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

Sustainability summary

Marimekko has achieved our D-label. The company deserves good points for having over half of the products produced in low risk countries. However Marimekko does not show a high performance for environmental care.

Brand owner: Marimekko Corporation
Head office: Finland
Sector: Casual clothing
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Marimekko sustainability score report

Last edited: 17 April 2019 by Niels
Last reviewed: 17 April 2019 by Niels

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? Marimekko publishes the climate footprint of its own operations for 2017 and 2016, and has reduced its climate footprint for Scope 2 from 341 tons of CO2e to 271 tons of CO2e. But it is not clear if this is comprehensive since the report says calculation applies to Herttoniemi textile printing factory and properties in Kitee and Sulkava. Source
2. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Marimekko states that the electricity used by its fabric printing mill and head office was generated from wind power and that biogas is used in its printing factory, but its not clear whether this covers all its energy consumption and if not what is the total percentage share. 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 2. Source
4. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its supply chain that is 'beyond own operations? Marimekko has not published any climate footprint of its supply chain from 2017 to 2016. 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? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. 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? Marimekko only states that its target is to continuously reduce the carbon footprint of its operations by using renewable energy sources and optimising logistics, but it doesnt mention full climate neutrality. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Marimekko states that in 2017 6 percent of its textile products were made with "more sustainable materials", but this share includes materials in (MADE-BY) categories A to C plus other materials, so it is not clear what percentage is materials in categories A and B, which would meet the criteria. Marimekko also mentions that in 2017 the share of Better Cotton Source
2. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 10% of its volume? Marimekko states that in 2017 the share of Better Cotton (BCI) from total cotton sourcing was 53 percent. However, it is not clear what percentage of the total annual volume this represents. Source
3. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 90% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 2. 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? Marimekko only mentions the Oeko-tex 100 standard for textiles. This standard is not eligible for this question since it does not cover criteria to chemical use during the production stages. 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? Marimekko mentions that environmentally harmful perfluorinated hydrocarbons are not used in the finishing processes but it remains unclear whether the target chemical group [Perfluorinated chemicals] can be considered as entirely eliminated from the production of Marimekko's entire garment 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? Marimekko only mentions that environmentally harmful perfluorinated hydrocarbons are not used in the finishing processes and does not report whether other chemical groups such as [Phthalates or APEOs*] can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production. 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? Marimekko mentions, that instead of plastic bags, since early 2016 products in its stores have been mainly placed in paper bags of a material certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). However, Marimekko does not report the percentage of recycled or renewable materials used for its consumer packaging, nor any annual reductions. 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? Marimekko states that in 2017, a total of 109 (142) tonnes of waste was generated at its fabric printing factory and head office in Helsinki, which was 23 percent less than in 2016, but this is not the absolute waste footprint as fore example the stores are not included in the calculation. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Marimekko states that it collaborates with the second-hand online store We Started This (WST). During 2017, they arranged several collection events at their stores, and WST set up a pop-up shop in the Marimekko store in the Forum shopping centre for the Helsinki Design Week. Customers could also bring their Marimekko clothes and accessories directly into the Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

6 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? Marimekko has a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) and is a member of BSCI. In this CoC, all these standards are mentioned. However, Marimekko should be more concrete with the reporting and especially the corrective actions. 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)? Marimekko is a member of BSCI in the CoC of which it states that Business enterprises should establish or participate in effective operational-level grievance mechanisms for individuals and communities who may be adversely impacted. However, there is no mention about informing the workers anout their rights. 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? Marimekko has published a list of direct suppliers that cover 95% of its total production, effective by March 2019. 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? Marimekko has published a list of its directs suppliers including the full addresses and the beginning of the business relationship. 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 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? The company is a member of BSCI but independent civil society organizations do not have a decisive voice in BSCI. Marimekko publishes overall results on BSCI audits. Source
7. Does this initiative require clear minimum performance levels for member brands? See remark for labor conditions policy question 6. Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? 66% of Marimekko production volume is made in Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Lithuania which are low risk countries in terms of labour conditions. 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 8. Source
10. Is at least 75% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
11. Is at least 95% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. 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? Marimekko does not report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers. Source
13. Does the brand (owner) publicly commit to a living wage benchmark with defined wages per production region or factory? Marimekko states that promoting a living wage is its target but it has not published any commitment to a living wage benchmark. 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? Marimekko does not provide concrete information about implemented measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers. Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? Marimekko does not provide concrete information about implemented measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers but 66% of Marimekko production volume is made in Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Lithuania which are low risk countries. 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? Marimekko reports the duration of business relationships with its suppliers of which the majority (54/ 72) have lasted longer than 5 years. Source