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  • Overall approach
    0/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
      Commodity-specific commitment - commitment that does not apply to all of the commodities the company is exposed to
      0/4
      Commodities (if applicable): Leather
      "Clarks is committed to eliminating deforestation and we require our suppliers to ensure that hides sourced from Brazil and not from farms involved in any form of deforestation in the Amazon biome (Since October 2009)." [...] "Clarks is committed to eliminating deforestation and conversion of natural vegetation in our bovine leather supply chains originating from Brazil, where cattle ranching is a leading driver of forest loss and conversion."
    • 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
  • Commodity score
    24/88
    • Leather
      34/88
      • Commitment Strength
        10/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            "Clarks is committed to eliminating deforestation and we require our suppliers to ensure that hides sourced from Brazil and not from farms involved in any form of deforestation in the Amazon biome (Since October 2009)." [...] "Clarks is committed to eliminating deforestation and conversion of natural vegetation in our bovine leather supply chains originating from Brazil, where cattle ranching is a leading driver of forest loss and conversion."
          • 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?: Location
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "Clarks is committed to eliminating deforestation and we require our suppliers to ensure that hides sourced from Brazil and not from farms involved in any form of deforestation in the Amazon biome (Since October 2009)." [...] "Clarks is committed to eliminating deforestation and conversion of natural vegetation in our bovine leather supply chains originating from Brazil, where cattle ranching is a leading driver of forest loss and conversion."
          • 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
            "Clarks is committed to eliminating deforestation and we require our suppliers to ensure that hides sourced from Brazil and not from farms involved in any form of deforestation in the Amazon biome (Since October 2009)." [...] "Clarks is committed to eliminating deforestation and conversion of natural vegetation in our bovine leather supply chains originating from Brazil, where cattle ranching is a leading driver of forest loss and conversion."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          5/9
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            "The following requirements must be applied to animal-derived materials used in Clarks products. Clarks recognises that material suppliers do not always have influence or traceability of animal derived materials down to individual farm level."
          • 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?: Location
            "Suppliers sourcing Brazilian material must be able to: • Provide the names, locations and Leather Working Group (LWG) medal rating (if applicable) to their wet blue tanneries or agents, and, • Have their wet blue supplier provide slaughterhouse names, locations, federal or state ID numbers (SIF). • Provide information on the slaughterhouses’ due diligence process to ensure they are not sourcing cattle from deforested areas. This includes at a minimum, legal compliance procedures to check farms not included on IBAMA embargo list. Our preference is sourcing material from LWG medal rated tanneries which have scored high on their traceability audit (e.g., >80%) "
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        7/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          " Clarks requires all suppliers to work openly and actively towards compliance with this Code of Practice which forms partof the terms and conditions of trade for Clarks [...] No children under 15 years or the minimum school leaving age of the country where it is higher are to be employed or engaged in theproduction of Clarks products [...] All work must be conducted on a voluntary basis, and not under threat of any penalty or sanctions. The Supplier shall not use anyform of forced, bonded, indentured, trafficked, slave or involuntary prison labour [...] Workers have the right to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively without prior authorization from suppliers’ management [...] No employee shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, salary, benefit, advancement, discipline, termination,or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, pregnancy, maternity or social orethnic origin."
        • 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
          "Clarks requires all suppliers to work openly and actively towards compliance with this Code of Practice which forms partof the terms and conditions of trade for Clarks [...] No employee shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, salary, benefit, advancement, discipline, termination,or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, pregnancy, maternity or social orethnic origin."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm
          Remediation plan for social harms: "Remediation, as used within this plan, is the process of ending situations of child labour, all forms of forced labour and labour trafficking, and as far as possible correcting any harms experienced by victims. It is important that this puts an end to modern slavery and tackles the harms experienced by the affected people. If Clarks either causes or contributes to a negative impact they will be responsible for the remediation. Even if there is no contribution or direct link this should not prevent Clarks from taking an active part in the response and remediation process... Our full Remediation Plan is available internally to employees on our Policy platform. Our partners and suppliers can request a full copy of the Remediation Plan from ethics@clarks.com."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        15/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          2/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          2/2
          "Suppliers sourcing Brazilian material must be able to: [...] Provide information on the slaughterhouses’ due diligence process to ensure they are not sourcing cattle from deforested areas. This includes at a minimum, legal compliance procedures to check farms not included on IBAMA embargo list." 
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: October 2009
          "Clarks is committed to eliminating deforestation and we require our suppliers to ensure that hides sourced from Brazil and not from farms involved in any form of deforestation in the Amazon biome (Since October 2009)."
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: National Wildlife Federation
          "Clarks is committed to eliminating deforestation and we require our suppliers to ensure that hides sourced from Brazil and not from farms involved in any form of deforestation in the Amazon biome (Since October 2009). We take a collaborative approach to developing our policies, and have worked with conversation organisation the National Wildlife Federation to strengthen our requirements with regards to leather sourcing in Brazil."
        • 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
          "Suppliers shall comply with all applicable laws, regulations and standards for health & safety [...] Suppliers shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding the protection and preservation of the environment [...] We monitor suppliers’ adherence to the standards set out in this Code of Practice through audits as well as informal visits andassessments. Audits may be undertaken by Clarks own auditors or by an independent third party appointed by Clarks. Audits may beundertaken as announced, semi-announced or unannounced. During audits we require unrestricted access to all areas of the facility,to all documents necessary to determine compliance with these standards and to all employees for confidential interviews"
        • 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

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No 
          They have a Clarks Integrity Line for grievances in their operations, and require that all suppliers must have an internal grievance process, but that anonymous and independent reporting is also available through the ethics@clarks.com, and suppliers can use the integrity line in severe cases. 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "We monitor suppliers’ adherence to the standards set out in this Code of Practice through audits as well as informal visits and assessments. Audits may be undertaken by Clarks own auditors or by an independent third party appointed by Clarks. Audits may be undertaken as announced, semi-announced or unannounced. During audits we require unrestricted access to all areas of the facility, to all documents necessary to determine compliance with these standards and to all employees for confidential interviews." The Code of Practice includes labour / worker rights standards.  
        • 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
          What type of location data (boundary, point, etc.) is provided for smallholder farms?: Geo location

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Italy, Pakistan, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Mexico, Portugal , Thailand, USA

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Tanneries
          "We have updated our list of suppliers to include those used in the production of the majority of our products for the Autumn Winter 2021 season. This list includes the footwear suppliers we directly manage, who produce approximately 80% of our branded footwear, as well as the majority of footwear and non-footwear suppliers that are used through agents and licensees. In total these suppliers represent over 99% of Clarks production by volume.As part of our commitment to provide increased transparency of our supply base, a list of all the tanneries supplying leather used in Clarks specified shoes produced for the Autumn Winter 2021 season by our direct managed suppliers is available: Clarks Tannery list." 
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      13/88
      • Commitment Strength
        0/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/6
          • 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
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/5
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/3
          • 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
        • 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
        7/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "Clarks requires all suppliers to work openly and actively towards compliance with this Code of Practice which forms partof the terms and conditions of trade for Clarks [...] No children under 15 years or the minimum school leaving age of the country where it is higher are to be employed or engaged in theproduction of Clarks products [...] All work must be conducted on a voluntary basis, and not under threat of any penalty or sanctions. The Supplier shall not use anyform of forced, bonded, indentured, trafficked, slave or involuntary prison labour [...] Workers have the right to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively without prior authorization from suppliers’ management [...] No employee shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, salary, benefit, advancement, discipline, termination,or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, pregnancy, maternity or social orethnic origin."
        • 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
          "Clarks requires all suppliers to work openly and actively towards compliance with this Code of Practice which forms partof the terms and conditions of trade for Clarks [...] No employee shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, salary, benefit, advancement, discipline, termination,or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, pregnancy, maternity or social orethnic origin."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm
          Remediation plan for social harms: "Remediation, as used within this plan, is the process of ending situations of child labour, all forms of forced labour and labour trafficking, and as far as possible correcting any harms experienced by victims. It is important that this puts an end to modern slavery and tackles the harms experienced by the affected people. If Clarks either causes or contributes to a negative impact they will be responsible for the remediation. Even if there is no contribution or direct link this should not prevent Clarks from taking an active part in the response and remediation process... Our full Remediation Plan is available internally to employees on our Policy platform. Our partners and suppliers can request a full copy of the Remediation Plan from ethics@clarks.com."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • 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
          "Suppliers shall comply with all applicable laws, regulations and standards for health & safety [...] Suppliers shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding the protection and preservation of the environment [...] We monitor suppliers’ adherence to the standards set out in this Code of Practice through audits as well as informal visits andassessments. Audits may be undertaken by Clarks own auditors or by an independent third party appointed by Clarks. Audits may beundertaken as announced, semi-announced or unannounced. During audits we require unrestricted access to all areas of the facility,to all documents necessary to determine compliance with these standards and to all employees for confidential interviews"
        • 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
          They have a Clarks Integrity Line for grievances in their operations, and require that all suppliers must have an internal grievance process, but that anonymous and independent reporting is also available through the ethics@clarks.com, and suppliers can use the integrity line in severe cases. 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "We monitor suppliers’ adherence to the standards set out in this Code of Practice through audits as well as informal visits and assessments. Audits may be undertaken by Clarks own auditors or by an independent third party appointed by Clarks. Audits may be undertaken as announced, semi-announced or unannounced. During audits we require unrestricted access to all areas of the facility, to all documents necessary to determine compliance with these standards and to all employees for confidential interviews." The Code of Practice includes labour / worker rights standards.  
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    5/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    11/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    7/18
    Avg. score

Profile

C&J Clark International (Clarks) is a UK footwear company operating in over 75 countries. It designs, manufactures, and sells a wide range of footwear. The company is a major European footwear retailer and is one of largest footwear retailers globally. C & J Clark International Ltd. is selected as a powerbroker for leather and paper packaging.

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

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