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Victoria's Secret
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Sustainability summary

Victoria's Secret has achieved the E-label. This is our lowest possible sustainability score, and Victoria's Secret has earned it by communicating nothing concrete about the policies for environment, carbon emissions or labor conditions in low-wages countries. For us as consumers, it is unclear whether Victoria's Secret is committed to sustainability or not.

Brand owner: Limited Brands, Inc.
Head office: Columbus, OH, USA
Sector: Lingerie & underwear
Categories : Female
Free Tags: Limited Brands, Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Suits, Jackets, Jeans, Dress, Shoes, Boots

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Victoria's Secret sustainability score report

Last edited: 31 March 2017 by Mario
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? L Brands (brand owner of Victoria's Secret) implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as using more efficient lighting technology in stores. 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? L Brands reduced its own operations climate footprint from 319,325 tons of CO2e in 2013 to 314,205 tons of CO2e in 2015, which represents a reduction of only 1,7% (see link, "Climate Change 2016 & 2014 Response”). Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? L Brands does not communicate its renewable energy policy, if it actually has one. 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? L Brands does not communicate up to date information on total target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions (see link, "Climate Change 2016 Response”). 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)? L Brands does not communicate concrete information on its policy to reduce the climate 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? L Brands (brand owner of Victoria's Secret) does not communicate a clear policy for substituting conventional raw materials 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. 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? L Brands implements measures to limit the use of hazardous chemicals. However, according to Greenpeace, L Brands is categorized as “Faux-Pas” in doing so. 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? L Brands does not report whether at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or Perfluorinated chemicals can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production (see link, page 14, as well as source at next question). 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? L Brands implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its consumer packaging. However, aggregate results regarding it consumer packaging materials footprint are not made public. 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? L Brands communicates a waste reduction policy. In total, during 2015, L Brands prevented more than 11,000 tons of material from going to landfill through reuse and recycling. However, aggregate results regarding it waste materials footprint are not made public. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Neither L Brands nor Victoria's Secret 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 standards are mentioned in L Brands' Code of Conduct for Suppliers (CoC) . 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 found; 2. Maximum working week is 60 hours, but hours of overtime is not specified and it is not clear whether overtime is voluntary; 3. No, mentioning of minimum wage, not living wage. 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. 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? Neither Victoria's Secret nor L Brands provides a list of direct suppliers. 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? L Brands does not communicate any information about being part of a collective initiative or purchasing from an accredited supplier. 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? See remark for labour conditions question 5. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? L Brands 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. 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? L Brands communicates that its supplying factories are audited periodically by the Internal Production Service (IPS) of the company. However, L Brands does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at it supplying factories . 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? L Brands does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its suppliers, which are verified by eligible third parties . 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? L Brands does not provide concrete information about implemented measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers. 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? L Brands does not publicly report clear results of its implemented 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 12. Source