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Zeeman
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 13 out of 36

Sustainability summary

Zeeman has achieved the C-label. Zeeman is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed.

Brand owner: Zeeman B.V.
Head office: Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands
Sector: Retailers
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Shirts, Jackets, Jeans

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Zeeman sustainability score report

Last edited: 9 August 2018 by Karin
Last reviewed: 9 August 2018 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 7
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Zeeman implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as improving its load factor, switching to LED lighting and implementing the use of solar-energy or related to logistics (see link, page 25). 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? Zeeman states to have decreased its carbon footprint around 1 percent since 2014 (53,693 tons of CO2 in 2011) but has not published the total climate footprint for 2017 (see link, page 22-23, 55). Source
3. Is the efficiency of greenhouse gas emissions below 200 kg CO2-eq per square meter shopping floor per year? Zeeman reported its CO2 per square for each country. The efficiency is well below 200 kg/m2 (see link, page 54-55). Source
4. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Zeeman reports that the installation of 6700 solar panels generated 231,872 kWh electricity and compensated 'a large part' of the electricity use of the distribution centre and the office. However, Zeeman is not clear about the total percentage share (see link, page 36). 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? Zeeman has set a target to reduce 20% of its total energy consumption by 2020 compared to 2014, but does not communicate concrete information on target reductions for its climate footprint of own operations (see link, page 22-23). 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)? Zeeman mentions the target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations, but does not provide concrete information on measures implemented, and results achieved (see link, page 22-23). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

5 out of 15
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Zeeman became a member of the 'Better Cotton Initiative' in 2014 and in 2017 8,6% of the cotton processed was 'Better Cotton, resulting in an overall raw materials share of 8%. By 2020, the share on total cotton use is intended to be 25% (see link, pages 22-23, 28 & 35). 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? Zeeman communicates that it only rarely uses leather for its products, and states that its products must not contain any Chromium III or VI (see link, page 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? Zeeman implements several measures to limit the use of hazardous chemicals, but does not report concrete results of its policy (see link, page 34-35). 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? Zeeman has published an Restricted Substances List online but it does not report whether at least 1 out of 11 suspect chemical groups, such as Phthalates, Azo Dyes or BFRs, can be considered as fully phased-out in the global supply chain already (see link, page 34-35). 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? See remark for environmental policy question 9. 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%? Zeeman specifies that according to its List of Restricted Chemicals, the use of PVC is not allowed for all its products (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? Zeeman does not openly communicate a policy to reduce solvent based chemicals in their shoes 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? Zeeman implements measures to minimize the environmental impact of its consumer packaging, such as reducing the use of plastic bags, or initiating new concepts like "deposit bags". Furthermore, aggregate results regarding its consumer packaging materials footprint are made public (see link, page 22-23, 54). 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? Zeeman implements measures to minimize the environmental impact of its consumer packaging, such as reducing the use of plastic bags, or initiating new concepts like "deposit bags". Furthermore, aggregate results regarding its consumer packaging materials footprint are made public (see link, page 22-23, 54). Source
15. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Zeeman does not 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? Zeeman has its own Code of Conduct and also has added the ETI CoC. All standards are mentioned. 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, number 8 in the COC mention a 'recognised employment relationship established through national law and practice'; 2. Yes, number 6 mentions a maximum working week of 48 hours and overtime (max 12 hours) is voluntary; 3. Yes, number 5 mentions a commitment to implement payment of living wages. 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 at number 2, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions. Zeeman says this right is judged in audits at factories (see link, page 33). 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? Zeeman states sandblasting of jeans is no longer used in the brand's supply chains (see link, page 35). 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? Zeeman provides some information concerning its direct suppliers, but has not published a comprehensive overview of at least 90% of its direct suppliers (see link page 30). 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? Zeeman is a member of Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) (see link, page 28). 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? ETI is acknowledged as a Multi-Stakeholder-Initiative (MSI). Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Zeeman 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? In 2017 99% of Zeeman's production volume was under monitoring on apparel manufacturer level. But, Zeeman does not clearly and comprehensively specify results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its apparel manufacturers – e.g. with regard to European producers (see link, page 29-33). 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? Zeeman states that 84% of their purchasing value has been audited by third parties (TÜV SÜD, BSCI, Sedex and others). But, specification of its audits by eligible third party organizations is not specified (see link, page 30). 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? Zeeman implements measures to achieve the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers. Whether first living wage payments are realized is not yet specified however (see link, page 28-32, 57). 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? Zeeman participates in initiatives such as Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) to increase the sustainability of cotton production. But, Zeeman does not publicly report on overall results of its policies to improve labor conditions at its 2nd tier suppliers in the fabric manufacturing phase from spinning to final fabric (see link, page 35). 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