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Sustainability summary

Prénatal has achieved the E-label. This is our lowest possible sustainability score, and Prénatal has earned it by communicating nothing concrete about the policies for environment, carbon emissions or labor conditions in low-wages countries. For us as consumers, it is unclear whether Prénatal is committed to sustainability or not.

Brand owner: Prénatal Moeder en Kind BV
Head office: Amersfoort, The Netherlands
Sector: Baby and children clothing
Categories : Female, Kids, Baby
Free Tags: Bags, Pullover, Jackets, Jeans, Dress, Shoes

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Prénatal sustainability score report

Last edited: 28 March 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 28 March 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

0 out of 6
1. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its 'own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source
2. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source
3. 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 1. Source
4. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its supply chain that is 'beyond own operations? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source
5. Has the brand (owner) accomplished a reduction of this annual absolute climate footprint 'beyond own operations' compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Score-unknown   Source
6. Has the brand (owner) set a target to make at least its own operations fully climate neutral by 2030, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

0 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Prénatal has a product line of baby clothing from 100% organic cotton and a children's toys line of certified bamboo and wood. However, it's not clear what % of the total volume this represents. 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. Does the brand (company) have an environmental policy related to the ‘wet processes’ within the production cycle, like bleaching and dying of fabrics? Prénatal does not communicate any information on an environmental policy related to hazardous chemicals within the production cycle on its website. 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 (owner) report what percentage of its consumer packaging materials are renewable or made from recycled materials, and does the brand implement best practices or concrete policies which have reduced the environmental impact of their packaging materials? Prénatal mentions a policy to reduce the use of consumer plastic bags by only providing these bags for a small payment. However, the brand does not report on any results of this policy. Source
11. Does the brand (owner) publish its absolute waste materials footprint and implement concrete policies to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, thereby decreasing its waste footprint compared to the previous reporting year? Prénatal does not report on the annual results of its waste materials policy. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Prénatal does not communicate any information on a policy for returning or reusing garments. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

3 out of 16
1. Does the brand (owner) have a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) which includes all standards to ensure workers' rights such as no child labour, no bonded labour, a safe workplace and no excessive overwork? And is there at least a progress report once every two years on implementation of this Code of Conduct? Prénatal is a member of BSCI. For BSCI Code of Conduct, see link for questions 2&3 below. In this CoC, all these standards are mentioned. Source
2. Does the brand (owner) have a policy to make sure there is a proper grievance mechanism in place for factory workers and are at least 25% of workers informed about their rights regarding this mechanism (e.g. through training)? In BSCI CoC: 1. Yes, legally-binding employment relationships; 2. No, maximum workweek of 48 hours, but hours of overtime is not specified; 3. No, suppliers are encouraged but have no obligation to pay adequate compensation when minimum wages are not sufficient (see pages 4 - 8). Source
3. Does the brand (owner) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? In BSCI CoC: This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions (see page 4). Source
4. Is this supplier list specific? Are e.g. the addresses of direct suppliers included, and/or are the specific products mentioned per factory? Score-unknown   Source
5. Is the list of direct suppliers extended with suppliers further down the supply chain, with a minimum of 40% in number compared to the direct suppliers? Score-unknown   Source
6. Is the brand (owner) a member of a collective initiative that aims to improve labor conditions, in which civil society organizations like NGOs and labor unions have a decisive voice, or does the brand purchase at least 50% from certified manufacturers with improved labor conditions? Prénatal does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers on its website. Source
7. Does this initiative require clear minimum performance levels for member brands? Score-unknown   Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Prénatal is a member of the BSCI. Source
9. Is at least 50% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Independent civil society organizations do not have a decisive voice in BSCI. Source
10. Is at least 75% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Prénatal 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
11. Is at least 95% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Prénatal states that its manufacturers are audited periodically by companies like SGS, Intertek and TUV. However, Prénatal does not publicly report clear results of its policy measures to improve labor conditions at its manufacturers. Source
12. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy for the leather, yarn and fabric production 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. Does the brand (owner) publicly commit to a living wage benchmark with defined wages per production region or factory? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
14. Does the brand (owner) set a target to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? Prénatal does not provide tangible information about policy measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers. Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? Prénatal does not publicly report clear results of its policy measures to improve labour conditions at its fabric manufacturers. Source
16. Does the brand (owner) adhere to buying practices that enable living wages and good labour conditions, such as long-term relations with factories, and concentrating production at limited number of factories? See remark for labor conditions policy question 12. Source