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How sustainable is Chloé ?

Chloé & sustainability


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Sustainability summary

Chloé has achieved the E-label. This is our lowest possible sustainability score, and Chloé has earned it by communicating hardly any concrete about the policies for environment, carbon emissions or labor conditions in low-wages countries. For us as consumers, it is unclear whether Chloé is committed to sustainability or not.

Brand owner: Richemont S.A.
Head office: Paris, France
Sector: Luxury brands
Categories : Female, Kids
Free Tags: Richemont, Bags, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Jeans, Dress, Shoes, Boots

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Chloé sustainability score report

Last edited: 24 November 2016 by Lukas
Last reviewed: 24 November 2016 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? Richemont (brand owner of Chloé) implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as purchasing carbon offsets and using green energy (see link, page 41-42). 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? Richemont reduced its own operations climate footprint (Scope 1-2) from 85,500 tons of CO2 in 2014/15 to 70,900 tons of CO2 in 2015/16, which represents a reduction of around 17,1% (see link, page 43). Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Richemont reports for 2016 to have used only 45 % renewable energy on total electricity consumption. This was purchased from renewable sources just like hydro, solar or wind. Sources and additionality of supply are not clear enough yet (see link, page 44). 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? Richemont mentions it has a target to reduce its carbon intensity, but does not communicate concrete enough information on total target reductions for its climate footprint of own operations (see link, page 39-43 & 47). Source
6. Does the brand (company) have a policy and reports on tangible results to reduce / compensate carbon emissions generated from the production chain (Scope 3)? Richemont does not communicate a concrete policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations (see link, page 24 & 39-43). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

0 out of 16
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Richemont does not communicate a policy for substituting leather and synthetic rubber with environmentally friendlier alternatives (see link, page 46). 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? Richemont does not openly communicate a policy to prevent the destruction of rainforest caused by cattle farm expansion for leather production. 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? Richemont does not openly communicate a policy to limit chromium and other harmful substances pollution caused by leather tanning processes. 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 garments? Richemont does not communicate concrete information on an environmental policy to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures to make the clothes and footwear (see link, page 45). 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? Richemont does not communicate any information on phasing out harmful chemicals. 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%? Richemont does not report about having a plan to phase out PVC in their products. 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? Richemont does not openly communicate a policy to reduce solvent based chemicals in their shoe production. 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? Richemont states that FSC, and sometimes as an alternative PEFC-certified, paper is used for packaging materials. But, concrete aggregate results regarding of its packaging materials footprint are not made public (see link, page 44-47). 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? Richemont communicates a waste reduction policy, but does not report the overall performance (see link, page 44). Source
16. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Richemont does not report whether or not it has in place any kind of concept to stimulate the re-use or return of garments by its customers. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

2 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? All standards are mentioned in Richemont's Supplier Code of Conduct (see link, pages 6-7). 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? 1. Not mentioned; 2. No, only in 'normal work weeks' maximum working week is 48 hours and a maximum of 12 overtime, which can mean anything; 3. Yes, compensation for a regular work week that is sufficient to meet the workers’ basic needs and provide some discretionary income (see link, page 6-7). 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 link, page 7). Source
4. Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms? Richemont does not make clear if the Code of Conduct and consequent labour conditions policy also applies further down the footwear production chain, such as leather tanning or cattle farms (see link, page 1). 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? Richemont does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. 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? Richemont does not communicate any information about being part of a collective initiative or purchasing from an accredited supplier. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 6. Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Richemont 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
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? Richemont does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions during the production of Chloé products (see link, page 24-26). 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 9. 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 9. 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? Richemont does not provide concrete information about implemented measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers. 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? Richemont does not publicly report clear results of implemented 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 13. Source