Our Rating: 3 Stars - It's a start

Price: $ $ $ $

Country of origin: Italy

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Salewa Sustainability Rating

Salewa is owned by the OBERALP GROUP and is evaluated based on its environmental policies, supply chain practices, and commitment to sustainability. Our “Planet” rating assesses brands on criteria such as carbon emissions, wastewater management, business models, and product circularity. Salewa has been rated as “Not Good Enough” due to various factors that influence its score.

Environmental Impact

Salewa uses some lower-impact materials; however, there is no evidence that the brand is taking meaningful action to reduce or eliminate hazardous chemicals in its manufacturing processes. Additionally, Salewa has not shown any initiatives to protect biodiversity in its supply chain. While the brand uses renewable energy in its direct operations, it does not extend this practice to its entire supply chain.

Workers’ Rights

When it comes to workers’ rights, Salewa has been rated as “It’s a Start”. The brand’s final production stage is mostly certified by organizations such as the Business Social Compliance Initiative Code of Conduct (BSCI), Fair Wear Foundation, and the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP). Salewa’s Code of Conduct aligns with the ILO Four Fundamental Freedoms principles. However, there is no evidence that Salewa supports diversity and inclusion in its supply chain, and the brand needs to work on ensuring that its workers are paid living wages throughout its supply chain.

Animal Welfare

Our “Animals” rating focuses on brands’ animal welfare policies and their traceability of animal-derived products. Salewa has been rated as “It’s a Start” in this category. While Salewa has a formal policy aligned with the Five Freedoms of animal welfare, there are few implementation mechanisms in place. The brand uses leather but states that it sources wool from non-mulesed sheep. The down used by Salewa is certified by the Responsible Down Standard. The brand does not use fur, angora, exotic animal skin, or exotic animal hair, and it traces some animal-derived materials to the first production stage.

Overall Rating

Based on all the publicly available information we’ve reviewed, Salewa has received an overall rating of “It’s a Start” in terms of sustainability. While the brand has made some progress in areas such as workers’ rights and animal welfare, there is still room for improvement in environmental practices and supply chain transparency. Salewa has the potential to enhance its sustainability efforts and work towards a higher rating in the future.

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