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Well on the way Click here for score rapport: 18 out of 31

Sustainability summary

Alchemist has achieved the B-label. Alchemist is one of the more sustainable fashion brands. However, there are some improvements to be made.

Brand owner: Alchemist Fashion B.V.
Head office: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Female
Free Tags: Shirts, Pullover, Dress

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Alchemist sustainability score report

Last edited: 31 October 2017 by Judith
Last reviewed: 31 October 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Alchemist implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, for instance with respect to its logistics as well as energy efficiency in its premises. Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Alchemist does not publish the climate footprint of last years. It is therefore not clear if the implemented measures actually helped to reduce the total annual greenhouse gas emissions. Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Alchemist does not communicate its renewable energy policy. Source
4. Is all the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Alchemist mentions it has a target to reduce its climate footprint, but does not specify the target percentage, base year and target year. Source
6.  Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations (Scope 3)? Alchemist implements measures to keep its production chain emissions low. For instance, its Austrian fabric supplier for Tencel generates bioenergy on-site for 80% of its energy consumption. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

8 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? In 2017, around 61,6% of Alchemist’s entire collection is made of more sustainable raw materials, namely recycled denim, recycled linen, Tencel and organic cotton. Source
2. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 90% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures to make the clothes and footwear? The production of Alchemist's clothing is GOTS certified, which means that high standards are maintained for suitable chemical use and water policies during production. This certification is applicable to its items made of organic cotton. Source
8. Has the brand (company) eliminated at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or Per fluorinated chemicals from its entire garment production? Alchemist communicates that e.g. Azo dyes, Phthalates and PFC are not used in the production of all its garments. Source
9. Has the brand (company) eliminated at least three suspect chemical groups, such as Phthalates or Per fluorinated chemicals from its entire garment production? See remark for environmental policy question 8. Source
10. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of its shipping packaging and carrier bags, by reducing, re-using, recycling and responsible sourcing of packaging materials, and does the brand annually report on these results? Alchemist implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its packaging, such as biodegradable packaging and organic cotton carrier bags. However, concrete aggregate results of its packaging materials footprint are not publicly reported yet. Source
11. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Alchemist does not communicate any concrete information about its waste reduction policies. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Alchemist actively encourages consumers to recycle clothes, e.g. to give worn clothes to a second hand store or to repair them. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

8 out of 13
1. Does the brand (company) have a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) which includes the following standards: No forced or slave labor, no child labor, no discrimination of any kind and a safe and hygienic workplace? Alchemist is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). For Labour Standards FWF, see link questions 2&3 below. In the Labour Standards all these standards are mentioned (standards 1,2,3,7) (see link of next question). Source
2. Does this CoC include at least two of the following workers rights: 1. to have a formally registered employment relationship 2. to have a maximum working week of 48 hours with voluntary and paid overtime of 12 hours maximum 3. to have a sufficient living wage? In FWF Labour Standards: 1. Yes, legally-binding employment relationships; 2. Yes, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime is voluntary; 3. Yes, commitment to implement payment of living wages (see link standards 5,6,8). Source
3. Does this Code of Conduct include the right for workers to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively; and in those situations where these rights are restricted under law, the right to facilitate parallel means of independent and free association and bargaining? In FWF Labour Standards: This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions. Source
4. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Alchemist has not published a list of its current direct suppliers. Source
5. Is the brand (company) a member of a collective initiative that aims to improve labor conditions, or does the brand (company) purchase its supplies from accredited factories with improved labor conditions? Alchemist is a member of Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). Source
6. Do independent civil society organizations like NGO's and labor unions have a decisive voice in this collective initiative or in these certification schemes? Alchemist is a member of FWF. This organisation is a Multi stakeholder-Initiative, thus independent civil society organizations like NGO's have a decisive voice. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Alchemist does not report clearly whether measures at its supplying production facilities are implemented to achieve improved labour practices with respect to product and / or production process quality. Source
8. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy? Is at least 90% of the brands production volume from apparel manufacturers monitored for labour conditions? Alchemist has a publicly available annual audit report on the FWF website. In 2016, 86% of Alchemist's production volume was under monitoring on apparel manufacturer level (see link, page 3). Source
9. Is at least 25% of the production volume from apparel manufacturers approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FWF, GOTS or SA8000? Two-thirds of Alchemist's production volume is made in Portugal, which is a low risk country in terms of weak labour conditions, according to FWF (see link, page 9 & 12). " Source
10. Is at least 50% of the production volume from apparel manufacturers approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FWF, GOTS or SA8000? See remark for labor conditions policy question 9. Source
11. Does the brand (company) implement a policy to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers? Are at least first living wage payments realised? According to FWF, Alchemist conducted a living wage analysis with two other FWF member brands at one of their main suppliers in Portugal. This was a production location approach which eventually showed that this production location is able to pay its employees living wages (see link, page 10). Source
12. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy for the fabric manufacturing phases, including a reasonable overview of the number and region of workplaces covered by the policy in relation to the total production volume? Alchemist does not publicly report clear results of its policy measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers. Source
13. Are at least 50% of the fabric manufacturing phases - from spinning to final fabric - approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FLO-Cert, GOTS or SA8000? See remark for labor conditions policy question 12. Source