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Miss Green
Well on the way Click here for score rapport: 19 out of 34

Sustainability summary

Miss Green has achieved the B-label. Miss Green is one of the more sustainable fashion brands, with the use of environmentally preferred materials such as organic cotton. However, there are some improvements to be made, such as providing living wages in their factories.

Brand owner: Miss Green
Head office: Haarlem, The Netherlands
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Female
Free Tags: Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Dress

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Miss Green sustainability score report

Last edited: 16 April 2019 by Niels
Last reviewed: 16 April 2019 by Niels

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 6
1. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its 'own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Miss Green 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
2. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Miss Green mentions to use renewable energy, supplied by Qurrent, which is rated among the greenest energy suppliers in the Netherlands. Source
3. 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 2. Source
4. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its supply chain that is 'beyond own operations? Miss Green has not published a carbon footprint of the supply chain. Source
5. Has the brand (owner) accomplished a reduction of this annual absolute climate footprint 'beyond own operations' compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Miss Green does not communicate a comprehensive policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations. Source
6. Has the brand (owner) set a target to make at least its own operations fully climate neutral by 2030, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? Miss Green has not published such a target. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

10 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Miss Green uses more sustainable raw materials, such as organic cotton or Tencel. Thereby a preferred raw materials use of more than 90% is communicated. 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 Miss Green's clothing is GOTS certified. This means that during production high environmental standards maintained for chemical and water use. This certification is applicable to the majority 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? With the GOTS certification that applies to the full production chain, these chemicals can be considered as banned. 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 (owner) report what percentage of its consumer packaging materials are renewable or made from recycled materials, and does the brand implement best practices or concrete policies which have reduced the environmental impact of their packaging materials? Miss Green communicates to use FSC certified cardboard for its consumer packaging. Also the manufacturers uses recycled carton. The use of PE bags has been eliminated. Source
11. Does the brand (owner) publish its absolute waste materials footprint and implement concrete policies to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, thereby decreasing its waste footprint compared to the previous reporting year? Miss Green does not report on the annual results of its waste reduction policy. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Miss Green does not report whether or not it has in place any kind of concept to stimulate the re-use or return of garments by its customers. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

7 out of 16
1. Does the brand (owner) have a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) which includes all standards to ensure workers' rights such as no child labour, no bonded labour, a safe workplace and no excessive overwork? And is there at least a progress report once every two years on implementation of this Code of Conduct? Miss Green follows the GOTS labor conditions standards. For GOTS labor conditions standards, see link for labour conditions questions 2&3 below. In GOTS labor conditions standards all these standards are mentioned. Source
2. Does the brand (owner) have a policy to make sure there is a proper grievance mechanism in place for factory workers and are at least 25% of workers informed about their rights regarding this mechanism (e.g. through training)? De production for Miss Green takes place in Turkey and Sri Lanka. The applicable certifications such as GOTS do not provide for a reliable complaint mechanism. Source
3. Does the brand (owner) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Miss Green mentions the manufacturers by product type. Miss Green also provides a list of the fabric suppliers. Source
4. Is this supplier list specific? Are e.g. the addresses of direct suppliers included, and/or are the specific products mentioned per factory? See remark for labor conditions policy question 3. Source
5. Is the list of direct suppliers extended with suppliers further down the supply chain, with a minimum of 40% in number compared to the direct suppliers? See remark for labor conditions policy question 3. Source
6. Is the brand (owner) a member of a collective initiative that aims to improve labor conditions, in which civil society organizations like NGOs and labor unions have a decisive voice, or does the brand purchase at least 50% from certified manufacturers with improved labor conditions? 95% of Miss Green production sites is GOTS certified. Source
7. Does this initiative require clear minimum performance levels for member brands? GOTS certification requires a clear performance level for social standards. Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? GOTS has not published the verification protocol for audits. It is therefore not clear if the verification of social standards is sufficiently strong. Source
9. Is at least 50% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
10. Is at least 75% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
11. Is at least 95% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? 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 leather, yarn and fabric production phases, including a reasonable overview of the number and region of workplaces covered by the policy in relation to the total production volume? The production chain of Miss Green is GOTS certified, which means that also social standards apply. This certification is sufficient to this question. Source
13. Does the brand (owner) publicly commit to a living wage benchmark with defined wages per production region or factory? Miss Green and GOTS do not provide concrete policies to take care of living wages. Source
14. Does the brand (owner) set a target to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? Miss Green does not provide concrete information about implemented measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers. Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? See remark for labor conditions policy question 14. Source
16. Does the brand (owner) adhere to buying practices that enable living wages and good labour conditions, such as long-term relations with factories, and concentrating production at limited number of factories? See remark for labor conditions policy question 14. Source