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Continental Clothing & sustainability


Continental Clothing
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 12 out of 31

Sustainability summary

Continental Clothing has achieved the C-label. Continental Clothing is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed. In the environmental policy section Continental Clothing received first points for the use of environmental friendly materials. Furthermore, Continental Clothing is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation and is actively involved in improving the conditions of the workers in the factory.

Brand owner: Continental Clothing Company Ltd.
Head office: London, United Kingdom
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Bags, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets

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Continental Clothing sustainability score report

Last edited: 24 April 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 24 April 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Continental Clothing implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as developing a product carbon footprint methodology and labelling the carbon footprint of its products. 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? Continental Clothing does not publish its annual, total climate footprint of last years. So it is not clear if the policy 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? Continental Clothing reports on the use of renewable energy generated by wind power, but is not clear about the total percentage and sources of supply. 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? Continental Clothing does not communicate information on total target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions. 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)? Continental Clothing has developed a product climate footprint methodology and labelling at its EarthPositive® products. This process includes several measures to reduce climate emissions within the supply chain too. However, Continental Clothing does not communicate up to date results on its policy. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Continental Clothing uses preferable raw materials for its collections, but does not specify the percentage share for its 'Continental Clothing' collection. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. 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? Continental Clothing is GOTS certified. This means that during production high environmental standards maintained for chemical and water use. This certification is applicable to a part of its entire collections. 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? Continental Clothing does not report whether at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or Perfluorinated chemicals can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production chain. 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? Continental Clothing does not report on the annual results of its packaging policy for shipping packaging. 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? Continental Clothing does not communicate any information about its waste reduction policies. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Continental Clothing is a B2B (business-to-business) brand only, but does not sell to the public. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

9 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? Continental Clothing is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). For FWF Labour Standards, see link questions 2&3 below. In the Labour Standards all these standards are mentioned (standards 1,2,3,7). 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? Continental Clothing does not provide a list of 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? Continental Clothing is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. 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? Continental Clothing is a member of FWF, which means that Labour Unions and/or business-independent NGO’s have a formal and co-decisive voice within the initiative and are co-responsible for the integrity and credibility of the initiative. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Continental Clothing doesn't report whether policy 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? Continental Clothing has a publicly available audit report on the FWF website. In 2015, 91% of Continental Clothing'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? Continental Clothing's labour conditions policy for apparel manufacturers is rated with the 'Leader' status by 'Fair Wear Foundation' (FWF) (see link, page 3). 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? Continental Clothing's measures to achieve living wage payments at its apparel manufacturers are rated with the 'Advanced approach' status by FWF (see link, page 9). 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? Continental Clothing controls the spinning process of almost 70% of all the yarns used in production. But, Continental Clothing does not specify where its factories and its supplying fabric manufactures are located. Also it is not specified, whether respective production processes are in accordance to GOTS. 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