DATA

THE PROS:

Chanel has been certified by the Responsible Jewelry Council.

Chanel has invested in preserving traditional savoir-faire craftsmanship which supplies their products as well others.

THE CONS:

Chanel discloses very little about its supply chain and its social and environmental impact.

The brand does not share any goals regarding how it is working to improve environmental and social conditions in its supply chain.

In April 2016, The Fashion Transparency Index gave Chanel a “Low Rating”. This rating means that there is “Little to no evidence that the company has more than a Code of Conduct in place. The company is making little effort towards being transparent about their supply chain practices.” Out of the 40 brands surveyed, Chanel had the lowest rating.

 

/ Chanel releases 6 collections every year with roughly 50 pieces per collection.

/ According to Bloomberg Business, Chanel’s annual revenue for 2014 was $7.5 billion.

/ We don’t have any information about: the number of stores, the number of employees, the number of suppliers and how long their products are designed to last.

/ Chanel does not share a public list of suppliers or the countries in which they source from.

/ Chanel does not have a publicly available code of conduct.

/ Chanel does not share any information about its social and environmental impact.

/ It is unclear if Chanel can trace its supply chain.

/ In April 2016, The Fashion Transparency Index gave Chanel a “Low Rating”. This rating means that “Little to no evidence that the company has more than a Code of Conduct in place. The company is making little effort towards being transparent about their supply chain practices.” Out of the 40 brands surveyed, Chanel had the lowest rating.

/ Chanel does not explicitly state that they have a code of conduct and no public information is available regarding this.

/ Chanel has responded to the California Supply Chain Transparency Act and asserts that the brand endeavours to make sure third party suppliers comply with all applicable laws regarding human trafficking and slavery through verification, audits, certification, training and accountability.

/ According to China Labor Watch labor violations were found in a factory that manufactures for Chanel in 2014.

/ Chanel has been certified by the Responsible Jewelry Council, which is an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advance responsible ethical, social and environmental practices with respect to human rights through the jewelry supply chain.

/  At risk of closing, Chanel invested in preserving traditional savoir-faire craftsmanship shops which supply their products as well others.

 

 

 

 

/ Chanel does not have any environmental policies publicly available.

/ Rank-a-Brand gave the brand an E. They scored 0 out of 36 according the the sustainability indicators. This is the lowest possible sustainability score, and Chanel earned it by communicating nothing concrete about the policies for environment, carbon emissions or labor conditions in low-wages countries. Rank-a-Brand states that it is unclear whether Chanel is committed to sustainability or not.

 

/ Chanel does not appear to be participating in or funding any sustainability related innovations.

/ Chanel does not report that it is a part of any CSR or multi stakeholder initiatives. Do you know of any?

/ In 2015, a group of shipping department employees filed a class action suit against Chanel, Inc. for alleged violations of California wage and labor laws in one of its California stores. According to the suit, Chanel failed to pay overtime and provide rest breaks for shipping employees, failed to pay minimum wage, and failed to provide  accurate payroll records.

/ According to Media Mass, Karl Lagerfeld made $58 million from October 2014 and October 2015.

 

 

/ Chanel does not appear to be participating in or funding any sustainability related innovations. 

VOICES

RANK-A-BRAND

“Chanel has achieved the E-label. This is our lowest possible sustainability score, and Chanel has earned it by communicating nothing concrete about the policies for environment, carbon emissions or labor conditions in low-wages countries. For us as consumers, it is unclear whether Chanel is committed to sustainability or not.” – 8/2015

 

 

“It’s very easy to say no fur, no fur, no fur, but it’s an industry. “Who will pay for all the unemployment of the people if you suppress the industry of the fur? The hunters in the north for the sable, they have no other job, there is nothing else to do. Those organizations who are much against it, they are not Bill Gates,” – Karl Lagerfeld, The Independent, March 5, 2015

 

 

“The musketeers de la mode — Desrues, Lemarié, Michel, Massaro and Lesage — who had worked closely with Madame Chanel, had a gentleman’s agreement that one day, if we have no successors, Chanel will be a part of that,” Pavlovsky told BoF. “I remember Madame Montenay [president of the supervisory board of Chanel SAS]

saying: ‘If something happens, we have to take care of them.’”- Bruno Pavlovsky, Chanel’s President of fashion, Business of Fashion, April 19, 2015