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Jack & Jones & sustainability


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First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 11 out of 36

Sustainability summary

Jack & Jones has achieved the D-label. According to us, brand owner Bestseller takes sustainability into account. For instance by implementing measures to reduce carbon emissions, by having a Code of Conduct in place that accounts for worker rights or by collaborating with several organisation, such as Danish Ethical Trading Initiative, to improve the labor conditions in its supply chain. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Bestseller A/S
Head office: Brande, Denmark
Sector: Retailers
Categories : Male
Free Tags: Bestseller, Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Suits, Jackets, Jeans, Shoes, Boots

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Jack & Jones sustainability score report

Last edited: 15 February 2016 by Jorien
Last reviewed: 15 February 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 7
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Bestseller (brand owner of Jack & Jones) implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as energy efficiency measures at its stores (see link, page 36). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Bestseller doesn't publish its annual climate footprint of last years. So it is not clear if the policy measures actually helped to reduce the total annual greenhouse gas emissions. Source
3. Is the efficiency of greenhouse gas emissions below 200 kg CO2-eq per square meter shopping floor per year? Bestseller doesn't provide tangible information about an energy efficiency lower than 200 kg CO2e per square meter shopping floor per year (see link, page 36). Source
4. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Bestseller doesn't communicate its renewable energy policy. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. Source
5. Does 100% of the electricity that the brand (company) uses for its ‘own operations’ come from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
6. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Bestseller doesn't communicate concrete information on target reductions for its total greenhouse gas emissions of own operations. Source
7. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations (Scope 3)? Bestseller has included guidelines on climate protection in its supplier code of conduct. Some of its key-suppliers have joined the ‘Cleaner Production Programme’ in Bangladesh. However, Bestseller doesn't yet provide tangible results on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain (see link, page 34). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

4 out of 15
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? For Jack & Jones, in 2014/2015 25% of their cotton was 'Better cotton', which accounts for around 18,75% of overall raw material use. But still, overall use of preferable raw materials isn't specified (see link, page 30, and see link, 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. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures to make the clothes and footwear? Bestseller implements several measures to limit the use of hazardous chemicals, but has not published any commitment to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole life cycle of products up to a specific date (see link, page 32-35). Source
8. Has the brand (company) eliminated at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or Per fluorinated chemicals from its entire garment production? Bestseller states that phthalates have been successfully eliminated from the production of all its garments, effective by 2002. Source
9. Has the brand (company) eliminated at least three suspect chemical groups, such as Phthalates or Per fluorinated chemicals from its entire garment production? Bestseller doesn't report whether at least three suspect chemical groups, such as Azo Dyes or Alkylphenol can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production. However, Bestseller aims to eliminate PFC's entirely by 2016 (see link, page 34). Source
10. 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? Bestseller reports a policy to limit the use of chromium III / VI in its RSL, but does not provide tangible information on the performance to avoid environmental pollution of chromium and other harmful substances from leather tanning processes. Source
11. 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%? According to Bestseller's restricted substance list, PVC is not allowed in its final products and must not be used at any stage in production of any materials (see link, page 6). Source
12. 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? Bestseller doesn't openly communicate a policy to reduce solvent based chemicals in their shoe production. Source
13. 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? Bestseller doesn't report on the annual results of its consumer packaging policy (see link, page 36). Source
14. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Bestseller doesn't report on the annual results of its waste reduction policy (see link, page 36). Source
15. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Jack & Jones doesn't report, whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is stimulated. 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 Bestseller's Code of Conduct (CoC). (see link, page 1-2) 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, Mentioned; 2. No, Working weeks shall not exceed 60 hours, but it is unclear how many hours are allocated as voluntary overtime; 3. Yes, commitment to implement payment of living wages. (see link, pages 1, 2 & 4) 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 2) Source
4. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective health and safety policy for the workers in the finishing process of jeans, at least covering the ban on sandblasting? Bestseller has a Health & Safety document for all denim finishing methods and reports the ban on sandblasting (see link, p.4). 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? Bestseller chooses not to publish the names of its suppliers as they believe it will not make any difference for the workers, they do however give the list to long term stakeholders (see last question of FAQ). 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? Bestseller is a member of the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH). 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? DIEH is acknowledged as a Multi-Stakeholder Initiative. Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Bestseller doesn't report whether policy measures at its supplying production facilities are implemented to achieve improved labour practices with respect to product and / or production process quality. 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? In 2014/2015, approximately more than 90% of Bestseller's production volume was under monitoring on apparel manufacturer level. But, Bestseller's reporting on results isn't detailed enough (see link, pages 10-17). 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? For 2014/2015 Bestseller reports, that 88% of its suppliers were compliant with its CoC. However, it remains unclear whether at least 25% of the production volume can be considered as compliant against the standards from eligible third parties or certification schemes (see link, page 11). 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? Bestseller implements several policy measures to promote living wages. For instance, in 2014, 68 workers from 7 factories in Bangladesh were interviewed. Bestsellers concludes, that they can cover its monthly expenses. However, more concrete information, such as actual wage levels, aren't specified yet (see link, page 16). Source
13. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy for the fabric manufacturing phases, including a reasonable overview of the number and region of workplaces covered by the policy in relation to the total production volume? Bestseller does not report on results of its labour conditions policy for the fabric manufacturing phases from spinning to final fabric. Source
14. Are at least 50% of the fabric manufacturing phases - from spinning to final fabric - approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FLO-Cert, GOTS or SA8000? See remark for labor conditions policy question 13. Source