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

Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: Pentland Group PLC
Head office: London, United Kingdom
Sector: Sport & outdoor - clothing & shoes
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Pentland Group, Jackets, Shoes

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Ellesse sustainability score report

Last edited: 7 May 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 7 May 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Ellesse implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as the implementation of energy efficiency measures. 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? Pentland Group's (brand owner of Ellesse) total climate footprint of own operations decreased from 46,251 tons of CO2 in 2013 (see link, page 47) to 35,002 tons of CO2 in 2016. This represents an decrease of around 24,4% (see link next question, page 31). Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Pentland Group communicates that all its sites in the UK use 100% renewable energy, but is not clear enough about the overall share of renewable energy consumption for electricity, as well as sources, types and additionality of renewable energy supply (see link, page 4). Source
4. 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 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? Pentland Group does not communicate concrete information on target reductions for its climate footprint of own operations. 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)? Pentland Group refers 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 32). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 out of 16
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Neither Pentland Group nor Ellesse communicate a substantial policy for substituting conventional raw materials such as leather, synthetic rubber or polyester with environmentally friendlier alternatives. 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. Does the brand have a clear and effective policy to avoid the use of leather that originates from cattle farms in deforestated Amazone areas? Pentland is a member of the LWG (Leather Working Group) and emphasises the need to not use leather with a heavy environmental impact, but does not communicate a clear and effective policy specifically for sourcing skin from Amazon areas (see link, pages 12 & 27). Source
8. 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? Pentland Group implements measures to limit the pollution of chromium, such as banning the use of Chromium VI. But, neither Pentland Group nor Ellesse clearly describe their results of its measures implemented, and are therefore not clear about the scale and impact of this policy. Source
9. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures to make the clothing and footwear? Pentland Group implements measures to limit the use of hazardous chemicals, and publishes its RSL, but does not report concrete results of its policy to eliminate hazardous chemicals (see link, page 25 & 26). Source
10. Has the brand (company) eliminated at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or Per fluorinated chemicals from its entire garment production? Pentland Group does not clearly report whether at least 1 out of 11 suspect chemical groups, such as azo dyes or chlorophenols can be considered as fully phased-out in the entire production chain (see link, page 25 & 26). Source
11. 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 10. Source
12. 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%? Pentland Group does not specify, if a phase out level of more than 90%? for its brands, respectively Ellesse can be considered realized already. Source
13. 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? Pentland Group mentions solvent based chemicals in the RSL, but the company does not make clear what the current average level of VOC emission is per pair of shoes, nor what the policy for using solvent based chemicals is. Source
14. 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? Pentland Group implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its packaging. But, concrete aggregate results of its packaging materials footprint are not publicly reported yet. Source
15. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Pentland Group implements measures to minimize the environmental impact of its generated waste, and reports on aggregate results regarding its overall waste materials footprint on group level, which was at 367.28 tonnes in 2015 in the UK (see link, page 31). Source
16. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Neither Pentland Group or Ellesse communicate whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is encouraged. 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? Pentland Group (brand owner of Ellesse) has a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) where all the standards are mentioned (see link, pages 4-7). 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? Yes, legally binding employment relationships (see point 9); 2. Yes, maximum working week is 48 hours and a maximum of 12 overtime, unless clearly defined exceptional circumstances are met; 3. Yes, Living wages are paid (point 1) (see link, pages 4-7). 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 point 8) (see link, page 6). Source
4. Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms? Pentland Group does not make clear if the CoC and consequent labour conditions policy also applies further down the footwear production chain, such as leather tanning or cattle farms (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? Pentland Group provides a significant list of direct suppliers on its website. 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? Pentland Group is a founding member of the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI). 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? Pentland is a member of ETI, which means that Labour 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? Pentland Group implements measures to improve labour practices at its apparel manufacturers, e.g. through involvement in the Better Work programme. But, concrete results, such as wages increased or working hours decreased, are not reported (see link, pages 34-44). 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? Pentland Group reports on factory auditing, but does not report comprehensive results of its policies to improve labor conditions at its suppliers (see link, pages 34-44). 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? Neither Pentland Group nor Ellesse publicly report outcomes or results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its apparel manufacturers, which are verified by eligible third parties. 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? Pentland Group implements measures to achieve the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers. However, concrete results are not yet reported (see link, page 12 & 40). Source
13. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy for the leather, yarn and fabric production phases, including a reasonable overview of the number and region of workplaces covered by the policy in relation to the total production volume? Neither Pentland Group nor Ellesse publicly report clear results of its measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers. Source
14. Are at least 50% of the brand's leather, yarn and fabric production phases approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FLO-Cert, GOTS or SA8000? Neither Pentland Group nor Ellesse publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its fabric manufacturers, which are verified by eligible third parties. Source