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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
  • Commodity score
    20/88
    • Leather
      9/88
      • Commitment Strength
        0/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • 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
        • 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
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "To ensure that no forced and child labor exists within our supply chain, all potential material vendors used in the manufacture of our products must certify that they do not employ convict labor, forced labor, indentured labor or child labor" "Employees shall not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, nationality, religion, age, maternity, marital status, indigenous status, ethnicity, social origin, disability, sexual orientation, health condition, or trade union and/or political affiliation in employment or occupation, and human resources decisions, including hiring, wages, benefits, advancement, discipline and termination, shall be based on employees’ qualifications, abilities, productivity and overall job performance...Suppliers shall not interfere in the legal exercise of the right to freedom of association, and if the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is restricted under local or national law, suppliers shall provide alternative forms of independent and free employee representation and negotiation...Suppliers shall ensure work hours are in compliance with local standards and applicable law; employees shall not work in excess of 60 hours per week, including overtime, and shall be provided at least one day off during each seven consecutive work days...Suppliers shall ensure employees are provided with a safe and healthy work environment. Employees’ exposure to hazards – including those associated with manufacturing processes, as  well as health and safety concerns within the facility should be minimized to the extent possible and in accordance with applicable laws and industry practices". 
        • 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
          "Employees shall not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, nationality, religion, age, maternity, marital status, indigenous status, ethnicity, social origin, disability, sexual orientation, health condition, or trade union and/or political affiliation in employment or occupation, and human resources decisions, including hiring, wages, benefits, advancement, discipline and termination, shall be based on employees’ qualifications, abilities, productivity and overall job performance."
        • 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
        4/50
        • 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
          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
          "Skechers routinely audits its suppliers to ensure they are operating in a manner consistent with the Skechers Supplier Code of Conduct...Suppliers must fully comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations of the country in which they are located and operating, including those relating to labor,workplace health and safety, and the environment.Suppliers must comply with all relevant laws and avoid all forms of corruption, including but not limited to extortion, bribery, embezzlement, theft or other abuse of power to gain business or personal advantage"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • 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
          "Skechers routinely audits its suppliers to ensure they are operating in a manner consistent with the Skechers Supplier Code of Conduct.Skechers closely monitors the effectiveness of any actions taken by our suppliers to respond to human rights risks and impacts, primarily through our follow-up Supplier Code of Conduct audits at our suppliers’ facilities. We conduct annual audits, addressing issues under the eleven (11) different categories of our Supplier Code of Conduct...Suppliers found in violations of the highest severity or responsible for multiple violations are terminated."
        • 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
    • Pulp & Paper
      30/88
      • Commitment Strength
        8/20
        • 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
            "99% of Skechers-branded footwear is packaged in shoeboxes that meet the FSC standard for responsible sources."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "99% of Skechers-branded footwear is packaged in shoeboxes that meet the FSC standard for responsible sources."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Sustainable packaging is a top priority at Skechers. We continually seek out new ways to increase our use of environmentally minded materials, and regularly conduct assessments to ensure that these items are FSC-certified, recycled or ethically harvested...93% of Skechers-branded shoeboxes are fully recyclable...100%of our foot forms and tissue paper packaging is recyclable...90% Since 2016, we’ve reduced our footwear packaging plastic by 90% to less than 7% – all of which is 100% recyclable...99%of Skechers-branded footwear is packaged in shoeboxes that meet the FSC® standard for responsible sources"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Sustainable packaging is a top priority at Skechers. We continually seek out new ways to increase our use of environmentally minded materials, and regularly conduct assessments to ensure that these items are FSC-certified, recycled or ethically harvested...93% of Skechers-branded shoeboxes are fully recyclable...100%of our foot forms and tissue paper packaging is recyclable...90% Since 2016, we’ve reduced our footwear packaging plastic by 90% to less than 7% – all of which is 100% recyclable...99%of Skechers-branded footwear is packaged in shoeboxes that meet the FSC® standard for responsible sources"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Sustainable packaging is a top priority at Skechers. We continually seek out new ways to increase our use of environmentally minded materials, and regularly conduct assessments to ensure that these items are FSC-certified, recycled or ethically harvested...93% of Skechers-branded shoeboxes are fully recyclable...100%of our foot forms and tissue paper packaging is recyclable...90% Since 2016, we’ve reduced our footwear packaging plastic by 90% to less than 7% – all of which is 100% recyclable...99%of Skechers-branded footwear is packaged in shoeboxes that meet the FSC® standard for responsible sources"
          • 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
        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

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces
          "To ensure that no forced and child labor exists within our supply chain, all potential material vendors used in the manufacture of our products must certify that they do not employ convict labor, forced labor, indentured labor or child labor" "Employees shall not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, nationality, religion, age, maternity, marital status, indigenous status, ethnicity, social origin, disability, sexual orientation, health condition, or trade union and/or political affiliation in employment or occupation, and human resources decisions, including hiring, wages, benefits, advancement, discipline and termination, shall be based on employees’ qualifications, abilities, productivity and overall job performance...Suppliers shall not interfere in the legal exercise of the right to freedom of association, and if the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is restricted under local or national law, suppliers shall provide alternative forms of independent and free employee representation and negotiation...Suppliers shall ensure work hours are in compliance with local standards and applicable law; employees shall not work in excess of 60 hours per week, including overtime, and shall be provided at least one day off during each seven consecutive work days...Suppliers shall ensure employees are provided with a safe and healthy work environment. Employees’ exposure to hazards – including those associated with manufacturing processes, as  well as health and safety concerns within the facility should be minimized to the extent possible and in accordance with applicable laws and industry practices". 
        • 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
          "Employees shall not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, nationality, religion, age, maternity, marital status, indigenous status, ethnicity, social origin, disability, sexual orientation, health condition, or trade union and/or political affiliation in employment or occupation, and human resources decisions, including hiring, wages, benefits, advancement, discipline and termination, shall be based on employees’ qualifications, abilities, productivity and overall job performance."
        • 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
        16/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "99% of Skechers-branded footwear is packaged in shoeboxes that meet the FSC standard for responsible sources."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "Sustainable packaging is a top priority at Skechers. We continually seek out new ways to increase our use of environmentally minded materials, and regularly conduct assessments to ensure that these items are FSC-certified, recycled or ethically harvested...93% of Skechers-branded shoeboxes are fully recyclable...100%of our foot forms and tissue paper packaging is recyclable...90% Since 2016, we’ve reduced our footwear packaging plastic by 90% to less than 7% – all of which is 100% recyclable...99%of Skechers-branded footwear is packaged in shoeboxes that meet the FSC® standard for responsible sources"
          • 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

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Certification
            "99% of Skechers-branded footwear is packaged in shoeboxes that meet the FSC standard for responsible sources."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            "Sustainable packaging is a top priority at Skechers. We continually seek out new ways to increase our use of environmentally minded materials, and regularly conduct assessments to ensure that these items are FSC-certified, recycled or ethically harvested...93% of Skechers-branded shoeboxes are fully recyclable...100%of our foot forms and tissue paper packaging is recyclable...90% Since 2016, we’ve reduced our footwear packaging plastic by 90% to less than 7% – all of which is 100% recyclable...99%of Skechers-branded footwear is packaged in shoeboxes that meet the FSC® standard for responsible sources"
          • 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
          "Skechers routinely audits its suppliers to ensure they are operating in a manner consistent with the Skechers Supplier Code of Conduct.Skechers closely monitors the effectiveness of any actions taken by our suppliers to respond to human rights risks and impacts, primarily through our follow-up Supplier Code of Conduct audits at our suppliers’ facilities. We conduct annual audits, addressing issues under the eleven (11) different categories of our Supplier Code of Conduct...Suppliers found in violations of the highest severity or responsible for multiple violations are terminated."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 0 not specified

          What third-party verification is used?: FSC

          What is the compliant volume?: 0 not specified

          What is the certified volume?: 0 not specified

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 0 not specified
          "99% of Skechers-branded footwear is packaged in shoeboxes that meet the FSC® standard for responsible sources."
        • 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
          "Skechers routinely audits its suppliers to ensure they are operating in a manner consistent with the Skechers Supplier Code of Conduct.Skechers closely monitors the effectiveness of any actions taken by our suppliers to respond to human rights risks and impacts, primarily through our follow-up Supplier Code of Conduct audits at our suppliers’ facilities. We conduct annual audits, addressing issues under the eleven (11) different categories of our Supplier Code of Conduct...Suppliers found in violations of the highest severity or responsible for multiple violations are terminated."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 0 not specified

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified, 'continually' 

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 0 not specified

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 0 not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "We continually seek out new ways to increase our use of environmentally minded materials, and regularly conduct assessments to ensure that these items are FSC-certified, recycled or ethically harvested."
        • 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
    4/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    10/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Skechers USA is a company that manufactures and markets footwear, which is sold in both company-owned retail stores as well as through other retail channels. The company has two categories of footwear, lifestyle and performance, which are available in 160 countries around the world. Skechers is one of the top footwear companies in the world by brand share, as such it is exposed to the forest risk commodity leather. It is also one of the largest in the US and among the five largest in China. Skechers USA Inc. is selected as a powerbroker for leather and paper packaging.

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

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