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  • Overall approach
    1/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific commitment
      0/6
      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
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Clarks is a member of the Consumer Goods Forum.
    • 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
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    14/84
    • Leather
      21/84
      • Commitment Strength
        11/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          11/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            "Clarks is committed to eliminating deforestation and conversion of natural vegetation in our bovine leather supply chainsoriginating from Brazil, where cattle ranching is a leading driver of forest loss and conversion [...] Cow hides must not be sourced from animals farmed on ranches involved in any deforestation in the Brazilian Amazonbiome after October 5, 2009 [...] Wet blue tanneries, agents and othersuppliers must source cow hides exclusively from slaughterhouses or suppliers that have established and can provideevidence of credible supply chain monitoring systems for their direct suppliers to ensure zero deforestation cattlesourcing, and they must have plans in place to expand their monitoring systems to include indirect suppliers."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            Only applies to the Brazilian Amazon - "Clarks is committed to eliminating deforestation and conversion of natural vegetation in our bovine leather supply chainsoriginating from Brazil, where cattle ranching is a leading driver of forest loss and conversion [...] Cow hides must not be sourced from animals farmed on ranches involved in any deforestation in the Brazilian Amazonbiome after October 5, 2009 [...] Wet blue tanneries, agents and othersuppliers must source cow hides exclusively from slaughterhouses or suppliers that have established and can provideevidence of credible supply chain monitoring systems for their direct suppliers to ensure zero deforestation cattlesourcing, and they must have plans in place to expand their monitoring systems to include indirect suppliers."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Only applies to the Brazilian Amazon - "Clarks is committed to eliminating deforestation and conversion of natural vegetation in our bovine leather supply chainsoriginating from Brazil, where cattle ranching is a leading driver of forest loss and conversion [...] Cow hides must not be sourced from animals farmed on ranches involved in any deforestation in the Brazilian Amazonbiome after October 5, 2009 [...] Wet blue tanneries, agents and othersuppliers must source cow hides exclusively from slaughterhouses or suppliers that have established and can provideevidence of credible supply chain monitoring systems for their direct suppliers to ensure zero deforestation cattlesourcing, and they must have plans in place to expand their monitoring systems to include indirect suppliers."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            If no, what is excluded?: Location

            What is the rationale for any exclusion?: Only applies to Brazilian leather

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: 0 Not specified
            "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
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
            Interim target date
            No
            0/1
            "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%) "
      • 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: 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
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/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
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        5/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 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
          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
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Tanneries

          For what percent of smallholder suppliers is location disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          What type of location data (boundary, point, etc.) is provided for smallholder farms?: Geo location

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 100%

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

          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 100%
          tannery locations are disclosed in separate reports
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          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
      7/84
      • Commitment Strength
        0/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/12
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • 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: 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
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/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
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        2/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • 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
        • 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
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          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
    6/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    3/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/18
    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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