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First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 5 out of 31

Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: Burton Corp.
Head office: Burlington, VT, USA
Sector: Sport & outdoor clothing
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Burton Corp., Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Jeans, Dress

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Burton sustainability score report

Last edited: 15 September 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 15 September 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? Burton implements several measures to reduce its climate emissions, such as the use of renewable energy and 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? Burton does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years on its website. So it is not clear if the policy measures actually helped reduce the total annual climate emissions. Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Burton uses 100% renewable energy at its headquarters, but does not provide any information on their electricity usage for its entire own operations (e.g. owned stores or production facilities). Therefore, it is unclear what share of the brand's overall electricity usage this amount represents. Also sources and additionality of supply are not specified. 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? Burton aims to cut its energy use by 5% a year, but 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)? Burton does not communicate a policy to reduce the climate emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Burton uses recycled and organic materials wherever possible to reduce its impact, but it is not clear what percentage of the total clothing volume this represents. 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? Since 2011 Burton has started a partnership with bluesign® to improve the environmental impact of its clothing. Furthermore, Burton has a publicly available restricted substance list. 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? Burton does not report whether at least one suspect chemical group, such as Heavy Metals, or Phthalates can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production in the meantime. 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? Burton has a target to reduce its packaging by 25% over three years but does not yet report on the annual results of this policy. 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? Burton implements measures to reduce its waste material footprint to zero, such as making use of composting and recycling stations at their headquarters. But, concrete aggregate results regarding its waste materials footprint are not made public. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Burton does repair used items as a part of their lifetime warranty. Burton also upcycles elements from returned boards that cannot be mended. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

2 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 Burton's Code of Conduct (see link, page 1). 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, maximum workweek is 48 hours plus 12 hours overtime, except in extraordinary business circumstance which can mean everything; 3. No, mentioning of minimum / industry wage level, not living wage (see link, page 1-3). 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 and the right to bargain collectively, even when these rights are restricted under law, are mentioned in the Code of Conduct (see link, page 2-3). 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? Burton does not provide a significant 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? Burton 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 labor conditions policy question 5. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Burton 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? Burton monitors 100% of its finished good suppliers. However, Burton does not publicly report clear results of its measures to improve labor conditions at its apparel manufacturers. 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? Burton does not publicly report on results of its measures 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? Burton 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? Burton is currently working with its raw materials suppliers to ensure that 100% of them have agreed to its standards and are inspected regularly to ensure that they meet these standards, but 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 12. Source