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Continental Clothing & sustainability


Continental Clothing
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 11 out of 34

Sustainability summary

Continental Clothing has achieved the C-label. Continental Clothing is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed. In the environmental policy section Continental Clothing received first points for the use of environmental friendly materials. Furthermore, Continental Clothing is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation and is actively involved in improving the conditions of the workers in the factory.

Brand owner: Continental Clothing Company Ltd.
Head office: London, United Kingdom
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Bags, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets

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Continental Clothing sustainability score report

Last edited: 18 April 2019 by Niels
Last reviewed: 24 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? Continental Clothing does not publish its annual, total climate footprint of last years. So it is not clear if the policy measures actually helped to reduce the total annual greenhouse gas emissions. Source
2. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Continental Clothing reports on the use of renewable energy generated by wind power, but is not clear about the total percentage and sources of supply. 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? Continental Clothing does not communicate information on total target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions. 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? Continental Clothing has developed a product climate footprint methodology and labelling at its EarthPositive® products. This process includes several measures to reduce climate emissions within the supply chain too. However, Continental Clothing does not communicate up to date results on its policy. 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? Continental Clothing uses preferable raw materials for its collections, but does not specify the percentage share for its 'Continental Clothing' collection. 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? Continental Clothing is GOTS certified. This means that during production high environmental standards maintained for chemical and water use. This certification is applicable to a part of its entire collections. 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? Continental Clothing does not report whether at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or Perfluorinated chemicals can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production chain. 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? Continental Clothing does not report on the annual results of its packaging policy for shipping packaging. 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? Continental Clothing does not communicate any information about its waste reduction policies. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Continental Clothing is a B2B (business-to-business) brand only, but does not sell to the public. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

9 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? Continental Clothing is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). For FWF Labour Standards, see link questions 2&3 below. In the Labour Standards all these standards are mentioned (standards 1,2,3,7). 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 FWF Labour Standards: 1. Yes, legally-binding employment relationships; 2. Yes, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime is voluntary; 3. Yes, commitment to implement payment of living wages (see link, standards 5,6,8). 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 FWF Labour Standards this right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions. 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? Continental Clothing does not provide a list of direct suppliers. Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Continental Clothing is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. Source
9. Is at least 50% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Continental Clothing is a member of FWF, which means that Labour Unions and/or business-independent NGO’s have a formal and co-decisive voice within the initiative and are co-responsible for the integrity and credibility of the initiative. Source
10. Is at least 75% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Continental Clothing doesn't 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? Continental Clothing has a publicly available audit report on the FWF website. In 2015, 91% of Continental Clothing's production volume was under monitoring on apparel manufacturer level (see link, page 3). 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? Continental Clothing's labour conditions policy for apparel manufacturers is rated with the 'Leader' status by 'Fair Wear Foundation' (FWF) (see link, page 3). 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? Continental Clothing's measures to achieve living wage payments at its apparel manufacturers are rated with the 'Advanced approach' status by FWF (see link, page 9). Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? Continental Clothing controls the spinning process of almost 70% of all the yarns used in production. But, Continental Clothing does not specify where its factories and its supplying fabric manufactures are located. Also it is not specified, whether respective production processes are in accordance to GOTS. 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