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Footwear & Shoes Questions

In this section, you will find the list of 'Footwear', 'Sport- / Outdoor clothing & shoes', 'Luxury' questions that is used in the 'Footwear', 'Sport- / Outdoor clothing & shoes', 'Luxury' sector ranking matrices. The questions are categorized into three areas: Labour Conditions and Human Rights, Climate Change, and Ecology. Clicking on a question heading will provide you with more background information, guidelines and possible jurisdiction for the question. Please note that some questions are similar to those of the apparel sector; these are here still called Apparel & Footwear Questions.

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Questions about Climate Change

Apparel & Footwear Climate Change Question 1:
Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions?

Apparel & Footwear Climate Change Question 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?

Apparel & Footwear Climate Change Question 3:
Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) by at least 20% within the next 5 years?

Apparel & Footwear Climate Change Question 4:
Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/ compensate carbon emissions generated from the supply/production chain?

Questions about Ecology

Footwear Ecology Question 1:
Does the brand (company) have a policy to substitute leather and synthetic rubber with environmentally friendlier materials?

Footwear Ecology Question 2:
Does the brand (company) use these environmentally friendlier alternatives for leather and synthetic rubber for more than 25% of the total use of footwear materials?

Footwear Ecology Question 3:
Does the brand (company) use these environmentally friendlier alternatives for leather and synthetic rubber for more than 50% of the total use of footwear materials?

Footwear Ecology Question 4:
Does the brand have a clear and effective policy to avoid the use of leather that originates from cattle farms in deforestated Amazone areas?

Footwear Ecology Question 5:
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?

Footwear Ecology Question 6:
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?

Footwear Ecology Question 7:
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%?

Footwear Ecology Question 8:
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. 30 grams of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions per pair of shoes?

Questions about Labor Conditions and Human Rights

Apparel & Footwear Labor Conditions and Human Rights Question 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?

Apparel & Footwear Labor Conditions and Human Rights Question 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 paid overtime of 12 hours maximum 3. to have a sufficient living wage?

Apparel & Footwear Labor Conditions and Human Rights Question 3:
Does this CoC 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?

Footwear Labour Conditions Supplement Question 1:
Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms?

Apparel & Footwear Labor Conditions and Human Rights Question 4:
Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume?

Apparel & Footwear Labor Conditions and Human Rights Question 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?

Apparel & Footwear Labor Conditions and Human Rights Question 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?

Apparel & Footwear Labor Conditions and Human Rights Question 7:
Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy?

Apparel & Footwear Labor Conditions and Human Rights Question 8:
Has the brand’s labor conditions policy resulted in a ‘compliance level’ of at least 30% of the purchase volume, or a ‘monitored level' of at least 80%?