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Fjällräven & sustainability


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Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 12 out of 31

Sustainability summary

Fjällräven has achieved the C-label. Fjällräven is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed.

Brand owner: Fenix Outdoor AB
Head office: Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
Sector: Sport & outdoor clothing
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Fenix Outdoor, Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Dress

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Fjällräven sustainability score report

Last edited: 15 September 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 15 September 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? Fjällräven implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as energy efficiency and climate compensation. 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? Fenix Outdoor (brand owner of Fjällräven) increased its own operations climate footprint (Scope 1-2, location based) from 3,726 tons of CO2e in 2015 to 4,739 tons of CO2e in 2016. This represents an increase of around 27% (see link, download 'CDP Response 2016 & 2017). Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Fenix Outdoor mentions to use renewable energy (also in Germany), but is neither clear enough about the proportion related to its total electricity consumption, nor about its sources and additionality of supply (see link, page 13). 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? Fjällräven has set a goal to reduce 25% of their climate emissions by 2020, but does not clearly specify the base year. 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)? Fenix Outdoor clearly reports on greenhouse gas emissions which were caused in its production chain that is beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

4 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Fjällräven mentions the use of environmentally 'preferred' alternatives, such as recycled polyester, Tencel and organic cotton (see link). In addition, Fenix Outdoor reports on group level, that around 7,6 % of all raw materials processed its clothing production can be considered environmental friendlier alternative (see link next question, page 13). 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? Fenix Outdoor communicates to continue to eliminate hazardous chemicals and to develop a groupwide Chemicals Guideline, but does not comprehensively report the results of its policy (see link, pages 7-14). 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? Fjällräven states that PFC are successfully eliminated from the production of all its garments, effective by summer 2015. 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? Fjällräven does not report whether at least three suspect chemical groups can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production chain. 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? Fenix Outdoor Group implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its consumer packaging, and reports aggregate results regarding consumer packaging materials use (see link, pages 13 & 17). 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? Fenix Outdoor seeks to minimize waste and use recycled materials as much as possible. The company reports the annual waste by type and weight (see link, starting on page 16). Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Fjällräven reports that, together with other in its branch is working on developing recycling channels, so that in the future it will be even easier to recycle worn-out outdoor garments and equipment. But, for the time being Fjällräven does not report whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is possible. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

6 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? Fenix Outdoor is a member of the Fair Labor Organisation (FLA). For the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct, see link for labour conditions questions 2&3 below. In the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct all these standards are mentioned. (see link, page 5 & 27). 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. Yes, legally-binding employment relationships; 2. Yes, maximum working week is 48 hours and a maximum of 12 overtime, unless clearly defined exceptional circumstances are met; 3. Yes, compensation for a regular work week that is sufficient to meet the workers’ basic needs and provide some discretionary income. 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, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions. 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? Fenix Outdoor provides 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? Fenix Outdoor is a member of the Fair Labor Association (FLA). 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? The Fair Labor Association (FLA) is acknowledged as an multi stakeholder initiative that meets this criteria. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Fenix Outdoor AB does not report clearly 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? Although Fenix Outdoor gives detailed reporting on the auditing of apparel manufacturers, it is unclear what percentage of the production volume this represents (see link, pages 31-35). 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? Fenix Outdoor does not clearly report how much production volume is approved as socially compliant by independent third parties like FLA (see link, pages 31-35). 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? Fenix Outdoor does not provide concrete information about implemented measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers (see link, page 31-35). 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? Fenix Outdoor does not publicly report clear results of its policy 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