Rating: It's a start

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Location: Canada

About Arc’teryx

Arc’teryx is a renowned brand in the outdoor industry. It is owned by Amer Sports, a company known for its commitment to sustainability. However, when it comes to environmental policies in their supply chains, Arc’teryx falls short. In our evaluation, known as the “Planet” rating, Arc’teryx has been rated as “Not Good Enough”. Let’s delve into the factors influencing this rating.

Environmental Impact

  • Arc’teryx uses few lower-impact materials in its products, which means it still relies on conventional manufacturing processes with a higher environmental footprint.
  • On the positive side, Arc’teryx produces long-lasting products, which helps reduce waste and promotes sustainability. Durability is indeed a crucial aspect of their brand.
  • However, there’s no evidence that Arc’teryx is actively taking meaningful action to reduce water use in its supply chain. Water conservation is becoming increasingly important in the fashion industry, and brands are expected to tackle this issue responsibly.
  • Arc’teryx has set a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in both its direct operations and supply chain. While it claims to be on track, further evidence is required to validate its progress.
  • Another area of concern is the lack of evidence regarding Arc’teryx’s actions to protect biodiversity in its supply chain. Preserving biodiversity is essential for maintaining a healthy planet.

Workers’ Rights

  • Arc’teryx’s approach to workers’ rights has been evaluated under our “People” rating, and unfortunately, it has received a rating of “Not Good Enough”.
  • Part of the final production stage of Arc’teryx’s products is certified by various organizations such as the Fair Labor Association (FLA), Fair Trade USA, Fair Wear Foundation, Social Accountability International (SA8000), and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP). This demonstrates some level of commitment to fair labor practices.
  • However, there’s no evidence that Arc’teryx supports diversity and inclusion in its supply chain. Diversity and inclusion are crucial for fostering equal opportunities and creating a more inclusive industry.
  • Arc’teryx prohibits its suppliers from charging workers recruitment fees, which is a positive step to reduce the risk of modern slavery.
  • While Arc’teryx claims to have a program to improve wages, there’s no concrete evidence to ensure that workers in most of its supply chain are paid living wages. Fair wages are essential for ensuring the well-being and dignity of workers.
  • During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Arc’teryx disclosed adequate policies to protect workers in its supply chain from the virus. The protection and safety of workers should always be a priority.

Animal Welfare

  • When it comes to animal welfare, Arc’teryx has been rated as “It’s a Start” under our “Animals” rating.
  • Arc’teryx has a formal policy aligned with the Five Freedoms of animal welfare and clear implementation mechanisms in place. This shows a commitment to ensuring the well-being of animals in their supply chain.
  • While it appears that Arc’teryx uses leather, it doesn’t use fur, angora, exotic animal skin, or exotic animal hair.
  • Arc’teryx states that it sources wool from non-mulesed sheep, which indicates a responsible approach to animal sourcing.
  • The down used by Arc’teryx is certified by the Responsible Down Standard, ensuring that it meets certain criteria for ethical sourcing.
  • Arc’teryx traces some animal-derived materials to the first production stage, showing a level of transparency in their supply chain.

Overall Evaluation

Based on all the publicly available information we have reviewed, Arc’teryx has received an overall rating of “It’s a Start”. While it does show some positive efforts in certain areas, there is still room for improvement across multiple sustainability aspects.

As consumers, we have the power to push for change and encourage brands like Arc’teryx to continuously strive for greater sustainability and ethical practices. By supporting brands that prioritize the well-being of the planet, workers, and animals, we can contribute to a more sustainable future.

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