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  • Overall approach
    1/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "We know that worldwide use of paper-based packaging impacts forests, deforestation, and biodiversity across the globe."
    • 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
    21/88
    • Leather
      18/88
      • Commitment Strength
        5/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          5/11
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1.3/8
            "As a brand that annually uses over 15,000,000 square feet of leather, we know that making our leather product as environmentally friendly as possible is one of our biggest opportunities to reduce our overall environmental impact. In 2018, more than 99% of our leather came from Gold- or Silver-rated tanneries, the two highest ratings offered by the Leather Working Group... We expressly prohibit the use of exotic leathers and those that come from endangered species."  
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "As a brand that annually uses over 15,000,000 square feet of leather, we know that making our leather product as environmentally friendly as possible is one of our biggest opportunities to reduce our overall environmental impact. In 2018, more than 99% of our leather came from Gold- or Silver-rated tanneries, the two highest ratings offered by the Leather Working Group... We expressly prohibit the use of exotic leathers and those that come from endangered species."  
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "As a brand that annually uses over 15,000,000 square feet of leather, we know that making our leather product as environmentally friendly as possible is one of our biggest opportunities to reduce our overall environmental impact. In 2018, more than 99% of our leather came from Gold- or Silver-rated tanneries, the two highest ratings offered by the Leather Working Group... We expressly prohibit the use of exotic leathers and those that come from endangered species." 
          • 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
            "As a brand that annually uses over 15,000,000 square feet of leather, we know that making our leather product as environmentally friendly as possible is one of our biggest opportunities to reduce our overall environmental impact. In 2018, more than 99% of our leather came from Gold- or Silver-rated tanneries, the two highest ratings offered by the Leather Working Group... We expressly prohibit the use of exotic leathers and those that come from endangered species." 
        • 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; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Production Partners must commit to upholding the human rights of workers, to treat them with dignity and respect, and to improve working conditions within their supply chain. • Employment is freely chosen...Collective Bargaining...Working conditions...Child labor...There must be no recruitment of “child labor”...deductions must comply with applicable law and be clearly communicated to employees...Production Partners are expected to adhere to all local and national laws governing working hours...Production Partners shall not engage in, support or tolerate discrimination in employment including recruitment, hiring, training, working conditions, job assignments, pay, benefits, promotions, discipline, termination or retirement on the basis of gender, age, religion, marital status, race, caste, social background, diseases, disability, pregnancy, ethnic and national 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
          "Production Partners must commit to upholding the human rights of workers, to treat them with dignity and respect, and to improve working conditions within their supply chain. • Employment is freely chosen...Collective Bargaining...Working conditions...Child labor...There must be no recruitment of “child labor”...deductions must comply with applicable law and be clearly communicated to employees...Production Partners are expected to adhere to all local and national laws governing working hours...Production Partners shall not engage in, support or tolerate discrimination in employment including recruitment, hiring, training, working conditions, job assignments, pay, benefits, promotions, discipline, termination or retirement on the basis of gender, age, religion, marital status, race, caste, social background, diseases, disability, pregnancy, ethnic and national origin". 
        • 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
        8/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
            "As a brand that annually uses over 15,000,000 square feet of leather, we know that making our leather product as environmentally friendly as possible is one of our biggest opportunities to reduce our overall environmental impact. In 2018, more than 99% of our leather came from Gold- or Silver-rated tanneries, the two highest ratings offered by the Leather Working Group. "
          • 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
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Leather Working Group

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          "Wolverine Worldwide has been a member of the Leather Working Group (LWG) since 2006."
        • 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
          "All Production Partners are required to conduct their business in compliance with all applicable legal requirements [...] All Production Partners will maintain accurate records and information and permit Wolverine or its representatives to periodically conduct announced and unannounced audits of such records and information."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own mechanism

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No 

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social
          "Employees, investors, stakeholders and other persons or entities may report complaints or concerns regarding any Reported Issue to the Company’s General Counsel, directly to the Audit Committee or confidentially though EthicsPoint at www.WolverineReportLine.com or the EthicsPoint hotline at 1- 888-415-0916. The EthicsPoint website and EthicsPoint hotline are managed by an outside, independent service provider and allows anyone to make a report without divulging his or her name."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 15,000,000 square feet 
          "As a brand that annually uses over 15,000,000 square feet of leather, we know that making our leather product as environmentally friendly as possible is one of our biggest opportunities to reduce our overall environmental impact. In 2018, more than 99% of our leather came from Gold- or Silver-rated tanneries, the two highest ratings offered by the Leather Working Group. "
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • 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
      24/88
      • Commitment Strength
        10/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          4/8
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "Our brands have taken the following actions to reduce packaging: Eliminating unnecessary hang tags, inserts, and other marketing materials. For example, Chaco eliminated hang tags from all closed-toe products and decreased the size of the inserts used to teach consumers how to adjust their straps in 2020• Eliminating shoe stuffing whenever possible• Piloting the use of a shippable shoebox that eliminates the need for outer packaging (usually a polybag or second cardboard box) to protect the product when shipping it directly to the consumer• Eliminating single-use polybags that are routinely used to package samples When packaging is required, we strive to use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper products containing the highest recycled content possible and ensure that packaging is commonly recyclable..."In 2020, more than 14 million shoeboxes were produced with FSC-certified paper (approximately 33% of our total shoebox volume)."
          • 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
            "Our brands have taken the following actions to reduce packaging: Eliminating unnecessary hang tags, inserts, and other marketing materials. For example, Chaco eliminated hang tags from all closed-toe products and decreased the size of the inserts used to teach consumers how to adjust their straps in 2020• Eliminating shoe stuffing whenever possible• Piloting the use of a shippable shoebox that eliminates the need for outer packaging (usually a polybag or second cardboard box) to protect the product when shipping it directly to the consumer• Eliminating single-use polybags that are routinely used to package samples When packaging is required, we strive to use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper products containing the highest recycled content possible and ensure that packaging is commonly recyclable..."In 2020, more than 14 million shoeboxes were produced with FSC-certified paper (approximately 33% of our total shoebox volume)."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Our brands have taken the following actions to reduce packaging: Eliminating unnecessary hang tags, inserts, and other marketing materials. For example, Chaco eliminated hang tags from all closed-toe products and decreased the size of the inserts used to teach consumers how to adjust their straps in 2020• Eliminating shoe stuffing whenever possible• Piloting the use of a shippable shoebox that eliminates the need for outer packaging (usually a polybag or second cardboard box) to protect the product when shipping it directly to the consumer• Eliminating single-use polybags that are routinely used to package samples When packaging is required, we strive to use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper products containing the highest recycled content possible and ensure that packaging is commonly recyclable..."In 2020, more than 14 million shoeboxes were produced with FSC-certified paper (approximately 33% of our total shoebox volume)."
          • 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
            "Our brands have taken the following actions to reduce packaging: Eliminating unnecessary hang tags, inserts, and other marketing materials. For example, Chaco eliminated hang tags from all closed-toe products and decreased the size of the inserts used to teach consumers how to adjust their straps in 2020• Eliminating shoe stuffing whenever possible• Piloting the use of a shippable shoebox that eliminates the need for outer packaging (usually a polybag or second cardboard box) to protect the product when shipping it directly to the consumer• Eliminating single-use polybags that are routinely used to package samples When packaging is required, we strive to use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper products containing the highest recycled content possible and ensure that packaging is commonly recyclable..."In 2020, more than 14 million shoeboxes were produced with FSC-certified paper (approximately 33% of our total shoebox volume)."
        • 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; Reduction of material inputs
            "Our brands have taken the following actions to reduce packaging: Eliminating unnecessary hang tags, inserts, and other marketing materials. For example, Chaco eliminated hang tags from all closed-toe products and decreased the size of the inserts used to teach consumers how to adjust their straps in 2020• Eliminating shoe stuffing whenever possible• Piloting the use of a shippable shoebox that eliminates the need for outer packaging (usually a polybag or second cardboard box) to protect the product when shipping it directly to the consumer• Eliminating single-use polybags that are routinely used to package samples When packaging is required, we strive to use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper products containing the highest recycled content possible and ensure that packaging is commonly recyclable. "
          • 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
            "Our brands have taken the following actions to reduce packaging: Eliminating unnecessary hang tags, inserts, and other marketing materials. For example, Chaco eliminated hang tags from all closed-toe products and decreased the size of the inserts used to teach consumers how to adjust their straps in 2020• Eliminating shoe stuffing whenever possible• Piloting the use of a shippable shoebox that eliminates the need for outer packaging (usually a polybag or second cardboard box) to protect the product when shipping it directly to the consumer• Eliminating single-use polybags that are routinely used to package samples When packaging is required, we strive to use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper products containing the highest recycled content possible and ensure that packaging is commonly recyclable. "
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Our brands have taken the following actions to reduce packaging: Eliminating unnecessary hang tags, inserts, and other marketing materials. For example, Chaco eliminated hang tags from all closed-toe products and decreased the size of the inserts used to teach consumers how to adjust their straps in 2020• Eliminating shoe stuffing whenever possible• Piloting the use of a shippable shoebox that eliminates the need for outer packaging (usually a polybag or second cardboard box) to protect the product when shipping it directly to the consumer• Eliminating single-use polybags that are routinely used to package samples When packaging is required, we strive to use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper products containing the highest recycled content possible and ensure that packaging is commonly recyclable. "
          • 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
            "Our brands have taken the following actions to reduce packaging: Eliminating unnecessary hang tags, inserts, and other marketing materials. For example, Chaco eliminated hang tags from all closed-toe products and decreased the size of the inserts used to teach consumers how to adjust their straps in 2020• Eliminating shoe stuffing whenever possible• Piloting the use of a shippable shoebox that eliminates the need for outer packaging (usually a polybag or second cardboard box) to protect the product when shipping it directly to the consumer• Eliminating single-use polybags that are routinely used to package samples When packaging is required, we strive to use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper products containing the highest recycled content possible and ensure that packaging is commonly recyclable. "
        • 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
          "Production Partners must commit to upholding the human rights of workers, to treat them with dignity and respect, and to improve working conditions within their supply chain. • Employment is freely chosen...Collective Bargaining...Working conditions...Child labor...There must be no recruitment of “child labor”...deductions must comply with applicable law and be clearly communicated to employees...Production Partners are expected to adhere to all local and national laws governing working hours...Production Partners shall not engage in, support or tolerate discrimination in employment including recruitment, hiring, training, working conditions, job assignments, pay, benefits, promotions, discipline, termination or retirement on the basis of gender, age, religion, marital status, race, caste, social background, diseases, disability, pregnancy, ethnic and national 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
          "Production Partners must commit to upholding the human rights of workers, to treat them with dignity and respect, and to improve working conditions within their supply chain. • Employment is freely chosen...Collective Bargaining...Working conditions...Child labor...There must be no recruitment of “child labor”...deductions must comply with applicable law and be clearly communicated to employees...Production Partners are expected to adhere to all local and national laws governing working hours...Production Partners shall not engage in, support or tolerate discrimination in employment including recruitment, hiring, training, working conditions, job assignments, pay, benefits, promotions, discipline, termination or retirement on the basis of gender, age, religion, marital status, race, caste, social background, diseases, disability, pregnancy, ethnic and national origin". 
        • 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
        10/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            "In 2020, more than 14 million shoeboxes were produced with FSC-certified paper (approximately 33% of our total shoebox volume). Additionally, all direct-sourced Cat Footwear and Merrell shoeboxes were made with FSC-certified paper."
          • 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
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: 0 not specified
            "In 2020, more than 14 million shoeboxes were produced with FSC-certified paper (approximately 33% of our total shoebox volume)."
          • 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
            "In 2020, more than 14 million shoeboxes were produced with FSC-certified paper (approximately 33% of our total shoebox volume). Additionally, all direct-sourced Cat Footwear and Merrell shoeboxes were made with FSC-certified paper."
          • 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 processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC
            "In 2020, more than 14 million shoeboxes were produced with FSC-certified paper (approximately 33% of our total shoebox volume)."
          • 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
          "All Production Partners are required to conduct their business in compliance with all applicable legal requirements [...] All Production Partners will maintain accurate records and information and permit Wolverine or its representatives to periodically conduct announced and unannounced audits of such records and information."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own mechanism
          "Employees, investors, stakeholders and other persons or entities may report complaints or concerns regarding any Reported Issue to the Company’s General Counsel, directly to the Audit Committee or confidentially though EthicsPoint at www.WolverineReportLine.com or the EthicsPoint hotline at 1- 888-415-0916. The EthicsPoint website and EthicsPoint hotline are managed by an outside, independent service provider and allows anyone to make a report without divulging his or her name."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          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

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 0 not specified
          "In 2020, more than 14 million shoeboxes were produced with FSC-certified paper (approximately 33% of our total shoebox volume)"
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • 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
    7/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    9/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Wolverine World Wide Inc (Wolverine) is a leading international manufacturer of footwear and apparel, with product markets in approximately 200 countries worldwide. The company owns numerous well-known brands including Cat Footwear, Hush Puppies, Merrell, Saucony and Sebago. As a leading producer of apparel and footwear products Wolverine is exposed to the forest risk commodity leather, which is a key material in this sector. Wolverine World Wide 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

Top Brands

Bates, Cat Footwear, Chaco, Harley-Davidson Footwear, Hush Puppies, Hytest, Keds, merrell, Saucony, Sperry, Stride Rite, Wolverine

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