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Freitag
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 7 out of 34

Sustainability summary

Freitag has achieved the D-label. According to us, Freitag is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed. The brand scores most of its point because of the use of more sustainable raw materials. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Freitag lab. ag
Head office: Zurich, Switzerland
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Bags, Shirts, Pullover, Dress, Pants

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Freitag 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. 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? FREITAG does not publish its annual climate footprint of its own operations of last years. Source
2. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? FREITAG states to pay a premium for hydro and solar electricity. However it is not clear whether this makes up at least 50% of the electricity used. 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? FREITAG does not communicate any information on 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? FREITAG does not communicate a policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the production 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

5 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? FREITAG mainly uses recycled materials, such as, truck tarpaulins, seat belts, bicycle inner tubes for its “fundamental” and “reference” products (bags and accessories), which certainly represent the majority of its production volume. But, for its 'F-ABRIC' collection conventional linen, hemp and modal is used (see also sources at next questions). 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? FREITAG implements several measures to avoid the use of hazardous chemicals. Also, the processing of its recycled bag materials takes place in Switzerland, which is a low risk country concerning hazardous wet processes within the production cycle, like bleaching and dying of fabrics. 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? FREITAG does not report whether at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or azo dyes 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? FREITAG does not communicate any information about its consumer packaging reduction policies. 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? FREITAG produces products by recycling waste. However, concrete aggregate results regarding its waste materials footprint are not made public. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? FREITAG does not report whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is encouraged. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

2 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? FREITAG produces, next to Switzerland, in countries like Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France, Portugal and Tunesia. Information on a labor conditions policy are not clearly specified however. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? FREITAG does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. However, its reported that its products are made in Switzerland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France, Portugal and Tunesia. Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? FREITAG does not communicate any information about being part of a collective initiative or purchasing from an accredited supplier. Source
9. Is at least 50% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? See remark for labor conditions policy question 5. Source
10. Is at least 75% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? FREITAG does not report whether measures at its supplying production facilities are implemented to achieve improved labor 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? FREITAG does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its apparel 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? The processing of FREITAG's recycled bag materials takes place in Switzerland, which is a low risk country concerning labor conditions. The processing of linen, hemp and modal takes place in Italy. 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