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Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 16 out of 36

Sustainability summary

Based on our sustainability criteria, Veja has achieved the C-label. The company earns good points on their material use and their avoidance on the use of hazardous chemicals. Concerning labour conditions, VEJA needs to make more steps to prove that workers are compensated fairly.

Brand owner: Veja Fair Trade Sarl
Head office: Paris, France
Sector: Shoes & footwear
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Shoes, Boots, Sneaker

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Veja sustainability score report

Last edited: 19 February 2019 by Niels
Last reviewed: 19 February 2019 by Niels

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? Veja implements measures to reduce the climate impact of its own operations, such as the use of renewable energy at its headquarters. 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? Veja does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years. Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Veja mentions that 90% of own use of electricity is renewable. On the "Story" webpage, it is mentioned that this is purchased from ENERCOOP. 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? Veja has not announced a specific target to reduce its own operations climate footprint. 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? Veja does not communicate a policy to reduce the climate emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

10 out of 16
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Veja uses to some extent preferable raw materials for its products, such as natural rubber, organic cotton or recycled plastics. But Veja does not give a clear percentage share on the total use of preferred materials used, a share higher than 25% can be considered certain however. 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? Veja communicates that although it is very hard to control the leather supply chain, that no the leather is sourced from cattle farms in the Amazon region. 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? Veja reports that the used leather comes from a tannery with a gold certification according to the Leather Working Group. 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? Veja strictly limits the use of hazardous chemicals. The company performs regular chemical tests and publishes the results. 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? Veja has banned the use of at least 5 of these chemical groups and is in progress to prove that the other chemical groups are not used either. 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%? Veja explicitly states not to use 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? Veja does not provide information about the use of solvent based chemicals like adhesives. 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? VEJA shoe boxes are made out of recycled cardboard. They do not contain glue and minimize the use of ink, thus facilitating recycling. 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? Veja 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? Veja does not report, whether the return or re-use of shoes by its customers is stimulated. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

4 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? The factory audits of VEJA are performed following the ETI base Code, which complies to this criterium. 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? Veja mentions that the Code of Conduct is applicable down the production chain, but it is not clear if VEJA also actively performs audits on e.g. spinners and weaving factories. 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? Veja provides a map of Brazil with production sites, but there are no factory names mentioned. 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? Veja does not communicate up to date 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? Veja 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? There are regular audits at the shoe factory of VEJA, and the reports are published on the VEJA website. 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? Regular audits of labour standards are held, but those do not seem to be verified and classified by eligible third parties. 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? VEJA reports that average wages in their factory are substantially higher than the minimum wage. However, the 2018 audit report suggests this is industry average, and lies far below the calculated local living wage. 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? Concrete results of Veja's labour conditions policy for leather producers and the fabric manufacturing phases from spinning to final fabric for cotton are not reported. 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