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First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 6 out of 31

Sustainability summary

Qnoop has achieved the D-label. This performance shows that Qnoop has started to take sustainability into account, but that a lot more needs to be done. Qnoop shows some first steps to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, its collection is for a large part made from environmentally prefered materials. Apart from that, Qnoop has to improve and/or be more clear on its targets and results.

Brand owner: Qnoop
Head office: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sector: Lingerie & underwear
Categories : Male, Female
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Qnoop sustainability score report

Last edited: 3 May 2017 by Ype
Last reviewed: 3 May 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? Qnoop implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as processing environmentally preferable raw materials almost exclusively. 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? Qnoop 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? Qnoop 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? Qnoop mentions it has a target to reduce its 'footprint' by 'being smarter and more innovative', but does not specify this any further with regard to climate protection. 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)? Qnoop does not communicate a policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

5 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Qnoop's entire collection is almost exclusively made from environmentally preferred fibres such as organic and recycled cotton fibres and paper waste. But, the overall proportion of environmentally preferred raw materials is not clearly communicated. However, its socks generally consist of 80% organic cotton, 17% polyamide and 3% elastane. 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? Qnoop only generally refers to Oeko-tex standard. This standard is not eligible for this question since it does not cover criteria to chemical use during the production stages. 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? Qnoop states to use recycled cardboard for its consumer packaging. However, Qnoop does not report on aggregate, annual results of its consumer packaging materials footprint. 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? Qnoop mentions it is active in waste separation and recycling. However, annual results of its waste reduction policy are not specified. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Qnoop does not report whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is encouraged. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 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? Qnoop communicates it produces in Portugal to guarantee true European craftsmanship and quality, but does not communicate any information on a labor conditions policy. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? Qnoop produces its clothing entirely in Portugal, 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? Qnoop does not communicate any information about being part of a collective initiative or purchasing from an accredited supplier. 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? Qnoop 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? Qnoop does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its supplying factories. 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? Qnoop 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? Qnoop does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 12. Source