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Ralph Lauren
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Sustainability summary

Ralph Lauren has achieved the E-label, because only a little information is published about a policy on sustainability. According to us, it's hard to see the effort Ralp Lauren is making on sustainability. Therefore, more policy and transparancy is needed.

Brand owner: Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation
Head office: New York, NY, USA
Sector: Premium brands
Categories : Male, Female, Kids, Baby
Free Tags: Bags, Pullover, Shirts, Suits, Jackets, Jeans, Dress, Shoes, Boots

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Ralph Lauren sustainability score report

Last edited: 27 April 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 27 April 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? Ralph Lauren implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as investing in efficient and sustainable transport and implementing energy-efficient practices and measures in their buildings (see link, pages 32-35). 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? Ralph Lauren increased its own operations climate footprint from around 74,000 tons of CO2e in FY15 to around 79,000 tons of CO2e in FY16, which represents an increase of around 6,7% (see link, page 32). Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Ralph Lauren reports on the use of renewable energy (RECs certified wind energy), but is not clear about the total percentage share and additionality of supply (see link, page 34). 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 its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Ralph Lauren does not communicate any information on target reductions for its greenhouse gas 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 (Scope 3)? Ralph Lauren does not communicate a clear policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

0 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Ralph Lauren communicates that cotton is its majority and priority raw material (80%), but does not communicate concrete results on the use of environmentally preferred raw materials, such as organic cotton or recycled materials (see link, page 30 & 60). 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? Ralph Lauren does not communicate any information on an environmental policy to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures to make the clothes and footwear. 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? Ralph Lauren does not report whether at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phtalates or Perfluorinated chemicals can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production. 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. Source
10. 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? Ralph Lauren implements measures to minimize the environmental impact of its consumer packaging, such as having clearly increased its share of recycled content incorporated into customer paper packaging between FY15 and FY16. But, Ralph Lauren does not report on the annual results of its consumer packaging policy (see link, page 30-32). Source
11. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Ralph Lauren implements measures to minimize the environmental impact of its generated waste, such as recycling waste. However, concrete aggregate results regarding its annual waste materials footprint are not made public (see link, page 37-38). Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Ralph Lauren does not report whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is encouraged. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 out of 13
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 these standards are mentioned in Ralph Lauren's Operating Guidelines (see link, page 49). 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. Not mentioned; 2. No, supplier must comply with applicable laws and regulations regarding work hours, but maximum workweek and hours of overtime is not specified; 3. No, only compliance with local laws mentioned (see link, page 49). 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? Freedom of association is mentioned, but nothing found about situations in which this right is restricted by law (see link, page 49). Source
4. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Ralph Lauren does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers, but only regions (see link, page 58). Source
5. 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? Ralph Lauren does not communicate any information about being part of an eligible collective initiative or purchasing from an accredited supplier (see link, page 63 & 64). Source
6. Do independent civil society organizations like NGO's and labor unions have a decisive voice in this collective initiative or in these certification schemes? Ralph Lauren is a member of BSR, but crucial information about labor standards or audit methods is not found on the BSR website, so membership of this organisation is not counted as a 'yes' (see link, page 64). Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Ralph Lauren does not report whether measures at its supplying production facilities are implemented to achieve improved labour practices with respect to product and / or production process quality (see link, page 57-64). Source
8. 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? Ralph Lauren does not publicly report clear results of its policy measures to improve labor conditions at its apparel manufacturers (see link, page 57-64). Source
9. 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? Ralph Lauren does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its suppliers, which are verified by eligible third parties (see link, page 57-64). Source
10. 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 9. Source
11. 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? Ralph Lauren does not provide concrete information about implemented measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers (see link, page 57-64). Source
12. 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? Ralph Lauren does not publicly report clear results of implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers (see link, page 57-64). Source
13. 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? Ralph Lauren does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its fabric manufacturers, which are verified by eligible third parties (see link, page 57-64). Source