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Knowledge Cotton Apparel & sustainability


Knowledge Cotton Apparel
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 11 out of 31

Sustainability summary

Knowledge Cotton Apparel heeft het C-label behaald. Knowledge Cotton Apparel is volgens ons daarmee redelijk op weg, maar het kan nog beter.

Brand owner: Knowledge Cotton Apparel
Head office: Herning, Denmark
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: KCA, Shirts, Jeans, Bags, Jackets

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Knowledge Cotton Apparel 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? Knowledge Cotton Apparel (KCA) implements several measures to reduce its climate impact, such as running a carbon neutral website. 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? KCA 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? KCA 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? KCA mentions 2020 goals, but does not communicate any information on target reductions for its actual 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)? KCA does not communicate a clear policy to reduce the climate emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

7 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? KCA's collection is made from environmentally preferred fibres such as organic cotton or recycled PET, but it is not clear what percentage of the total annual volume this represents. A share higher than 75% can be considered certain however (see also source at next question). 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? KCA'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 some of the entire collection. 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? KCA reports to make use of non-harmful dyestuff only, which excludes the use of Azo dyes. But, whether other suspect chemical groups, such as Phthalates or Perfluorinated chemicals can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production chain isn't specified. 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? KCA 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? KCA does not communicate any information about its waste reduction policies. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? KCA does not communicate whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is encouraged. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

3 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? KCA does not communicate any information on a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC). 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? KCA does not provide a significant 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? Though not clearly communicated it is reasonable to assume, that KCA's clothing production is certified according to GOTS for more than 25%. GOTS is acknowledged as a certification scheme that meets this criteria. 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? KCA does not report 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? KCA does not publicly report clear results of implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its apparel manufacturers. Also it is not specified, whether its entire clothing is certified according to GOTS. 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 5. 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 labour conditions policy question 5. However, KCA does not specify whether the majority of its clothing production is certified according to GOTS, or is produced in low risk countries. 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? KCA does not provide concrete information about implemented measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers. 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? KCA does not publicly report clear results of implemented 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? It remains unclear whether at least 50% of the production volume of KCA's fabric manufacturing is verified as compliant against the standards from eligible third parties or certification schemes, such as GOTS. Source