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Rated: Not good enough

price: $$$$

location: United Kingdom

Debenhams is not taking adequate steps to minimise textile waste in its supply chain.

Debenhams sustainability rating


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Overall rating: Not good enough

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Debenhams's environment rating is 'not good enough'. It uses few eco-friendly materials. It has set an absolute target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated from its own operations but it has not set a supply chain target. There is no evidence it minimises textile waste. There is no evidence it implements water reduction initiatives.

Its labour rating is 'not good enough'. None of its supply chain is certified by labour standards which ensure worker health and safety, living wages or other labour rights. It received a score of 41-50% in the Fashion Transparency Index. It likely publishes information about its supplier policies, audits and remediation processes. It publishes a detailed list of suppliers in the final stage of production and some information about the second stage of production. It may be publishing some information about forced labour, gender equality or freedom of association. It has a project to improve wages in part of its supply chain. 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 'it's a start'. It has a formal animal welfare policy aligned with Five Freedoms. It uses leather and down. It states that it sources wool from non-mulesed sheep. It does not use angora, fur or exotic animal skin. There is no evidence it traces any animal products to the first stage of production.

Debenhams is rated 'Not good enough' overall.

Last updated August 2020