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Walt Disney: Going Green or Greenwashing?

Author:  Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs  (IPE), Published on: 23 August 2016

…[E]nvironmental groups’ extensive research and follow-up investigations show that behind Disney’s supply chain environmental management performance consistently lags far behind that of leading industry brands…Shanghai Lennon Textile Co., Ltd…obtained licensing from Disney…IPE’s public database show that in 2013, the company’s total wastewater discharge exceeded the legal standard for chroma…

Disney provided the following responses on August 19 to earlier email from IPE regarding the pollution records of suspected supplier Atechs Group: The first facility (…Atechs Shandong) was never authorized to manufacture Disney-branded products; The second facility – Atechs Jiangsu – has not been authorized to manufacture Disney-branded product since 2009. The facility was not engaged directly or indirectly by Disney, but only by two of Disney’s independent licensees that produced products for their own accounts, and not for or on behalf of Disney…

Investigations carried out by IPE found that a number of Disney’s suspected suppliers have environmental violations…Jinjiang Hanxin Garment Weaving Co., Led. Indicates that the company has passed a Disney audit…Qicaihu Swimwear Group, states…that it maintains long-term partnerships with Disney...During an inspection carried out this February…both companies were found to have begun construction without either first submitting construction project…EIA documents or obtaining EIA permission…

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