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King Louie & sustainability


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

Sustainability summary

King Louie has achieved the D-label. According to us, King Louie is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed. The brand scores most of its point because of its membership of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). Most improvements are therefore possible on climate and environmental policies.

Brand owner: Exota B.V.
Head office: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Male, Female, Kids, Baby
Free Tags: Bags, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Dress

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King Louie sustainability score report

Last edited: 21 April 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 21 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? King Louie 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. Source
2. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? King Louie 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? King Louie 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? King Louie 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? Currently, around 10% of King Louie’s entire collection is made of more sustainable raw materials, such as recycled polyester, Tencel, organic cotton, but also other non-specified raw materials. A share higher than 5% can be considered certain however. 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? The production of King Louies' clothing is GOTS certified, which means that high standards are maintained for suitable chemical use and water policies during production. This certification is applicable to 10% of its entire collection. 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? King Louie 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? King Louie 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? King Louie does not communicate any information about its waste reduction policies. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? King Louie does not report whether the return or re-use of garments by its customers is encouraged. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

5 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? King Louie is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). For Labour Standards FWF, see link for 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? King Louie produces in countries like Turkey, China, India, Poland and Portugal, but does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers (see link, page 10-16). Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? In 2015, King Louie joined the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). Source
9. Is at least 50% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? King Louie is a member of FWF, which means that Labor 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? King Louie 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? According to FWF, in 2015 only 42% of King Louie's production volume was under monitoring on apparel manufacturer level (see link, page 12). 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? King Louie's labour conditions policy for apparel manufacturers is rated with the 'Good' status by FWF, which is not sufficient (see link, page 3). However, at least 10% of its entire collection is GOTS certified (see link, next question). 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? King Louie does not provide concrete information about implemented measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers (see link, page 10 & 11). Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? King Louie does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor 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? King Louie does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its suppliers, which are verified by eligible third parties. Source