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Minga Berlin & sustainability


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

Sustainability summary

Minga Berlin has achieved the B label. With this label, Minga Berlin is one of the more sustainable lingerie and underwear brands. The brand receives points for having started to reduce carbon emissions, using between 70 and 80% organic cotton, and for having a GOTS certification for its whole production. Minga Berlin could gain more points by being more open about its emissions, implementation of packaging and waste policies, and implementation of a policy on living wages for the labourers making the clothes.

Brand owner: MINGA BERLIN Apparel GmbH & Co. KG
Head office: Berlin, Germany
Sector: Lingerie & underwear
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Socks

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Minga Berlin sustainability score report

Last edited: 31 March 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 31 March 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? Minga Berlin implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as shipping its products CO2 neutral via DHL GoGreen. 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? Minga Berlin does not publish the annual 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? Minga Berlin 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? Minga Berlin does not communicate up to date target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions 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)? Minga Berlin 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? Minga Berlin states that the whole production process is certified according to Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). It implies that products are certified which contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres. All socks of Minga Berlin contain at least 80% of organic cotton. 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? Minga Berlin's entire production is GOTS certified. This means that during production high environmental standards are maintained for chemical and water use. 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. Heeft het merk (bedrijf) een duidelijke doelstelling om de milieu-invloed van de verpakking voor verzendingen en draagtassen te minimaliseren, via reductie, hergebruik, recyclen en verantwoorde inkoop, en rapporteert het merk de resultaten hiervan jaarlijks? Minga Berlin communicates to use only recyclable paper boxes and biodegradable plastic bags and sends its products CO2-neutral in all countries of the world via DHL GoGreen. However, it does not report on the annual results of its consumer packaging policy. 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? Minga Berlin communicates, that it uses recyclable paper boxes and biodegradable plastic bags but does not give any information about its waste reduction policies. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Minga Berlin 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? Minga Berlin products are GOTS certified. In GOTS labor conditions standards all these standards are mentioned.For GOTS labor conditions standards, see link for question 2 & 3 below. 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 labor 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 labor 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? Minga Berlin produces in Turkey, but 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? Minga Berlin's entire production is GOTS certified. 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 is acknowledged as a certification scheme that meets this criteria. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Minga Berlin does not report whether policy 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? Minga Berlin'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? Minga Berlin's entire production is in accordance to GOTS. 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? Minga Berlin does not provide concrete information about implemented measures to establish the payment of living wages 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? Minga Berlin reports that all of its fabric manufacturing is certified according to GOTS. 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 12. Source