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Simon Lévelt & sustainability


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First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 4 out of 19

Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: Simon Lévelt
Head office: Haarlem, the Netherlands
Sector: Tea brands
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Free Tags: EKO, Fairtrade

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Simon Lévelt sustainability score report

Last edited: 2 October 2018 by Maarten
Last reviewed: 2 October 2018 by Maarten

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 4
1. Does the brand (owner) have a policy to reduce climate emissions generated from its own operations as well as its product supply chain? Simon Lévelt implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of both its own operations and its supply chain, such as using renewable energy (see link Climate question 3) and experimenting with sailing ships rather than tankers to import goods (see link). Source
2. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its 'own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Simon Lévelt does not publish an annual absolute climate footprint of its own operations. Source
3. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its supply chain that is 'beyond own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Simon Lévelt does not publish an annual absolute climate footprint of its supply chain. Source
4. Has the brand (owner) set a target to make at least its own operations fully climate neutral by 2030, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? Simon Lévelt does not disclose information about a target to become climate neutral. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 7
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 5% of its volume? Simon Lévelt reports that 70% of its tea is EKO Organic and 11% has the Max Havelaar certification. It is unclear what percentage of tea is multi-certified. As such Simon Lévelt's tea is at least 46% environmentally certified. Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 30% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 70% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 95% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand (owner) report what percentage of its consumer packaging materials are renewable or made from recycled materials, and does the brand implement best practices or concrete policies which have reduced the environmental impact of their packaging materials? Simon Levelt does provide some of their tea in compostable packaging but does not disclose any percentages. Source
7. Does the brand (owner) publish its absolute waste materials footprint and implement concrete policies to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, thereby decreasing its waste footprint compared to the previous reporting year? Simon Levelt does not disclose any information about their waste materials footprint. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 out of 8
1. Does the brand (owner) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers’ income that goes beyond certification? Simon Lévelt is closely involved with the Tierra Nova Fund, which helps the sustainable development of coffee and tea producers. However, concrete results regarding increase in income beyond certification have not yet been reported. Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? Simon Lévelt purchases Max Havelaar certified tea for 11% of their total volume, meaning their tea is 11% socially certified. Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 20% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 40% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 60% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 80% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (company) use socially certified tea for at least 95% of its volume, thus combating child labor and forced labour, and providing a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of tea suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of tea? Simon Lévelt doesn't provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source