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WE Fashion & sustainability


WE Fashion
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 11 out of 36

Sustainability summary

Based on our sustainability criteria, WE Fashion has achieved the D-label. WE Fashion earned most points in the area of labor conditions. Reported achievements with regard to ecology and climate are limited.

Brand owner: Logo International BV
Head office: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Sector: Retailers
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Logo International, Bags, Caps, Pullover, Shirts, Suits, Jackets, Jeans, Dress, Shoes, Blue Ridge

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WE Fashion sustainability score report

Last edited: 15 October 2017 by Beppie
Last reviewed: 16 July 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 7
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? WE Fashion implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as using renewable energy for its own operations (see link, page 42-44). 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? WE Fashion publicly reports its own operations climate footprint. In 2015, it had a total footprint of 11.416 metric tons of CO2e. However, a climate footprint of previous years within scope of last five years is not made public (see link, page 30). Source
3. Is the efficiency of greenhouse gas emissions below 200 kg CO2-eq per square meter shopping floor per year? WE Fashion reports a greenhouse gas emissions efficiency level of 62 kg CO2 per m2 shopping floor for 2015 (see link, page 22). Source
4. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? WE Fashion communicates the use of renewable energy (100% in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and France), but is not clear enough about the overall share of renewable energy consumption, as well as sources, types and additionality of renewable energy supply (see link, page 43 as well as link at next question, page 11). Source
5. Does 100% of the electricity that the brand (company) uses for its ‘own operations’ come from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
6. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? WE Fashion does not communicate concrete target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions of own operations (see link, page 42-44). Source
7. 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)? WE Fashion participates in the 'Cleaner Production Project'. With this project, more than 5000t of CO2 emissions were saved in one year. However, up to date results (after 2013/14) are not clearly communicated (see link, page 26). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

3 out of 15
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? WE Fashion's collection is made from environmentally preferred fibres such as recycled polyester, organic hemp, Better Cotton, Tencel, but it is not clear what percentage of the total annual volume this represents. A share higher than 10% can be considered certain however. 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? WE Fashion implements several measures to limit the use of hazardous chemicals, but does not report concrete results of its policy (see link, page 33-34). 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? WE Fashion does not report whether at least 1 out of 11 suspect chemical groups, such as Phthalates or BFRs can be considered as fully phased-out in the global supply chain already. 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 a clear and effective policy to minimize environmental pollution of chromium and other harmful substances from leather tanning processes, e.g. by waste water treatment or by vegetable tanning? WE Fashion reports a policy to limit the environmental pollution caused by Chromium, but the brand does not describe clear results of its measures implemented. The brand is therefore not clear about the scale and impact of this policy. Source
11. Does the brand (company) have a clear target to phase out PVC in their products, and has the brand already achieved a PVC phase out level of more than 90%? WE Fashion clearly reports that according to its List of Restricted Chemicals, the use of PVC is not allowed for all its products (see link, page 4). Source
12. Has the brand (company) a clear and effective policy to minimize the use of solvents based chemicals in their shoe production, and has the brand already achieved a level of average max. 40 grams of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions per pair of shoes? WE Fashion implements measures to replace and reduce solvent based chemicals (VOC) in their production. However, whether a level of average max. 30 grams per pair of shoes is realized is not specified. Source
13. 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? WE Fashion does not report on the annual results of its consumer packaging policy. Source
14. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? WE Fashion does not report on the annual results of its waste reduction policy. Source
15. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? WE Fashion runs initiatives to collect worn-out textiles from its customers. However, asides passing on to its partner 'Sam's Kledingactie' for donations no other clear measures to extent the products lifecycle are communicated. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

6 out of 14
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? All standards are mentioned in WE Fashion's Code of Conduct (CoC) (see link, page 2-4). 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; Yes: maximum working week is 48 hours and overtime (max 12 hours) is voluntary; 3. No, suppliers are encouraged but have no obligation to pay adequate compensation when minimum wages are not sufficient (see link, page 2-4). 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 2). Source
4. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective health and safety policy for the workers in the finishing process of jeans, at least covering the ban on sandblasting? WE Fashion has publicly announced a ban on sandblasting (see link, page 6). Source
5. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? WE Fashion does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source
6. 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? WE Fashion is a member of BSCI, and collaborates with Made-By. Source
7. Do independent civil society organizations like NGO's and labor unions have a decisive voice in this collective initiative or in these certification schemes? Made-By is acknowledged as a ‘Multi Stakeholder Initiative’ (MSI). Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? WE Fashion does not provide concrete information on capacity building measures at its supplying production facilities for improved labour practices. Source
9. 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? WE Fashion reports that by 2015 around 99% of its production volume was under monitoring. WE Fashion gives an overview of the production countries and general audit results. However, the provided information about audit results are not comprehensive enough (see link, page 14-24). Source
10. 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? In 2015, around 99% of WE Fashion's supplying factories were either located in low risk countries (14,6%) and / or were audited (85%). However, it remains unclear whether at least 25% of the production volume can be considered as compliant against the standards from eligible third parties or certification schemes (see link, page 15-16). Source
11. 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 10. Source
12. 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? WE Fashion implements measures to establish the payment of living wages at its supplying factories, and communicates that respective were accomplished in 2014 at its supplying factories in Thailand and Mauritius, according to SA8000 calculation. But, more recent figures are not published, and independent verification remains uncertain (see link, page 22-25). Source
13. 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? WE Fashion expanded its social suppliers management to lower levels in the supply chain, but does not yet publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers (see link, page 19). Source
14. 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 13. Source