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Claire & sustainability


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Sustainability summary

Claire has achieved the D-label. The brand has started to take sustainability into account, mostly because of its membership of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). The brand also got a point for its efforts towards reducing its carbon footprint, such as recycling and reusing materials whenever possible and handling harmful waste in an environmentally friendly manner. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Claire Group A/S
Head office: Ikast, Denmark
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Female
Free Tags: Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Jeans, Dress

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Claire sustainability score report

Last edited: 16 April 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 16 April 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? Claire Group 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 (see link, page 16-17). Source
2. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Claire Group does not communicate its renewable energy policy. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. 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 3. Source
4. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its supply chain that is 'beyond own operations? Claire Group does not communicate information on total target reductions for its climate footprint of own operations. 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? Claire Group does not communicate a policy to reduce the climate emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations. 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? Score-unknown   Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? With the exception regarding raw materials from animals Claire Group is not explicit about other materials. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices (see link, page 32-33). 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? Claire's clothing is GOTS certified. This means that during production high environmental standards maintained for chemical and water use. This certification is applicable to some of the entire collection (see link, page 12). 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? Claire Group does not report whether at least one suspect chemical group, can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production. 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 (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? Claire Group does not report on the annual results of its consumer packaging policy (see link, page 16-17). 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? Claire Group reports its annual headquarter waste footprint and has reduced the waste from 12,960 kg in 2014 to 11,936 kg in 2015 (see link, page 16). Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Claire Group does not publish information whether it stimulates the return or reuse of 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? Claire Group is a member of Business Social Compliance Initiative (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)? Score-unknown   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: 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, link pages 4 - 8). 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? In BSCI CoC: This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions (see link, page 4). 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? Score-unknown   Source
7. Does this initiative require clear minimum performance levels for member brands? Claire Group states that 90% of its production comes from the high risk countries China and India (page 2 and 10), but does not provide a significant published list of direct suppliers on its website. Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Claire Group is a member of 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? Claire Group does not clearly 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
11. Is at least 95% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Claire Group publishes an overview of the auditing process. But, it remains unclear whether at least 90% of its production volume were monitored in 2015. In addition, Claire Group does not clearly and comprehensively specify results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its supplying factories (see link, page 16-17). 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? Claire Group does not clearly inform which percentage of the production volume by suppliers is certified by SA8000. 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 9. 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? Claire Group does not inform about the implementation of a policy to establish the payment of living wages. Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? Claire Group does not inform on the results of the labour conditions policies 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