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How sustainable is s.Oliver?

This screening has been done by Fairify on July 14th 2020

S.Oliver Group is a German fashion company. It holds a number of brands of which S.Oliver is the biggest. The group has some initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint, like offsetting some of its shipping impact and using better finishing techniques for its denim production, but doesn’t track and publish its carbon footprint and doesn’t offer enough transparency into its supply chain.

The company is mainly focusing on improving its material sourcing. It wants to achieve 100% more sustainable cotton by 2030 and aims to increase that percentage through its partnerships with the Better Cotton Initiative and Cotton Made in Africa. The last known percentage of more sustainable cotton was only 5%, and the target for 2020 is set at 15%. The company is mohair-free since 2020, but still uses animal-derived materials, like wool and leather, from uncertified sources.

S.Oliver Group has a Code of Conduct and is a member of the Fair Labor Association, which conducts independent audits, but doesn’t report on the audit frequency or results and doesn’t provide enough transparency concerning labor rights.

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