Rated: Not good enough
location: United States
Our ratings are based on a scale from 1 (We avoid) to 5 (Great)
Birkenstock's environment rating is 'not good enough'. It does not use eco-friendly materials. There is no evidence it reduces its carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions. It uses water-based glues to minimise the use of solvent-based chemicals in its shoe production. There is no evidence it minimises textile waste.
Its labour rating is 'not good enough'. Its final stage of production is mostly undertaken in the European Union, a low/medium risk region for labour abuse. There is no evidence it ensures payment of a living wage in its supply chain. There is no evidence it has worker empowerment initiatives such as collective bargaining or rights to make a complaint. It does not disclose any policies or safeguards to protect suppliers and workers in its supply chain from the impacts of COVID-19.
Its animal rating is 'not good enough'. There is no evidence it has a policy to minimise the suffering of animals. It uses leather and wool. It does not use fur, down, angora, exotic animal skin or hair. There is no evidence it traces any animal product to the first stage of production.
Birkenstock is rated 'Not good enough' overall.