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Well on the way Click here for score rapport: 21 out of 31

Sustainability summary

armedangels has achieved the B-label. According to our criteria, armedangels is one of the more sustainable fashion brands. armedangels mainly uses more sustainable materials. Furthermore, its entire collection is GOTS certified. The brand is also a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), which shows it is taking the improvement of labour conditions in low wage countries seriously. There are some improvements to be made, such as publishing its packaging and waste material footprints.

Brand owner: Social Fashion Company GmbH
Head office: Köln, Germany
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: armed angels, Bags, Shirts, Pullover, Dress

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Armedangels sustainability score report

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

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

3 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Armedangels implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as using electricity from renewable sources. 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? armedangels does not publish the annual climate footprint 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? Armedangels gets all its electricity generated from renewable sources by Greenpeace Energy. 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? armedangels does not 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)? armedangels 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

8 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? armedangels uses organic cotton, organic linen, lyocell, modal fibre, recycled polyester and organic wool for its collection, and communicates that the nearly the entire production process is certified according to GOTS. It implies that products are certified which contain a minimum of 70%, respectively 95% organic fibres. 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 protection policy 1. It remains unclear, whether more than 90% of armedangels' raw materials are made of preferable raw materials such as organic cotton, organic linen, lyocell or recycled polyester. 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? armedangels' 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 most 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? armedangels' collection is certified according to GOTS, respectively is produced according to its standards with regard to chemical use. This means that more than one chemical group, such as heavy metals, is successfully eliminated from 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. 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? armedangels 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? armedangels does not communicate any information about its waste reduction policies. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? armedangels does not report whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is encouraged. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

10 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? armedangels 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? armedangels 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? armedangels is a member of FWF. Also, armendangels collection is certified according to GOTS. 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? GOTS and FWF are acknowledged as certification schemes, respectively organizations which meet this criterion. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? armedangels does not clearly 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? Almost armedangels' entire' production process is in accordance to GOTS. This implies regular reviews of the labour conditions (see link, page 12). 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? According to FWF addressing living wages was on armedangels' agenda in 2016. If payment of first living wages are realized in the meantime remains unclear however (see link, page 10). 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. 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 8. Source