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  • Overall approach
    2/12
    • 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
      "all the paper we use comes from trees that are farmed sustainably without disturbing natural eco-systems through deforestation."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: UN Global Compact
       Company is a signatory to the UN Global Compact
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "To start, we planted 10,000 trees in national forests across Texas, with a portion directed to the storm-damaged area along the Toledo Bend Reservoir. By regenerating the vegetation in this area, we helped maintain the integrity of the local ecosystem, which will benefit the health of the forest for years to come." 
    • 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
      "we are committed to being carbon neutral across our value chain by 2030"
  • Commodity score
    17/88
    • Leather
      7/88
      • 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
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces
          "Steve Madden will not tolerate any behavior or actions prohibited by the requirements herein. : [...] In all forms, Steve Madden prohibits child labor. [...] Equal & Non-Discriminatory Practices [...] We do not employ involuntary labor of any kind and will not knowingly conduct business with any partner that does. Involuntary labor includes prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or labor obtained through human trafficking or slavery. [...] We recognize and respect the right of all employees’ to freedom of association and the right to join unions or other work related associations as well as the right to bargain collectively as permitted by, and within the limits of, local laws." 
        • 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
          "We believe recruiting, employing and retaining people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, lifestyles and belief systems is the cornerstone of meeting the needs of our diverse consumer base and building a global business. By embracing a diverse and inclusive workplace, we create a comprehensive environment that offers all of us opportunities to succeed. Steve Madden is committed to providing a working environment free from all forms of unlawful harassment and discrimination, whether based upon race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, physical or mental disabilities, on-the-job injuries, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition or any other legally protected characteristic or status. Recruitment, hiring, placement, development, training, compensation and advancement at Steve Madden is based on qualifications, performance, skills and experience. We do not tolerate any conduct that harasses, disrupts, or in any way interferes with another’s work performance or which creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile work environment." 
        • 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
        2/50
        • 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
          No
          0/2
        • 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
          "The Policy applies to all employees, our business partners, vendors and suppliers across the globe. Steve Madden expects all business partners to permit ongoing monitoring and inspection in order to assess and insure the maintenance of Company standards of practice. Through proactive due diligence, we seek to identify and prevent human rights risks to employees in our business and we are committed to the fair and equitable remediation of any identified adverse human rights impacts resulting from or caused by our business activities."
        • 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
      26/88
      • Commitment Strength
        10/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            "all the paper we use comes from trees that are farmed sustainably without disturbing natural eco-systems through deforestation."
          • 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
            "all the paper we use comes from trees that are farmed sustainably without disturbing natural eco-systems through deforestation."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "all the paper we use comes from trees that are farmed sustainably without disturbing natural eco-systems through deforestation."
          • 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
            "all the paper we use comes from trees that are farmed sustainably without disturbing natural eco-systems through deforestation."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          3/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Reduction of material inputs
            " Since 2018, we replaced all of our retail shopping bags with reusable bags made with recycled polyester. By the end of 2025, all of our women’s, men’s, and kid’s shoe boxes will be 100% recyclable, made of 90% post-consumer waste and 10% virgin pulp farmed from sustainably managed forests." 
          • 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
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            " Since 2018, we replaced all of our retail shopping bags with reusable bags made with recycled polyester. By the end of 2025, all of our women’s, men’s, and kid’s shoe boxes will be 100% recyclable, made of 90% post-consumer waste and 10% virgin pulp farmed from sustainably managed forests." 
          • 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
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Steve Madden will not tolerate any behavior or actions prohibited by the requirements herein. : [...] In all forms, Steve Madden prohibits child labor. [...] Equal & Non-Discriminatory Practices [...] We do not employ involuntary labor of any kind and will not knowingly conduct business with any partner that does. Involuntary labor includes prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or labor obtained through human trafficking or slavery. [...] We recognize and respect the right of all employees’ to freedom of association and the right to join unions or other work related associations as well as the right to bargain collectively as permitted by, and within the limits of, local laws." 
        • 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
          "We believe recruiting, employing and retaining people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, lifestyles and belief systems is the cornerstone of meeting the needs of our diverse consumer base and building a global business. By embracing a diverse and inclusive workplace, we create a comprehensive environment that offers all of us opportunities to succeed. Steve Madden is committed to providing a working environment free from all forms of unlawful harassment and discrimination, whether based upon race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, physical or mental disabilities, on-the-job injuries, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition or any other legally protected characteristic or status. Recruitment, hiring, placement, development, training, compensation and advancement at Steve Madden is based on qualifications, performance, skills and experience. We do not tolerate any conduct that harasses, disrupts, or in any way interferes with another’s work performance or which creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile work environment." 
        • 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
        11/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • 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 Spring 2020, Steve Madden brand shoe boxes changed to 100% recyclable boxes made of 90% post-consumer waste and 10% virgin pulp farmed from sustainably managed forests."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • 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?: FSC
            "All packaging is certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council, the standard barer of sustainable lumber product sourcing. It is also sourced from tree plantations and not through deforestation." 
          • 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
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC
            "All packaging is certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council, the standard barer of sustainable lumber product sourcing. It is also sourced from tree plantations and not through deforestation." 
          • 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
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

          What third-party verification is used?: FSC
          "All packaging is certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council, the standard barer of sustainable lumber product sourcing. It is also sourced from tree plantations and not through deforestation."
        • 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
          "The Policy applies to all employees, our business partners, vendors and suppliers across the globe. Steve Madden expects all business partners to permit ongoing monitoring and inspection in order to assess and insure the maintenance of Company standards of practice. Through proactive due diligence, we seek to identify and prevent human rights risks to employees in our business and we are committed to the fair and equitable remediation of any identified adverse human rights impacts resulting from or caused by our business activities."
        • 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
    6/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Steve Madden Ltd., based in the US, manufactures and sells footwear on a global scale, as such it is exposed to the forest risk commodity leather. Steve Madden Ltd is selected as a powerbroker for leather and paper packaging.

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

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