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

Sustainability summary

Hessnatur has achieved the B-label. Hessnatur is one of the more sustainable fashion brands. However, there are some improvements to be made.

Brand owner: Hess Natur-Textilien GmbH
Head office: Butzbach, Germany
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Male, Female, Kids, Baby
Free Tags: hess natur, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Jeans, Dress, Shoes, Boots

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Hessnatur sustainability score report

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

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Hessnatur 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? hessnatur has only published its climate footprint for 2012, but not for previous and subsequent years (see link, page 48). Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? hessnatur reports, that the majority of the electricity used is supplied by Elektrizitätswerke Schönau (EWS). But, not the entire energy supply for electricity can be considered renewable (see link, page 48). 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? Hessnatur does not communicate up to date information on total target reductions for its climate footprint of own operations. 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)? Hessnatur does not communicate up to date results (not older than 2,5 years) on its policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

7 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? More than 75% of hessnatur's clothes are made of preferable raw materials like organic cotton and organic linen. In 2011/2012 44% of its entire collection was GOTS certified. More up to date figures are not specified however (see link, pages 68, 85). 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? Hessnatur is GOTS, respectively IVN certified. This means that during production high environmental standards are maintained for chemicals 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? Hessnatur reports that suspect chemical groups, such as that heavy metals, azo dyes and phthalates 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. 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? hessnatur implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its consumer packaging, such as the use of recycled paper materials for its shipping packaging. But, annual results of its consumer packaging policy are not published (see link, pages 50-51). 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? Hessnatur implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its generated waste. However, recent annual results (not older than 2,5 years) of its waste materials footprint are not published (see link, page 48-51, 80-81). Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Hessnatur does not clearly communicate whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is encouraged. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

9 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? In Hessnatur's Code of Conduct all these standards are mentioned (see link, page 17). 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? 1. Yes, legally-binding employment relationships; 2. Yes, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime (max 12 hours) is voluntary; 3. Yes, living wages shall be paid (see link, page 17). 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? This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions (see link, page 17). 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? Hessnatur specifies its production countries, but does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers (see link, page 20). 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? Hessnatur is a member of Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) (since 2005). 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? hessnatur 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? Hessnatur runs a pilot project in collaboration with a manufacturer in Macedonia to assess how productivity could be increased and how this increase could be transformed into higher wages. Respective results are not specified yet however (see link, page 7-8 & 55). 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? hessnatur has a publicly available audit report on the FWF website. In 2015, 96% of hessnatur's production volume was under monitoring on apparel manufacturer level (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? hessnatur's labour conditions policy for apparel manufacturers is rated with the 'Leader' status by FWF. Also, 47% of hessnatur's production volume is made in low risk countries in terms of weak labour conditions (see link, page 12 & 29). 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 9. 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? Hessnatur implements measures to achieve living wage payments at its apparel manufacturers. Also, Hessnatur reports on concrete results: in Bulgaria wage payments are realized which can be considered living wage payments (see link, page 40). 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? hessnatur does not report clear results of its 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 hessnatur's fabric manufacturers is verified as compliant against the standards from eligible third parties or certification schemes, such as SA8000 or GOTS. Source