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  • Overall approach
    0/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      0/1
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    29/86
    • Leather
      28/86
      • Commitment Strength
        8/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/21
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Type of commitment: Sustainability commitment
            "We had set a target to source 80% of the total leather used for ASICS, ASICSTIGER and Onitsuka Tiger branded footwear from LWG medal-rated suppliers by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We had set a target to source 80% of the total leather used for ASICS, ASICSTIGER and Onitsuka Tiger branded footwear from LWG medal-rated suppliers by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            Only applies to some brands "We had set a target to source 80% of the total leather used for ASICS, ASICSTIGER and Onitsuka Tiger branded footwear from LWG medal-rated suppliers by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Only aims for 80% "We had set a target to source 80% of the total leather used for ASICS, ASICSTIGER and Onitsuka Tiger branded footwear from LWG medal-rated suppliers by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Only aims for 80% "We had set a target to source 80% of the total leather used for ASICS, ASICSTIGER and Onitsuka Tiger branded footwear from LWG medal-rated suppliers by 2020."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.8/2
            Target date
            2020
            1.8/2
            "We had set a target to source 80% of the total leather used for ASICS, ASICSTIGER and Onitsuka Tiger branded footwear from LWG medal-rated suppliers by 2020."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "We had set a target to source 80% of the total leather used for ASICS, ASICSTIGER and Onitsuka Tiger branded footwear from LWG medal-rated suppliers by 2020."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        15/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            "Late 2018, we already sourced 88% from LWG medal-rated suppliers, reaching our target two years early."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            certification
            "Late 2018, we already sourced 88% from LWG medal-rated suppliers, reaching our target two years early."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "These are audits conducted with ASICS’ suppliers as part of our collaboration with multi-stakeholder initiatives. ILO Better Work has conducted our partner audits and improvement plan follow-ups since 2014. In addition to the audits, suppliers and their subcontractors can demonstrate compliance levels through self-assessments. Information from these feeds into our other assessment forms and risk analysis."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "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"
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Asics report a list of their Tier 1 suppliers on their website.
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings
          "We took part in the LWG Main Member Meeting in Hong Kong and gained valuable information about the leather industry and how to address common challenges around leather sourcing."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Asics require suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Asics require their suppliers to ensure they do not discriminate against workers based on gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      30/86
      • Commitment Strength
        18/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests; Certification
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            "Shopping bags are made of FSC certified paper, which means the paper comes from responsible sources".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Shopping bags are made of FSC certified paper, which means the paper comes from responsible sources".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Only shopping bags
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Shopping bags are made of FSC certified paper, which means the paper comes from responsible sources".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Shopping bags are made of FSC certified paper, which means the paper comes from responsible sources".
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "Shopping bags are made of FSC certified paper, which means the paper comes from responsible sources".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Shopping bags are made of FSC certified paper, which means the paper comes from responsible sources".
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          6/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "While we provide our operations with general information on efficient waste management and proper disposal, we focus on preventing waste by reducing packaging earlier in the supply chain and by encouraging the reuse of materials."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "While we provide our operations with general information on efficient waste management and proper disposal, we focus on preventing waste by reducing packaging earlier in the supply chain and by encouraging the reuse of materials."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "While we provide our operations with general information on efficient waste management and proper disposal, we focus on preventing waste by reducing packaging earlier in the supply chain and by encouraging the reuse of materials."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "While we provide our operations with general information on efficient waste management and proper disposal, we focus on preventing waste by reducing packaging earlier in the supply chain and by encouraging the reuse of materials."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "While we provide our operations with general information on efficient waste management and proper disposal, we focus on preventing waste by reducing packaging earlier in the supply chain and by encouraging the reuse of materials."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        7/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "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
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "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
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "These are audits conducted with ASICS’ suppliers as part of our collaboration with multi-stakeholder initiatives. ILO Better Work has conducted our partner audits and improvement plan follow-ups since 2014. In addition to the audits, suppliers and their subcontractors can demonstrate compliance levels through self-assessments. Information from these feeds into our other assessment forms and risk analysis."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "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"
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Asics require suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Asics require their suppliers to ensure they do not discriminate against workers based on gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    13/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    11/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/16
    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 use leather in their sports footwear products, and they it is one of the largest footwear retailers in the world. 

Sector
Industry sector 
Apparel & footwear
Segments
Manufacturer
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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