ASICS remains ahead of most athletic brands in the 2023 Scorecard, having both set strong GHG emissions reduction targets in line with a 1.5°C pathway, and established a Tier 1 renewable energy target of 85%. Its efforts have resulted in a 10% reduction in supply chain emissions since 2019. Now ASICS needs to disclose the energy footprint and attributes of its supply chain in order to provide better transparency into its progress. ASICS reports working closely with its Tier 1 suppliers on switching to renewable energy, including by providing training and incentives and ultimately requiring its main suppliers to use renewable energy. However, it is unclear how much financial support is available to suppliers. The company should as a priority disclose information relating to its financial support to main suppliers. It is important that their suppliers are not disadvantaged by its renewable energy requirements. ASICS has pledged to replace virgin polyester with recycled alternatives, but it should focus on increasing natural or alternative fibres, or recycled materials from a closed-loop system, in order to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.
Key Findings for ASICS
ASICS has set an emissions reduction target for its own operations of 63% by 2030 from a 2015 base year, which is in line with keeping warming below 1.5°C.
The company has also set an emissions reduction target for its supply chain of 63% by 2030 from a 2015 base year. This target is in line with the 55% reduction required to reduce supply chain emissions now.
ASICS has set a renewable energy target in its own operations of 100%, but the energy is a mix of additional to the grid and renewable energy credits.
ASICS has also set a target of 85% renewable energy for its Tier 1 supply chain by 2030, which is an essential step for decarbonising its manufacturing.
As a member of the UN Fashion Charter, ASICS has set a target to phase out coal-fired boilers from its supply chain by 2030 to reduce air pollution and cut emissions.
ASICS publicly reports GHG emissions in its own operations, and in its supply chain. The company does provide a full breakdown of its Scope 3 emissions.
ASICS does publicly report its energy use for its own operations, including a breakdown of its renewable energy use and how that energy is sourced.
For its supply chain, ASICS does not publicly report its energy use, a breakdown of its suppliers’ renewable energy use or how that energy is sourced.
ASICS provides a partial supplier list to Tier 1 or 2.
ASICS provides its Tier 1 suppliers in Vietnam with training and resources to help them make energy efficiency improvements. ASICS does not report providing its major suppliers with financial incentives for energy efficiency measures, but has set a requirement for suppliers to continuously improve energy efficiency as a condition of contract.
ASICS does not require suppliers to reduce thermal coal demand in their manufacturing processes.
ASICS does report providing its main suppliers with training and resources to help them transition to renewable energy, including one-on-one information sharing, training on renewable energy procurement opportunities, invitation to join the Clean by Design program and sharing best climate impact mitigation practices. The company does not report providing specific financial support or incentives to make the energy transition, but it does work directly with suppliers and feature climate performance in supplier awards schemes. Main suppliers are required to use renewable energy as a condition of contract.
ASICS requires its Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers to disclose GHG emissions data and for strategic suppliers to disclose facility-level data and set GHG emissions reduction targets.
ASICS has not made any commitments to phase out fossil fuel based materials.
ASICS 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, but the company does have some processes in place to avoid leather sourced from deforested regions.
ASICS was found to be at high risk of sourcing leather from deforestation in the Amazon Biome according to the Nowhere to Hide report.
ASICS reports acting to increase closed-loop textile recycling of synthetic and plant-based fibres through investing in innovation, but does not report details or set specific targets. ASICS has committed to replace all virgin polyester materials used in apparel and footwear with recycled alternatives by 2030. ASICS 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, but it committed to shift to more sustainable certified materials.
ASICS is acting to increase circularity and address overproduction by policies to improve the repairability, resale, durability and recyclability of its clothes, including a limited take-back and resale program and offering repair services on specific products in Japan.
ASICS does not publicly report its material mix, or its volume of deadstock. But it does report how it manages or disposes of its deadstock to reduce waste.
ASICS does report its shipping emissions annually, but does not have a target to reduce GHG emissions from transportation and does not provide a breakdown of its transportation methods.
ASICS does have a policy to avoid aviation and commit to slower shipping methods such as maritime, rail and land. The company does not have a near-term plan to ship its cargo via cleaner methods. It reported a gradual 9.9% drop in its upstream transportation and distribution emission from 2019 to 2021.
ASICS 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.
ASICS has yet to commit to transitioning its last mile delivery to zero emission vehicles.
ASICS joined the Japan Climate Initiative statement to the government of Japan advocating for a clean energy strategy that enables 40-50% renewable energy of Japan’s power needs by 2030. ASICS signed on to the We Mean Business Coalition letter to the G20 to enact policy to keep within the 1.5°C limit.
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EngagementASICS provided feedback on the 2023 Scorecard
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