Parent company of Arc’teryx, Salomon, Atomic
While the majority of sportswear companies assessed in this scorecard have made progress since the 2021 Scorecard, Amer Sports is still lagging far behind in tackling its climate emissions and reported a 30% increase in supply chain emissions between 2020 and 2021. The company has not yet set any group-level GHG emissions or renewable energy targets, which it should do as a priority, although several of its sub-brands (e.g. Arc’teryx, Salomon) have their own targets. Amer Sports provides limited information relating to its supplier engagement policies, but in a sign of positive movement, it joined the Supply Chain Decarbonisation Project in 2021. Through participation in this project, it is beginning the process of assessing its supply chain in order to help them transition to renewable energy in future. If it’s serious about addressing its climate impacts and keeping pace with its competitors, Amer Sports should set group-level GHG targets and report transparently on its progress in engaging its supply chain on phasing out fossil fuels.
*2020-2021. Amer Sports did not report a breakdown of its Scope 3 emissions in 2019.
Key Findings for Amer Sports
Amer Sports has not yet set a group-level emissions reduction target for its own operations or its supply chain, which is not in line with keeping warming below 1.5°C.
Amer Sports has not set a renewable energy target in its own operations, although it reports purchasing RECs to reduce emissions.
Amer Sports has yet to set a target of 100% renewable energy for its supply chain by 2030, which is an essential step for decarbonising its manufacturing.
Amer Sports has not publicly set a target to phase out coal-fired boilers from its supply chain by 2030 to reduce air pollution and cut emissions.
Amer Sports publicly reports GHG emissions in its own operations and its supply chain. The company does provide a full breakdown of its Scope 3 emissions.
Amer Sports does publicly report its energy use for its own operations, including providing a breakdown of its renewable energy use and how that energy is sourced.
For its supply chain, Amer Sports does not publicly report its energy use, and does not provide a breakdown of its suppliers’ renewable energy use or how that energy is sourced.
Amer Sports provides a partial supplier list to Tier 1.
Amer Sports does not report providing its suppliers with training and resources, or financial support to help them make energy efficiency improvements, and does not require them to make energy savings as a condition of contract.
Amer Sports does not require suppliers to reduce thermal coal demand in their manufacturing processes.
Amer Sports joined the European Outdoor Group Supply Chain Decarbonisation Project in 2021 through which it reports beginning the process of assessing its supplier networks in order to provide its suppliers with training and resources to help them transition to renewable energy, and ultimately support their transition with financing in the future. Amer Sports does not require suppliers to use renewable energy as a condition of contract.
Amer Sports does require its Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers to disclose GHG emissions data and provide facility level data via the Higg Index. But it does not require them to set GHG emissions reduction targets.
Amer Sports has not made any commitments to phase out fossil fuel based materials.
Amer Sports has not made a public policy to ban the sourcing of leather from the Amazon Biome or taken measurable steps to ensure that Amazon leather is not contributing to deforestation, and the company does not have processes in place to avoid leather sourced from deforested regions. Amer Sports also does not appear to have a general policy against contributing to deforestation through other materials including cellulose-based fabrics. Amer Sports brand Salomon was found to be at high risk of sourcing leather from deforested parts of the Amazon Biome in the Nowhere to Hide report.
Amer Sports has not committed to increase closed-loop apparel-to-apparel recycling for synthetics and plant-based materials. Amer Sports has not committed to reduce the impact of its raw materials sourcing by switching to organic cotton or cotton sourced from regenerative agriculture by 2030.
Amer Sport is acting minimally to increase circularity and address overproduction by policies to improve the repairability, resale, durability and recyclability of its clothes, for example expanding its business model to establish product take-back programs, repair services, and refurbished or second-life products for further sale through its Arc’teryx brand.
Amer Sports does not publicly report its material mix, its volume of deadstock or how it manages or disposes of its deadstock to reduce waste.
Amer Sports reported its shipping emissions in 2020 and 2021, but not in 2019. It does not target to reduce its upstream transportation emissions, and does not provide a breakdown of its transportation methods.
Amer Sports does not have a policy to avoid aviation and commit to slower shipping methods such as maritime, rail and land. The company also does not report having a near-term plan to ship its cargo via cleaner methods. It reported a 27.9% increase in its upstream transportation and distribution emissions from 2020 to 2021.
Amer Sports has not committed to transitioning to zero emissions vessels (ZEV) by 2030. The company has not used its voice publicly to advocate for Zero Emission Shipping.
Amer Sports has yet to commit to transitioning its last mile delivery to zero emission vehicles.
Amer Sports is in coalition with 39 other companies to sign the Clean Energy Demand Initiative (CEDI) Global Letter of Intent. This letter calls for a global clean energy transition in partnership with governments, non-profits, and other organizations. Amer Sports has also signed a joint statement to the government of Vietnam advocating for the creation and implementation of Power Development Plan VIII. This plan must prioritise renewable energy investment while also accelerating the country’s clean energy transition. While Amer Sports has taken steps forward on this issue, the company has room to grow in their international leadership on renewable energy within the fashion industry.
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EngagementAmer Sports provided feedback on the 2023 Scorecard
- “Amer CDP,” 2020.
- “Amer CDP,” 2021.
- “Amer CDP,” 2022.
- “Amer Sports Major Finished Goods Suppliers List,” February 2022. https://www.amersports.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Amer-Sports-finished-goods-suppliers-2022.pdf.
- “Amer Sports Sustainability Report 2021,” May 18, 2022. https://www.amersports.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Amer_Sports_Sustainability_Report_2021.pdf.
- “European Outdoor Group Reports Progress in Ground-Breaking Supply Chain Decarbonisation Project,” December 9, 2021. https://www.europeanoutdoorgroup.com/articles/european-outdoor-group-reports-progress-in-ground-breaking-supply-chain-decarbonisation-project.
- “Global CEDI Statement of Intent.”
- “Joint Statement of Support for High-Ambition Power Development Planning in Vietnam.” Clean Energy Investment Accelerator, November 17, 2021. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5b7e51339772aebd21642486/t/619565dd1cf92a0d50c0013b/1637180894505/CEIA+Vietnam+Joint+Statement+to+GVN_2021.11.17.pdf.