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Black Milk
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 10 out of 31

Sustainability summary

Black Milk Clothing has achieved the D-label. According to us, Black Milk Clothing is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement and / or transparency concerning climate and environmental protection is needed.

Brand owner: Black Milk Clothing Pty Ltd
Head office: Brisbane, Australia
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Tops, Shirts, Suits, Jackets, Leggings, Shorts, Dress, Skirt, Shoes, Boots

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Black Milk sustainability score report

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

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

0 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Black Milk does not openly communicate a policy to reduce carbon emissions, if indeed the brand has one. Sustainability information should be easily accessible to enable consumers to make more responsible choices. 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? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source
3. 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
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 1. 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? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. 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)? 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? Black Milk is largely made from synthetic fibers such as Nylon, Polyester or Elastane, but does not communicate any information on an environmental policy on its website. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. 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? Black Milk produces its products in Australia, but does not communicate any information on an environmental policy related to the ‘wet processes’ within the production cycle. 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 (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? Black Milk 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? Black Milk does not communicate any information about its waste reduction policies. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Black Milk 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? Black Milk sews its clothing in Brisbane, Australia, which is a low risk country / are low risk countries in terms of weak labour conditions (see also source, at next question). 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? Black Milk Clothing sews its clothing in Australia, but is not clear about the manufacturing facility in specific. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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 1. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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 1. 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 1. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? Black Milk doesn't publicly report clear results of its policy measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers, and where its fabric manufacturers are located. 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