EmissionsEmissions breakdown not available
Eileen Fisher was publicly active in advocating for clean energy investment in the United States at the federal and state levels. It has also taken critical steps to reduce its carbon footprint, such as requiring suppliers to reduce thermal coal demand in their manufacturing processes. The company shows a significant drop in purchased goods and services emissions from 2019 to 2021. Eileen Fisher has put a lot of effort into low-carbon materials and circularity by minimising the proportion of synthetic fibres, sourcing organic cotton, supporting textile recycling, and improving the repairability of its products, and leads in this category among all the brands assessed. However, it is lagging behind many other brands in terms of climate targets and emission transparency. To decarbonise the entire value chain, Eileen Fisher should set a more ambitious emissions reduction target for its supply chain and actively engage with its suppliers.
Key Findings for Eileen Fisher
Eileen Fisher has set an emissions reduction target for its own operations of 100% by 2025 from a 2017 baseline, 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 25% by 2025. This target is not in line with the 55% reduction by 2030 required.
Eileen Fisher has not set a renewable energy target in its own operations, although it is not clear whether the energy will be additional to the grid.
Eileen Fisher 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.
Coal phase out:
Eileen Fisher 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.
Eileen Fisher 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.
Eileen Fisher 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, Eileen Fisher does not publicly report its energy use, but it does provide a breakdown of its suppliers’ renewable energy use and how that energy is sourced.
Eileen Fisher provides a supplier list, including some Tier 4 suppliers.
Eileen Fisher does not provide its suppliers with training and resources to help them make energy efficiency improvements. Eileen Fisher does not report providing its major suppliers with financial incentives for energy efficiency measures, and does not require them to make energy savings as a condition of contract.
Eileen Fisher does report requiring suppliers to reduce thermal coal demand in their manufacturing processes and provides resources.
Eileen Fisher does report providing its suppliers with training and informational resources to help them transition to renewable energy, but does not provide details of the engagement. The company does not report providing financial support or incentives to make the energy transition and does not require suppliers to use renewable energy as a condition of contract.
Eileen Fisher does require its key suppliers to disclose GHG emissions data and does require them to set GHG emissions reduction targets, and it does require suppliers to provide facility level data via the Higg Index.
Eileen Fisher has not made any commitments to phase out fossil fuel based materials, but received credit for using only 8% synthetic fibres in its material mix, prioritising natural fibres.
Eileen Fisher 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 a policy in place to avoid leather sourced from deforested regions. Eileen Fisher also has a general policy against contributing to deforestation through other materials including cellulose-based fabrics, including ensuring its products contain no fibres from ancient and endangered forests and transitioning to 100% tencel by 2020.
Eileen Fisher uses limited amounts of synthetic fibres, and has taken action to increase the use of closed-loop materials by largely using regenerated cellulosic fiber or natural fiber. Eileen Fisher has committed to reduce the impact of its raw materials sourcing by switching to organic cotton or cotton sourced from regenerative agriculture by 2030.
Eileen Fisher is working actively to increase circularity and address overproduction by policies to improve the repairability, resale, durability and recyclability of its clothes through its well-established take back and resale program, and has committed to improving the repairability of its products. Eileen Fisher also launched the Hey Fashion! initiative to promote and accelerate the transition to a circular economy and support textile recycling across the industry.
Eileen Fisher publicly reports its material mix, but it does not report the volume of materials. It does not report its total volume of deadstock, but it does report how it manages or disposes of deadstock to reduce waste.
Eileen Fisher does not report its shipping emissions annually. But it does include shipping emissions in its GHG reduction targets. It also provides a breakdown of its transportation methods.
Eileen Fisher does report having a policy to avoid aviation and commit to slower shipping methods such as maritime, rail and land. The company does not report having a near-term plan to ship its cargo via cleaner methods.
Eileen Fisher 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.
Eileen Fisher has not committed to transitioning its last mile delivery to zero emission vehicles.
Eileen Fisher 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. In a letter to the California Air Resources Board, Eileen Fisher joined a diverse business coalition encouraging the support of regulation that accelerates electric vehicle deployment. Similarly the company also signed on to a letter to the Governor of Michigan in support of Executive Order 2020-182 calling for a transition to a carbon neutral economy by 2050. The company supported the Inflation Reduction Act which included investments related to reducing climate-related risks to the economy. Eileen Fisher was proactive in advocating for emissions reductions and renewable energy in the United States, and should seek to further engage internationally.
More About Eileen Fisher
EngagementEileen Fisher provided feedback on the 2023 Scorecard
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