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Well on the way Click here for score rapport: 19 out of 31

Sustainability summary

bleed has achieved the B-label. According to our criteria, bleed is one of the more sustainable fashion brands. bleed mainly uses more sustainable materials. Furthermore, its entire collection is GOTS certified. However, there are some improvements to be made, such as publishing its packaging and waste material footprints. Also with regard to climate protection, more points can be earned.

Brand owner: bleed clothing GmbH
Head office: Helmbrechts, Germany
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Bags, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Jeans

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Bleed 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? bleed implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, for instance with respect to its logistics. 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? bleed 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? bleed 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? bleed 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)? bleed 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

8 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? bleed uses organic cotton, organic linen, hemp, Tencel, recycled polyester, modal fibre, elastane and cork for its collection, and states that the whole 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 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? bleed's collection is certified according to GOTS and bluesign. This means that more than one chemical group has been successfully eliminated from the production of all its garments. 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? See remark for environmental policy question 7. 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 7. 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? bleed 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? bleed does not communicate any information about its waste reduction policies. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? bleed 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? bleed 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 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 GOTS labour conditions standards: 1. Yes, legally-binding employment relationships; 2. Yes, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime (max 12 hours) is voluntary; 3. Yes, commitment to implement payment of living wages. 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 GOTS labour conditions 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? bleed 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? bleed's 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? 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? bleed 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? bleed's entire production is GOTS certified. This implies regular reviews of the labour conditions. 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? bleed does not provide concrete information whether living wage payments are realized 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? 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