Generic Carbon Emissions Question 7

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Question

Does the brand (company) have a policy and reports on tangible results to reduce / compensate carbon emissions generated from the production chain (Scope 3)?

  • Dutch version: Heeft het merk (bedrijf) een actief beleid om ook de CO2 uitstoot te verminderen of te compenseren bij de toeleveranciers in de productieketens (Scope 3)?
  • German version: Verfolgt der Markenhersteller eine Strategie, um auch den CO2-Ausstoß innerhalb der Lieferanten- und Produktionskette (Scope 3) zu reduzieren oder kompensieren?

Reference

This question relates to ‘Scope 3’ (and not to scope 1 and 2) of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (see image p.26 and further p.29), here we are specifically referring to emissions made throughout the production chain of purchased products.

In almost all sectors ranked, the supply/production chain is accountable for a vast and major part of the greenhouse gas emissions compared to ‘own operations’ of the brands. Although the production units (like farms and factories) throughout the production and supply chain are mostly categorized as ‘low, or no-influence entities’, meaning that the brands have limited influence on reducing the carbon emissions in the supply chain, this is where the real challenges are and therefore we ask companies what their policy is.

NOTE: Although Scope 3 may include emissions from e.g. business travel, transportation & distribution, employee commuting & teleworking, for this question we ONLY take Scope 3 emissions into account that come from suppliers/factories that are NOT owned by the brands themselves.

Please also note that for the question, the supply chain is here defined by all steps in the production chain until shipping of the end products (and in cases half- finished products) to the brand owners (Upstream). Be sure that you do not reward points for transportation in the distribution chain (from brand owners to retailers) (Downstream).

Ranking guidelines

A ‘Yes’ goes to the companies that have a reasonable policy on this, including goals, actions and a recent (max. 2,5 years old) report with tangible results or to brands that report their relevant Scope 3 emissions (from suppliers/factories NOT owned by the brands themselves).

Concerning fashion brands in specific: It is also eligible to assign a ‘Yes’ when a brand clearly reports, which suppliers are bluesign® system certified.

Also, for now brands that give a complete insight in their Scope 3 emissions, without mentioning a concrete policy with targets and actions, should be rewarded with a 'yes'.

Good practice examples:

- C&A's reporting covering its entire value chain CO2e emissions in 2015 (see link, page 10).
- PUMA's reporting covering CO2 emissions from production in Tier 1 supply chain from 2014-2016 (see link, page 58 & 66).

Answering guidelines

Yes:

  • [Brand] implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations. In addition [Brand] publishes concrete outcomes, which include greenhouse gas emission [measurements/reductions achieved*].
  • [Brand] mentions the target to reduce carbon emissions in the supply chain. In addition [Brand] publishes concrete outcomes, which include greenhouse gas emission [measurements/reductions achieved*].
  • [Brand] clearly reports on greenhouse gas emissions which were caused in its production chain that is beyond own operations.
  • [Brand] publishes a list of direct suppliers which are bluesign® certified.
  • In [Year] [..%] of [Brand]'s suppliers were bluesign® certified.


No:

  • [Brand] explicitly states not to implement measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its production chain that is beyond own operations [..].


?:

  • [Brand] implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations. [For instance, ...*] However, [Brand] does not publish clear results, which include emission reductions achieved.
  • [Brand] mentions the target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations, but does not provide concrete information on measures implemented, and results achieved.
  • [Brand] refers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations, but does not provide concrete information on measures implemented, and results achieved.
  • [Brand] does not communicate a policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations.
  • [Brand] does not communicate up to date results (not older than 2,5 years) on its policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations.


-* You can pick the topic that applies to 'your' brand.

Note: when linking to a downloadable source document, please refer to the page(s) where to find the respective information with: (see link, page [..]).

Optional, but only for ? Answers, feel free to write at the end of a remark: Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices.