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

Sustainability summary

Waschbär heeft het B-label behaald. Waschbär behoort volgens ons daarmee tot de duurzamere modemerken. Er zijn echter nog verbeterpunten.

Brand owner: Triaz Group GmbH
Head office: Freiburg, Germany
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Male, Female, Kids, Baby
Free Tags: Triaz Group, Enna, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Dress

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Waschbär sustainability score report

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

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

4 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Waschbär implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as using electricity from renewable sources and climate friendly mail-order. 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? Waschbär does not publish an up to date annual climate footprint of last years, but reports that is has reduced its CO2 emissions to net zero in accordance with 'The CarbonNeutral Protocol'. Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Waschbär gets all its electricity generated from renewable sources by Naturstrom. 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? Neither Triaz (brand owner) nor Waschbär communicate any information on 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)? Waschbär does not communicate a policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

6 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Waschbär uses organic: cotton, linen, silk and wool for its collection. Thereby, the share of organic cotton and organic linen was at 55% in 2014. More recent figures are not published. A share higher than 50% can be considered certain however. 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? Waschbär 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 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? Waschbär reports that heavy metals and azo dyes 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. However, whether at least 3 suspect chemical groups are not used is not clear enough specified. 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? Waschbär implements measures to reduce the environmental impact its shipping material footprint. But, concrete aggregate results regarding consumer packaging materials footprint are not made public. 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? Waschbär doesn't communicate any results concerning its waste reduction policies. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Waschbär doesn't report whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is encouraged. 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? Triaz Group (brand owner) is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). For FWF Labour Standards, see link for labour conditions 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? Triaz Group doesn't provide a significant list of direct suppliers, but production countries only (see link, page 4). 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? Triaz Group 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? Triaz Group is a member of FWF, which means that Labor 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? Triaz Group 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? Triaz Group has a publicly available audit report on the FWF website. In 2015 92% of Triaz Group'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? Triaz Group'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 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? According to FWF living wage payments are addressed. If payment of first living wages are realized in the meantime remains unclear however (see link, page 10, and link at next question, page 12-16). 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? Triaz Group does not publicly report clear results of implemented measures to improve labour 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 Triaz Group's, respectively Waschbär's fabric manufacturers is verified as compliant against the standards from eligible third parties or certification schemes, such as SA8000 or GOTS. Source