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van Lier
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 10 out of 36

Sustainability summary

Based on our sustainability criteria, Van Lier has achieved the D-label. Van Lier has earned it by communicating hardly any concrete about the policies for environmental and climate protection. However, since April 2015 Van Lier is member at Fair Wear Foundation. This is a good step to join forces against weak labour conditions in the production chain. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Van Lier Amsterdam BV
Head office: Breda, the Netherlands
Sector: Shoes & footwear
Categories : Male
Free Tags: Shoes, Boots, Sneaker

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Van Lier sustainability score report

Last edited: 27 October 2017 by Shilpa
Last reviewed: 25 January 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 Lier implements measures to reduce the climate impact of its own operations, such as reducing travel requirements and striving for paper free communication within the company. 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 Lier does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years. 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 Lier 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 Lier 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 Lier 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 Lier does not communicate a policy for substituting conventional raw materials such as leather, synthetic rubber or polyester with environmentally friendlier alternatives. 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 Lier specifies it uses leather originating from Argentina, Italy, Portugal and Spain. 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 Lier reports a policy to limit the environmental pollution caused by Chromium, such as encouragement of Chrome III reduction or aiming to produce metal free leather articles. 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? Van Lier has not published any commitment to eliminate all hazardous chemicals other than Chromium 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 Lier does not report whether at least 1 suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or BFRs have been phased out from their global supply chain and products. 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%? Van Lier 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 Lier 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? Van Lier 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? Van Lier 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 Lier does not report, whether the return or re-use of shoes by its customers is stimulated. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

8 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 Lier is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). For FWF's labour standards, see link questions 2&3 below. In the 'Labour Standards' all these standards are mentioned (standards 1,2,3,7). 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? In FWF Labour Standards: 1. Yes, legally-binding employment relationships; 2. Yes, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime is voluntary; 3. Yes, commitment to implement payment of living wages(see link standards 5,6,8). 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? In FWF Labour Standards: This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions. Source
4. Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms? Van Lier does not make clear if the Code of Conduct and consequent labour conditions policy also applies further down the footwear production chain, such as leather tanning or cattle farms. 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 Lier does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. 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 Lier is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) since April 2015. 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? FWF is a Multi-Stakeholder Initiative where Labour Unions and/or business-independent NGO’s have a formal and co-decisive voice within the initiative and are co-responsible for the integrity and credibility of the initiative. Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Van Lier 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? Van Lier has a publicly available audit report on the FWF website. In 2016/17 92% of Van Lier production volume was under monitoring on apparel manufacturer level (see link, page 14). 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? According to FWF, 83% of Van Lier's production volume is made in low risk countries in terms of weak labour conditions (see link, page 14). 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? Van Lier has initiated measures to research the wage levels at its apparel manufacturers, using the FWF's Wage Ladder system. However, concrete results are not yet reported (see link, page 12). 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 Lier does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor 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