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Tchibo - Mode & sustainability


Tchibo - Mode
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 9 out of 36

Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: Tchibo GmbH
Head office: Hamburg, Germany
Sector: Retailers
Categories : Male, Female, Kids, Baby
Free Tags: Tchibo, Shirts, Dress, Jeans, Jackets, Bags, Pullover, Shoes

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Tchibo - Mode sustainability score report

Last edited: 15 October 2017 by Beppie
Last reviewed: 2 September 2017 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? Tchibo implements several measures to reduce climate emissions such as the use of fuel-efficient company vehicles, and the implementation of programs to increase the sustainability performance of logistics (see link, page 57-61). 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? Tchibo published a climate footprint for 2015, but does not specify clearly whether its entire own operations greenhouse gas emissions are covered (see link, page 77). Source
3. Is the efficiency of greenhouse gas emissions below 200 kg CO2-eq per square meter shopping floor per year? Tchibo does not provide concrete information about an energy efficiency lower than 200 kg CO2e per square meter shopping floor per year. Source
4. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Tchibo communicates that its locations in Germany exclusively use “ok-power-certified” electricity from renewable energy sources. But, there is no clear reporting concerning renewable energy supply outside Germany, respectively its overall share of renewable energy sourced (see link, page 60 & 89). 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? Tchibo does not communicate up to date target reductions for its total climate footprint of own operations. Only relative reduction, for instance related to logistics, are specified (see link, page 58-60). 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)? Tchibo is member of the "Carbon Performance Improvement Initiative" (CPI2), a joint initiative to reduce climate emissions in production chains. However, comprehensive information / results directly related to Tchibo's suppliers are not reported yet (see link, page 44). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

3 out of 15
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? In 2015, 80% of total cotton use was more environmentally friendly (organic, Better Cotton / Cotton Made in Africa). However, Tchibo does not provide percentages of the total use of environmentally friendly materials related to all raw materials processed (see link, page 36, 37, 53 & 76). 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? Tchibo has signed the Greenpeace Zero-Discharge Commitment in 2014. Companies that signed this document promise to 'eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures that are associated with the making and using of company's products, by 2020' (see link, page 36, 43 & 44). 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? Tchibo states that Per fluorinated chemicals (PFCs) are not used in its products (anymore), but that its uses “ecorepel®” as a water and dirt repellent (see link, page 44). 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? See remark for environmental policy question 8. However, it remains unclear, whether at least three hazardous chemical groups, such as Azo Dyes or APEOs, can be considered eliminated (see link, page 44). 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? Tchibo aims to offer entirely chromium free tanned leather products by 2016. Thereby, about 98% of its leather products for sale in 2015 already meet this requirement (see link, page 37. 38 & 98). 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%? Tchibo does not specify its status on phasing out PVC in their products. 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? Tchibo does not report whether an average of max. 30 grams of VOC emissions per pair of shoe is achieved. 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? Tchibo implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its packaging. Furthermore, aggregate results regarding its packaging materials footprint are made public, but cover Tchibo's German operations only. Also it remains unclear, whether key figures for shipping packaging and carrier bags are included too (see link, page 78). 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? Tchibo does not report clearly on the annual results of its waste reduction policy. Source
15. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Tchibo does not report, whether the return (for the prupose of recycling, but not donations) or re-use of garments by its customers is stimulated. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

5 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 Tchibo's Social and Environmental Code of Conduct for suppliers (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. Yes, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime (max 12 hours) is generally voluntary; 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 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? Tchibo has not publicly issued that sandblasting is banned from the brand's supply chains. 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? Tchibo publishes a list of production countries. However, the company 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? Tchibo is a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) (see link, page 83). 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? Tchibo is a member of ETI, which means that Labor 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? Tchibo implements several measures for capacity building at production facilities, e.g. to increase efficiency / its competitive position. In doing so, Tchibo collaborates with GIZ and other initiatives. However, reporting on results realized is not provided yet (see link, page 40). 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? Tchibo publishes an overview of the auditing process. However, it remains unclear whether at least 90% of its production volume for clothing were monitored in 2014 (see link, page 33-45 & 75). 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? Tchibo offers GOTS-certified products, but it remains unclear whether at least 25% of the production volume is verified as compliant against the standards from eligible third parties or certification schemes, such as SA8000 or GOTS (see link, page 53 & 76). 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? Tchibo implements several measures to promote living wages, for example within its 'WE programme'. But, concrete information on realized living wage payments are not reported yet (see link, page 33-45). 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? Tchibo participates at initiatives such as Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) or 'Cotton Made in Africa' to increase the sustainability of cotton production. But, Tchibo does not publicly report on overall results of its policies to improve labor conditions at its 2nd tier suppliers in the fabric manufacturing phase (see link, page 33-45). 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 question 13. Source