur fur is used. However, van Bommel does not mention the use of alternative materials for leather and rubber in their shoes. 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? Van Bommel communicates that the upper leather of the shoes is exclusively purchased from Italy. However, no information is provided about the origin for other leather, such as for (inner) soles or lining. 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? Van Bommel uses both chrome-tanned and vegetable-tanned leather for its products. However, it remains unclear whether at least 50% of the used leather is tanned without Chromium. Also it is not specified where the tanneries for van Bommel's leather are located. 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? Van Bommel 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? Van Bommel 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 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%? Van Bommel 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? Van Bommel states that its glues and edge dies are all water-based and as a result entirely solvent-free. 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? Van Bommel only uses shoeboxes that are produced from recycled cardboard. Further they choose to transport the shoe boxes in a harmonica-shaped outerbox. Next to some disadvantages, the major advantage is that less ‘air’ is transported. Van Bommel does not annually report on the results of these initiatives. 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? Van Bommel 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? Van Bommel does not provide information that they stimulate the return or re-use of garments, but they provide a search engine to look up local shoe repairs. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 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? Van Bommel works with a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC). They do not publish its CoC openly, but only quote some passages.The details of the CoC stay unclear. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? Van Bommel communicates that a large proportion of its shoes is produced in its own factory in Moergestel, the Netherlands. Furthermore Van Bommel sources from manufacturers located in Spain, Portugal and India (which represents around 5% of the total production volume). However, no list of its direct suppliers is published. 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? Van Bommel does not communicate any information about being part of a collective initiative or purchasing from an accredited supplier. 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 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? Van Bommel does not provide concrete 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? Van Bommel communicates that a large proportion of its shoes is produced in its own factory in Moergestel, the Netherlands. Furthermore Van Bommel sources from manufacturers located in Spain, Portugal and India. However, Van Bommel 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? Van Bommel communicates that a large proportion of its shoes is produced in its own factory in Moergestel, the Netherlands. However, Van Bommel does not provide concrete information about the actual percentage share. 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 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? See remark 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? Van Bommel 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 labor conditions policy question 13. Source