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  • Overall approach
    0/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      0/1
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030
      Asics have "2030 CO2 reduction targets (2015 baseline)" which cover scope 1,2 and partial scope 3, and "2050 TARGET: NET-ZERO CARBON EMISSIONS"
  • Commodity score
    25/88
    • Leather
      25/88
      • Commitment Strength
        3/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          3/11
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1.3/8
            Other certification scheme: Leather working group

            Which certification schemes are used?: Other certification
            "Since 2018, ASICS has been a member of the Leather Working Group (LWG), a multi-stakeholder group promoting sustainable leather manufacturing practices. Our membership helps ensure that our leather products are traceable, and it supports our shift to sourcing more sustainable leather. ASICS was the first Japanese brand to join the group. We set a target to source 80% of the total leather used for ASICS and Onitsuka Tiger branded footwear from LWG medal-rated suppliers by 2020. We achieved the target: in 2020, we sourced 87% from LWG medal-rated suppliers."; [Translation] "Future plans/initiatives from here on out [...] Continue to increase procurement (of leather) from LWG-certified tanneries/leather factories"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
            "Since 2018, ASICS has been a member of the Leather Working Group (LWG), a multi-stakeholder group promoting sustainable leather manufacturing practices. Our membership helps ensure that our leather products are traceable, and it supports our shift to sourcing more sustainable leather. ASICS was the first Japanese brand to join the group. We set a target to source 80% of the total leather used for ASICS and Onitsuka Tiger branded footwear from LWG medal-rated suppliers by 2020. We achieved the target: in 2020, we sourced 87% from LWG medal-rated suppliers."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "Since 2018, ASICS has been a member of the Leather Working Group (LWG), a multi-stakeholder group promoting sustainable leather manufacturing practices. Our membership helps ensure that our leather products are traceable, and it supports our shift to sourcing more sustainable leather. ASICS was the first Japanese brand to join the group. We set a target to source 80% of the total leather used for ASICS and Onitsuka Tiger branded footwear from LWG medal-rated suppliers by 2020. We achieved the target: in 2020, we sourced 87% from LWG medal-rated suppliers."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            "Since 2018, ASICS has been a member of the Leather Working Group (LWG), a multi-stakeholder group promoting sustainable leather manufacturing practices. Our membership helps ensure that our leather products are traceable, and it supports our shift to sourcing more sustainable leather. ASICS was the first Japanese brand to join the group. We set a target to source 80% of the total leather used for ASICS and Onitsuka Tiger branded footwear from LWG medal-rated suppliers by 2020. We achieved the target: in 2020, we sourced 87% from LWG medal-rated suppliers."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "This Code applies to ASICS Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates. ASICS establishes a business relationship exclusively with suppliers, (sub) contractors, intermediaries, commercial agents, consultants and other service providers (hereinafter ‘Business Partners’) who comply with this Code. [...] The Conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) are addressed to member states of the ILO, not to individuals of companies. ASICS supports the aim of the ILO to arrive at universally accepted labor standards. ASICS has adopted internal procedures and guidelines with respect to topics covered by the Fundamental Conventions of the ILO, such as: a) Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize b) Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining c) Forced Labor d) Abolition of Forced Labor e) Equal Remuneration f) Discrimination (Employment and Occupation )g) Minimum Age h) Worst Forms of Child Labor"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Business Partners shall not discriminate against the Employees in their employment conditions, including recruitment, hiring and firing, opportunities for growth, development and promotions, selection of Employees for training, determination of wages and benefits, and disciplinary action on the basis of [...] gender"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        17/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            "Since 2018, ASICS has been a member of the Leather Working Group (LWG), a multi-stakeholder group promoting sustainable leather manufacturing practices. Our membership helps ensure that our leather products are traceable, and it supports our shift to sourcing more sustainable leather. ASICS was the first Japanese brand to join the group. We set a target to source 80% of the total leather used for ASICS and Onitsuka Tiger branded footwear from LWG medal-rated suppliers by 2020. We achieved the target: in 2020, we sourced 87% from LWG medal-rated suppliers."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Leather Working Group

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Leather working Group
            "Since 2018, ASICS has been a member of the Leather Working Group (LWG), a multi-stakeholder group promoting sustainable leather manufacturing practices. Our membership helps ensure that our leather products are traceable, and it supports our shift to sourcing more sustainable leather. ASICS was the first Japanese brand to join the group. We set a target to source 80% of the total leather used for ASICS and Onitsuka Tiger branded footwear from LWG medal-rated suppliers by 2020. We achieved the target: in 2020, we sourced 87% from LWG medal-rated suppliers."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
           "This Policy is one of the core documents regarding corporate responsibility at ASICS and establishes a substantial part of the criteria for selecting and retaining Business Partners. Business Partners should maintain all relevant documents necessary to demonstrate their compliance with this Policy, and submit these documents to ASICS upon ASICS' request, respecting applicable laws. Further, ASICS shall have the right to conduct, announced or unannounced, initial and follow up audits or shall have the right to have ASICS' designated independent monitors conduct such audits to determine if Business Partners comply with this. [...] Business Partners shall comply with all the environmental laws applicable to their business operations. Further, Business Partners shall operate their business with consideration on the environment and safety matters. Business Partners shall [...] make efficient use of resources such as water and raw materials"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "Whistleblowers may report any Reportable Conducts to Global Whistleblowing System below. Whistleblowers to Global Whistleblowing System can remain anonymous if they wish.- Email:ahq-compliance-committee@asics.com- LetterAttn.: Compliance Committee, Legal and Compliance Division of ASICS CorporationAddress: 7-1-1 Minatojima Nakamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, JapanZip code: 650-8555"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Yes - addresses

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, CAMBODIA, CHINA, COLOMBIA, EL SALVADOR, INDIA, INDONESIA, ITALY, JAPAN, MEXICO, NETHERLANDS, NICARAGUA, PHILIPPINES, PORTUGAL, SLOVENIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SRI LANKA, THAILAND, TUNISIA, TURKEY, VIETNAM
          Asics have a 2021 global factor list of tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers.
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: "continuously"
          "When we select any new footwear, apparelor accessories supplier, we assess their socialand environmental sustainability performanceagainst ASICS’ standards before engagingin a business relationship.Once we establish a formal business relationshipwith a supplier, we continuously monitor thesupplier’s sustainability performance andperiodically assess their facilities. We conductthree types of assessments within the ASICSsupply chain: internal, commissioned andpartner audits.ASICS’ compliance auditors conduct on-siteinspections, verify documentation and interviewsupplier management and employees. Theyprovide detailed explanations of ASICS’ policies,identify issues and plan corrective actionsthrough discussions with management."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "When our assessments identify noncompliance issues, we categorize them as major or minor according to the severity of the violation and the level of risk to workers, and take action as appropriate. These range from terminating the business relationship in the case of serious and persistent violations, to reviews of future orders, third-party investigations and formal warnings. When minor non-compliance issues are identified, we begin a remediation period of three months, during which the relevant supplier is expected to take corrective measures. When necessary, ASICS’ staff or partners support this remediation process, for example by providing training and resources."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      25/88
      • Commitment Strength
        7/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          3/8
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            Asics report that their "Shopping bags are made of FSC certified paper, which means the paper comes from responsible sources"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
            Asics report that their "Shopping bags are made of FSC certified paper, which means the paper comes from responsible sources"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Asics report that their "Shopping bags are made of FSC certified paper, which means the paper comes from responsible sources"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Asics report that their "Shopping bags are made of FSC certified paper, which means the paper comes from responsible sources"
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "In 2020, we also introduced a new, more sustainable shoebox. [...] The box itself also contributes to a lower negative environmental impact by using around 10% less cardboard. All this means the box is less carbon-intensive to produce, saving around 1,200 tons in CO2 emissions per year in total." 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
            "In 2020, we also introduced a new, more sustainable shoebox. [...] The box itself also contributes to a lower negative environmental impact by using around 10% less cardboard. All this means the box is less carbon-intensive to produce, saving around 1,200 tons in CO2 emissions per year in total."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "In 2020, we also introduced a new, more sustainable shoebox. [...] The box itself also contributes to a lower negative environmental impact by using around 10% less cardboard. All this means the box is less carbon-intensive to produce, saving around 1,200 tons in CO2 emissions per year in total."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "In 2020, we also introduced a new, more sustainable shoebox. [...] The box itself also contributes to a lower negative environmental impact by using around 10% less cardboard. All this means the box is less carbon-intensive to produce, saving around 1,200 tons in CO2 emissions per year in total."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "This Code applies to ASICS Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates. ASICS establishes a business relationship exclusively with suppliers, (sub) contractors, intermediaries, commercial agents, consultants and other service providers (hereinafter ‘Business Partners’) who comply with this Code. [...] The Conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) are addressed to member states of the ILO, not to individuals of companies. ASICS supports the aim of the ILO to arrive at universally accepted labor standards. ASICS has adopted internal procedures and guidelines with respect to topics covered by the Fundamental Conventions of the ILO, such as: a) Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize b) Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining c) Forced Labor d) Abolition of Forced Labor e) Equal Remuneration f) Discrimination (Employment and Occupation )g) Minimum Age h) Worst Forms of Child Labor"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Business Partners shall not discriminate against the Employees in their employment conditions, including recruitment, hiring and firing, opportunities for growth, development and promotions, selection of Employees for training, determination of wages and benefits, and disciplinary action on the basis of [...] gender"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        13/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Asics report that their "Shopping bags are made of FSC certified paper, which means the paper comes from responsible sources"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            "In 2020, we also introduced a new, more sustainable shoebox. [...] The box itself also contributes to a lower negative environmental impact by using around 10% less cardboard. All this means the box is less carbon-intensive to produce, saving around 1,200 tons in CO2 emissions per year in total."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC-certified

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC-certified
            Asics report that their "Shopping bags are made of FSC certified paper, which means the paper comes from responsible sources"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "This Policy is one of the core documents regarding corporate responsibility at ASICS and establishes a substantial part of the criteria for selecting and retaining Business Partners. Business Partners should maintain all relevant documents necessary to demonstrate their compliance with this Policy, and submit these documents to ASICS upon ASICS' request, respecting applicable laws. Further, ASICS shall have the right to conduct, announced or unannounced, initial and follow up audits or shall have the right to have ASICS' designated independent monitors conduct such audits to determine if Business Partners comply with this. [...] Business Partners shall comply with all the environmental laws applicable to their business operations. Further, Business Partners shall operate their business with consideration on the environment and safety matters. Business Partners shall [...] make efficient use of resources such as water and raw materials"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "Whistleblowers may report any Reportable Conducts to Global Whistleblowing System below. Whistleblowers to Global Whistleblowing System can remain anonymous if they wish.- Email:ahq-compliance-committee@asics.com- LetterAttn.: Compliance Committee, Legal and Compliance Division of ASICS CorporationAddress: 7-1-1 Minatojima Nakamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, JapanZip code: 650-8555"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: continuously
          "When we select any new footwear, apparel or accessories supplier, we assess their social and environmental sustainability performance against ASICS’ standards before engaging in a business relationship. Once we establish a formal business relationship with a supplier, we continuously monitor the supplier’s sustainability performance and periodically assess their facilities. We conduct three types of assessments within the ASICS supply chain: internal, commissioned and partner audits. ASICS’ compliance auditors conduct on-site inspections, verify documentation and interview supplier management and employees. They provide detailed explanations of ASICS’ policies, identify issues and plan corrective actions through discussions with management."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Severe transgression of Asics' policies

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Remediation plans
          "When our assessments identify noncompliance issues, we categorize them as major or minor according to the severity of the violation and the level of risk to workers, and take action as appropriate. These range from terminating the business relationship in the case of serious and persistent violations, to reviews of future orders, third-party investigations and formal warnings. When minor non-compliance issues are identified, we begin a remediation period of three months, during which the relevant supplier is expected to take corrective measures. When necessary, ASICS’ staff or partners support this remediation process, for example by providing training and resources."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    5/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    15/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Asics Corp is a Japanese company manufacturing sports footwear, sports apparel, and sports equipment. Famous brands among its subsidiaries include Haglöfs and Onitsuka Tiger. Asics uses leather in its sports footwear products, and is one of the largest footwear retailers in the world. Asics Corp. is selected as a powerbroker for leather and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Apparel & footwear
Segments
Manufacturer, Retailer
HQ
HQ 
Japan
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Asics, Onitsuka

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