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Freitag
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 8 out of 31

Sustainability summary

Freitag has achieved the D-label. According to us, Freitag is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed. The brand scores most of its point because of the use of more sustainable raw materials. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Freitag lab. ag
Head office: Zurich, Switzerland
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Bags, Shirts, Pullover, Dress, Pants

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Freitag 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? FREITAG implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as energy efficiency measures and the use of renewable energy. 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? FREITAG does not publish its annual climate footprint of its own operations of last years. Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? FREITAG states to pay a premium for hydro and solar electricity. However it is not clear whether this makes up at least 50% of the electricity used. 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? FREITAG does not communicate any information on target reductions for its climate footprint of own operations. 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)? FREITAG does not communicate a policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

5 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? FREITAG mainly uses recycled materials, such as, truck tarpaulins, seat belts, bicycle inner tubes for its “fundamental” and “reference” products (bags and accessories), which certainly represent the majority of its production volume. But, for its 'F-ABRIC' collection conventional linen, hemp and modal is used (see also sources at next questions). 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? FREITAG implements several measures to avoid the use of hazardous chemicals. Also, the processing of its recycled bag materials takes place in Switzerland, which is a low risk country concerning hazardous wet processes within the production cycle, like bleaching and dying of fabrics. 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? FREITAG does not report whether at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or azo dyes 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? FREITAG does not communicate any information about its consumer packaging reduction policies. 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? FREITAG produces products by recycling waste. However, concrete aggregate results regarding its waste materials footprint are not made public. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? FREITAG does not report whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is encouraged. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

2 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? FREITAG produces, next to Switzerland, in countries like Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France, Portugal and Tunesia. Information on a labor conditions policy are not clearly specified however. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? FREITAG does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. However, its reported that its products are made in Switzerland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France, Portugal and Tunesia. 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? FREITAG does not communicate any information about being part of a collective initiative or purchasing from an accredited supplier. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 5. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? FREITAG does not report whether measures at its supplying production facilities are implemented to achieve improved labor 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? FREITAG does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its apparel manufacturers. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. 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 8. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. 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? The processing of FREITAG's recycled bag materials takes place in Switzerland, which is a low risk country concerning labor conditions. The processing of linen, hemp and modal takes place in Italy. 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