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Björn Borg & sustainability


Björn Borg
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 6 out of 31

Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: Björn Borg Group
Head office: Stockholm, Sweden
Sector: Lingerie & underwear
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Bags, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Shoes

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Björn Borg sustainability score report

Last edited: 31 March 2017 by Ype
Last reviewed: 31 March 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? Björn Borg implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as reducing air travel and transport (see link, page 30). 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? Björn Borg has increased its climate footprint of own operations (Scope 1-2, without business travel (Scope 3)) from about 1,231 tons of CO2e in 2015 (see link, page 25-26) to 1,251 tons of CO2e in 2016 (see link to previous question, page 30), which results in an increase of about 1.6%. Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Björn Borg reports for 2016 to have used 71% renewable energy on total electricity consumption, primarily hydroelectric power. But, sources and additionality of supply are not specified clear enough (see link, page 30). 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? Björn Borg has set a target to reduce 40% of their total climate emissions per SEK of sales by 2019 compared to base year 2013. However, target reductions with regard to its absolute climate footprint are not specified (see link, page 29). 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)? Björn Borg 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 18, 24-25). 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? For 2016, Björn Borg mentions at least one collection made with about 15-20% 'better fibres' (categories A and B of the Sustainable Yarn benchmark by MADE-BY), but it is not clear what percentage of the total annual volume this represents (see link, page 13-14). 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? Björn Borg aims to phase out substances of very high concern (SVHC) for a significant share of its production by 2019. Focus is on e.g. phthalates and alkylphenol ethoxylates, but status concerning other chemical groups stays unclear yet. Also, Björn Borg's RSL is seemingly based on REACH legislation only, which is not published however (see link, page 17). 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? See remark for environmental policy question 7. However, Björn Borg does not report whether at least three suspect chemical groups, such as azo dyes or phthalates can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production chain already (see link, page 17). 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. Heeft het merk (bedrijf) een duidelijke doelstelling om de milieu-invloed van de verpakking voor verzendingen en draagtassen te minimaliseren, via reductie, hergebruik, recyclen en verantwoorde inkoop, en rapporteert het merk de resultaten hiervan jaarlijks? Björn Borg implements measures to minimize the environmental impact of its packaging, such as aiming that all its product packaging materials will be certified (e.g. FSC) or recycled by 2019, and 80% by 2017. But, concrete aggregate results of its packaging materials footprint are not publicly reported yet (see link, page 26). 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? Björn Borg implements several measures to reduce its waste material footprint, such as using production waste in an upcycling initiative. But, concrete aggregate results regarding its waste materials footprint are not made public (see link, page 34). Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Björn Borg mentions a target to have a product take-back system, or similar initiative, by 2019, enabling them to close the loop for their products (see link, page 34). No current program to encourage the return or re-use of garments by its customers is mentioned. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

5 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? Björn Borg is a member of BSCI (see link, page 5). For BSCI's Code of Conduct, see link for labour conditions questions 2&3 below. In this CoC, all these 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? In BSCI CoC: 1. Yes, legally-binding employment relationships; 2. No, maximum workweek of 48 hours, but hours of overtime is not specified; 3. No, suppliers are encouraged but have no obligation to pay adequate compensation when minimum wages are not sufficient (see link, pages 4-8). 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? In BSCI CoC: This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions (see link, page 4). 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? Björn Borg mainly produces in China (79,7%), Turkey (20,2%) and Lithuania (0,1%), but does not provide a significant published list of direct suppliers (see link, pages 20-25). 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? Björn Borg is a member of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) since 2008. Furthermore, the brand purchases 33% of its production from a supplier that is certified according to SA8000 (see link, pages 20-25). 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? Björn Borg purchases 33% of its production from a supplier that is certified according to SA8000, which is acknowledged as a certification scheme that meets this criteria (see link, pages 20-25). Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Björn Borg mentions a plan to implement a capacity building program arranged by BSCI. But, concrete results, such as wages increased or working hours decreased, are not clearly specified (see link, pages 22-23). 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? Bjorn Borg communicates that 99% of its production volume was BSCI approved in 2015. But, apart from the 33% of the volume that comes from one supplier which is SA8000 certified, Björn Borg reporting on results is not detailed enough (see link, pages 22-23). 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? Björn Borg specifies that one of its Chinese suppliers, which has produced 33% of Björn Borg's collection in 2016, holds a SA8000 certification. For its other suppliers respective verifications / certification are not specified yet (see link, page 22). 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? Björn Borg does not provide concrete information about measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers (see link, page 22). 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? Björn Borg does not publicly report clear results of its measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers. 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? See remark for Labor Conditions Policy question 10. Source