Jack Wolfskin
Outdoor clothing and footwear
Founded in 1981 and owned by The Callaway Golf since Jan 2019. Operates 924 stores worldwide, mostly in Europe and Asia (especially China).

Overall

Owned USA
Rating D
About the Ratings

Company Ownership

Jack Wolfskin GmbH & Co KGaA
GER
Topgolf Callaway Brands Corporation
owns 100% of Jack Wolfskin GmbH & Co KGaA
USA
Sporting goods, specialising in golf
World's #1 golf club maker through brands Top-Flite, Callaway, Ben Hogan, and Odyssey. Founded in 1982.

Company Assessment

Jack Wolfskin GmbH & Co KGaA
Praise
Fair Wear Foundation's (FWF) mission is to improve labour conditions in the garment industry. It is an international verification initiative dedicated to enhancing workers' lives all over the world. They work closely with a growing number of companies that produce clothing and other sewn products and that take responsibility for their supply chain. FWF keeps track of the improvements made by the companies it works with using its annual Brand Performance Check. In 2020 this company was rated 'leader'.
Criticism
The Chinese government has facilitated the mass transfer of Uyghur and other ethnic minority citizens from the far west region of Xinjiang to factories across the country. Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labour, Uyghurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of international brands. The 2021 Laundering Cotton report investigates how forced-labour-produced cotton and cotton-based goods from the Uyghur Region wend their way into international supply chains of well-known international clothing brands, including brands owned by this company.
Information
This company has been called out by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) for not signing the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile & Garment Industry. All of the brands that have not yet signed the Accord continue to put workers' lives at risk and CCC urge them to sign on as soon as possible.
This company has committed to making products with RDS-certified down. The Responsible Down Standard (RDS) is an independent, voluntary global standard which ensures that down and feathers come from ducks and geese that have been treated well, with no live plucking or force feeding. However the RDS has been criticised by PETA, who claim live plucking still occurs at RDS farms. (https://bit.ly/3TAiNB6)
Source: RDS (2022)
This retailer has committed to being a fur free retailer, as recognised by the International Fur Free Retailer Program.
Brands owned by this company are listed in Human Society International Australia's Better Wool Guide as using 100% non-mulesed wool from a robust certification scheme, or has a time-bound commitment to do so. Mulesing is the controversial practice of removing strips of the skin of a lamb's rear and is often done without pain relief. In Australia, the only country where mulesing still occurs, an estimated 10 million merino lambs are subjected to mulesing each year - equivalent to 19 lambs per minute.
The bluesign Standard sets "best practices" for the use of chemicals and resources - including water and energy - in the textile industry. Textile manufacturers who are bluesign system partners agree to establish management systems to improve environmental performance in five key areas of the production process: resource productivity, consumer safety, water emissions, air emissions, and occupational health and safety. They regularly report their progress, are subject to on-site audits, and must meet improvement goals to maintain their status.
This company is a member of the European Outdoor Conservation Association, a non-profit charitable organisation which supports conservation work by raising funds from within the European Outdoor sector and promoting care and respect for wild places.
Source: EOCA (2021)
This company has corporate responsibility claims on its website in the areas environmental protection, social responsibility and product design. Sustainable materials and animal welfare claims include no live feather plucking, no fur, no angora wool, non-mulesed wool, all cotton is certified organic, no nanotechnology, no PVC and some use of recycled polyester.
Follow the link to see this company's supply chain transparency claims.
This company is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a multi-stakeholder initiative launched in March 2011 by a group of global apparel and footwear companies and non-profit organizations (representing nearly one third of the global market share for apparel and footwear). The Coalition's goals are to reduce the apparel industry's environmental and social impact, and to develop a universal index to measure environmental and social performance of apparel products.
The 2023 Fashion Transparency Index reviewed 250 of the world's largest fashion brands and retailers and ranked them according to how much they disclose about their human rights and environmental policies, practices and impacts. Brands owned by this company scored 25%, signifying it is doing a bit more than the others when it comes to having policies and commitments in place and auditing and reporting activities, but could be doing more. The average score was 26% and the highest score was 83%.
Topgolf Callaway Brands Corporation
Criticism
As You Sow's 2019 report, Mining the Disclosures, is a deep analysis of 215 companies' human rights performance in relation to sourcing conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This company's score was 2.7% (Weak).
Information
California, the UK and Australia have all enacted legislation requiring companies operating within their borders to disclose their efforts to eradicate modern slavery from their operations and supply chains. Follow the link to see this company's disclosure statement.
This company uses nano-particles in some of its apparel.

Company Details

Type:
Wholly-owned subsidiary

Contact Details

Address:
Idstein, Germany
Website:
www.jack-wolfskin.com

Products / Brands

Jack Wolfskin
Jack Wolfskin Outdoor Wear