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SHEIN received failing marks in all categories except the one relating to climate commitments and transparency. Nevertheless, the emissions reduction targets in its own operations and supply chain are far below the targets set by its fast fashion competitors like Primark. SHEIN reported recently working with the Apparel Impact Institute’s (Aii’s) Clean By Design program to provide its major suppliers with support for energy efficiency measures. However, the company has not yet reported providing any financial support to its suppliers to help them undertake the energy transition. As an ultra-fast fashion brand, SHEIN’s raw materials have a huge negative impact and production is a major issue, but SHEIN has not demonstrated any progress in the areas of materials use or circularity, renewable energy advocacy, and clean transportation, and provides extremely limited transparency into its operations. The company needs to quickly move to disclose the breakdown of its supply chain emissions, phase out coal fired boilers, and drive the deployment of renewable energy in manufacturing.
Key Findings for SHEIN
SHEIN has set an emissions reduction target for its own operations of 42% by 2030, which is not 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 2030. This target is not in line with the 55% reduction required.
SHEIN has set a renewable energy target in its own operations of 100% by 2030, but it is not clear whether the energy will be additional to the grid.
SHEIN has yet to set a target of 100% renewable energy for its supply chain, which is an essential step for decarbonising its manufacturing.
Coal phase out:
SHEIN 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.
SHEIN publicly reports GHG emissions in its own operations, and in its supply chain, but the company does not provide a full breakdown of its Scope 3 emissions.
SHEIN does not publicly report its energy use for its own operations, or a breakdown of its renewable energy use and how that energy is sourced.
For its supply chain, SHEIN does not publicly report its energy use, or a breakdown of its suppliers’ renewable energy use and how that energy is sourced.
SHEIN does not provide a list of its suppliers.
SHEIN reported recently working with Aii’s Clean By Design program to provide its major suppliers with support for energy efficiency measures, but does not appear to offer its suppliers training and resources to help them make energy efficiency improvements. SHEIN does not require them to make energy savings as a condition of contract.
SHEIN does not require suppliers to reduce thermal coal demand in their manufacturing processes.
SHEIN does not report providing its suppliers with training and resources to help them transition to renewable energy. The company does claim to provide some financial support or incentives to make the energy transition through Brookfield Renewable Partners, but the extent of the engagement is unclear, and the company does not require suppliers to use renewable energy as a condition of contract.
SHEIN does not require its suppliers to set GHG emissions reduction targets or set science-based emissions reduction targets, and does not require suppliers to provide facility level data via the Higg Index or annually report GHG emissions.
SHEIN has not made any commitments to phase out fossil fuel based materials.
SHEIN 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. SHEIN also does not have a general policy against contributing to deforestation through other materials including cellulose-based fabrics.
SHEIN has not committed to increasing closed-loop apparel-to-apparel recycling for synthetics and plant-based materials, but has set the general goal to increase the use of recycled polyester, which does not reduce textile waste. SHEIN has not committed to reduce the impact of its raw materials sourcing by switching to organic cotton or cotton sourced from regenerative agriculture.
SHEIN is not acting to increase circularity and address overproduction by policies to improve the repairability, durability and recyclability of its clothes. Although it launched a limited resale platform in the US in 2022 the impact of the program is unclear, and SHEIN’s ultra-fast fashion business model is the antithesis of circularity.
SHEIN does not publicly report its material mix, its volume of deadstock or how it manages or disposes of its deadstock to reduce waste.
SHEIN does not report its shipping emissions annually, does not provide a breakdown of its transportation methods, and does not have a target to reduce GHG emissions from transportation.
SHEIN 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.
SHEIN 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.
SHEIN has yet to commit to transitioning its last mile delivery to zero emission vehicles.
It is not discernible that SHEIN has engaged in any advocacy to promote renewable energy during the Scorecard period.
More About SHEIN
EngagementSHEIN responded to requests
- “2021 Sustainability and Social Impact Report,” March 2022. https://us.shein.com/2021-Sustainability-and-Social-Impact-Report-a-1218.html.
- “How Are Shein Hauls Making Our Planet Unlivable?,” October 17, 2022. https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/10/17/how-are-shein-hauls-making-our-planet-unlivable.
- “Sharing Our 2021 GHG Emissions Inventory and Plans to Reduce Emissions,” September 28, 2022. https://www.sheingroup.com/corporate-news/2021-ghg-emissions-inventory/.
- “SHEIN Releases 2021 GHG Emissions Inventory and Announces Plans to Reduce Emissions Within Its Operations,” September 28, 2022. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/shein-releases-2021-ghg-emissions-inventory-and-announces-plans-to-reduce-emissions-within-its-operations-301635426.html.
- “Shein Unveils Plans to Reduce Emissions,” September 29, 2022. https://www.theindustry.fashion/shein-unveils-plans-to-reduce-emissions/.