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Ethletic
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 14 out of 36

Sustainability summary

Based on our sustainability criteria, Ethletic has achieved the C-label. With that score, Ethletic is performing reasonably, but could do better. The brand scores well for its environmental policy. The entire collection is made of prefereable raw materials, such as organic cotton or natural rubber. However, Ethletic can do more with respect to climate policy and labour conditions.

Brand owner: Fair Deal Trading GmbH
Head office: L├╝beck, Germany
Sector: Shoes & footwear
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Ethletic, Shoes, Sneaker, Shirts, Pants

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Ethletic sustainability score report

Last edited: 29 December 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 29 December 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? Ethletic implements measures to reduce its climate footprint, such as using FSC certified natural instead of synthetic rubber, as natural rubber plantations exhibit high values of greenhouse gas absorption. Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual carbon footprint of its 'own operations' and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Ethletic does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years. So it is not clear if the policy measures actually helped reduce the total annual carbon 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? Ethletic does not provide concrete information on the use of renewable energy for its own operations. 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 the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Ethletic does not communicate any information on target reductions for its climate emissions. 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? Ethletic does not communicate information on a climate emissions policy for its supply chain beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

12 out of 16
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Ethletic only uses more sustainable materials such as FSC certified natural rubber instead of synthetic rubber, and certified organic cotton instead of leather. 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? Ethletic does not use leather in their products, all products are vegan. Regarding natural rubber Ethletic has a clear policy to make sure that it only originates from sustainable forestry (FSC certified). 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? Ethletic does not use leather and consequent chemical 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 footwear? Ethletic has eliminated all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures. 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? Ethletics products are free of chemical groups such as Phthalates, Azo Dyes and Heavy Metals. 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%? The use of PVC is not relevant for the production of Ethletic shoes, which are made of organic cotton and natural rubber only. 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? Ethletic does not mention specific policy for reducing solvent based chemicals in the shoes 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? Ethletic does not report on the annual results of its packaging materials policy. 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? Ethletic does not report on the annual results of its waste reduction policy. Source
16. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Ethletic does not report, whether the return or re-use of its shoes by its customers is stimulated. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 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? Ethletic communicates its suppliers certified according to BSCI, FLO, GOTS and FSC. However, Ethletic does not communicate any information on a supplier Code of Conduct (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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
4. Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms? Ethletic does not use leather in their products. For the rubber Ethletic only uses rubber is certified by FSC, which covers also social criteria. 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? Ethletic 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? Ethletic communicates its suppliers are certified according to BSCI, FLO, GOTS and FSC, but does not specify which share of its production is certified in accordance to eligible certification schemes such as GOTS or FLO. 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? Ethletic does not provide concrete, up to date information on capacity building measures at its supplying production facilities for improved labour practices. 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? Ethletic does not publicly report outcomes or results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its suppliers. 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? Ethletic communicates its suppliers are certified according to BSCI, FLO, GOTS and FSC, but does not specify which share of its production is certified in accordance to eligible certification schemes such as GOTS or FLO. 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 10. 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? Ethletic pays two invoices for the orders it places with manufacturers: the production company submits one normal invoice to Ethletic for the goods to be delivered, while its employee 'Welfare Society' submits an additional invoice to Ethletic totalling 15% of the value of the ordered goods. Whether first living wage payments are realized is not yet specified 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? Ethletic does not provide concrete information about the fabric manufacturing phases from spinning to final fabric for cotton, respectively natural rubber. 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