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armedangels
Well on the way Click here for score rapport: 21 out of 34

Sustainability summary

armedangels has achieved the B-label. According to our criteria, armedangels is one of the more sustainable fashion brands. armedangels mainly uses environmentally preferred materials such as organic cotton. 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, and policies to reduce greenhouse emissions.

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: 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? Armedangels does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years. The company has neither published concrete plans to further reduce carbon 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? Armedangels gets all its electricity generated from renewable sources by Greenpeace Energy. 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 3. Source
4. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its supply chain that is 'beyond own operations? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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 (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? armedangels does not communicate any information about its consumer packaging reduction policies. 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? 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

11 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? armedangels is member of the Fair Wear Foundation. This foundation reports yearly about armedangels' perfomance to improve labour conditions. 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)? According to performance indicator 3.3, Armedangels shows that 71% of audited production locations have at least 50% of workers informed about the complaint procedure. 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? Armedangels has not published a supplier list. 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? Armedangels is member of the Fair Wear Foundation, where NGO's have a co decisive vote. The Fair Wear Foundation also requires clear performance levels for their members. Source
7. Does this initiative require clear minimum performance levels for member brands? See remark for labor conditions policy question 6. Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? According to the Fair Wear Foundation, 99% of Armedangels production is verified and monitored to labour conditions standards. 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? Armedangels mentions that all suppliers are GOTS certified. This certification also covers labour conditions. Source
13. Does the brand (owner) publicly commit to a living wage benchmark with defined wages per production region or factory? From the Performance Check 2018 report, it is not clear to what living wage benchmarks Armedangel has committed itself to. 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? For the high and medium risk production countries such as China, India, Turkey, armedangels does not communicate a clear plan to provide for living wages. Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? 49% of the production of Armedangels takes place in low risk countries, here Portugal. In these low risk countries, living wages are provided for by law. 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? Armedangels complies in several ways to this criterium. For example, the percentage of production volume from locations where company buys at least 10% of production capacity, is well over 70%. Source