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People Tree
Well on the way Click here for score rapport: 18 out of 31

Sustainability summary

People Tree has achieved the B-label. According to our criteria, People Tree is one of the more sustainable fashion brands. People Tree already uses over 80% sustainable materials, thereby mainly organic cotton. People Tree also published its complete production map. However, there are some improvements to be made, such as publishing its packaging and waste material footprints. Also with regard to climate protection, more points can be earned.

Brand owner: People Tree Ltd.
Head office: London, UK
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Bags, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Dress

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People Tree sustainability score report

Last edited: 24 April 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 24 April 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? People Tree implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as energy saving in its office and preferring sea freight over air freight (see link, page 16). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? People Tree does not publish its annual 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
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? People Tree does not communicate its renewable energy policy. Source
4. 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
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? People Tree does not communicate information on total target reductions for its climate footprint of own operations. Source
6.  Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations (Scope 3)? People Tree refers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations, but does not provide concrete information on measures implemented, and results achieved. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

7 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? People Tree communicates that more than 80% of its entire collection was made with 100% Fairtrade organic cotton, certified by Soil Association. 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? People Tree is GOTS certified. This means that during production high environmental standards maintained for chemical and water use. This certification is applicable for almost 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? People Tree reports that azo dyes are not used in the production of any of its garments. 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? People Tree does not report whether at least three suspect chemical groups, such as Phthalates or Alkylphenol can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production. Source
10. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of its shipping packaging and carrier bags, by reducing, re-using, recycling and responsible sourcing of packaging materials, and does the brand annually report on these results? People Tree does not report on the annual results of its consumer packaging policy. Source
11. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? People Tree communicates a waste reduction policy, but does not report the overall performance. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? People Tree does not report whether the return, re-use and / or repair of garments by its customers is encouraged. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

10 out of 13
1. Does the brand (company) have a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) which includes the following standards: No forced or slave labor, no child labor, no discrimination of any kind and a safe and hygienic workplace? People Tree follows the WFTO principles. WFTO's principles, see link for labour conditions questions 2&3 below. All these standards are mentioned. Source
2. Does this CoC include at least two of the following workers rights: 1. to have a formally registered employment relationship 2. to have a maximum working week of 48 hours with voluntary and paid overtime of 12 hours maximum 3. to have a sufficient living wage? In the WFTO principles: 1. Employment relationship is not mentioned; 2. Work hours refer to legal standards but not a specific amount of hours; 3. Living wage is not specifically mentioned, although they do promote the concept of fair trade. Source
3. Does this Code of Conduct include the right for workers to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively; and in those situations where these rights are restricted under law, the right to facilitate parallel means of independent and free association and bargaining? In WFTO principles: This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions. Source
4. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? People Tree has published a list of direct suppliers that are likely to cover 90% of its total production. People Tree publishes the direct supplier with a link in the product description of each item to be purchased. Source
5. Is the brand (company) a member of a collective initiative that aims to improve labor conditions, or does the brand (company) purchase its supplies from accredited factories with improved labor conditions? People Tree is an active member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). Furthermore, the majority of People Tree's organic cotton collection is Fairtrade certified, and is in accordance to GOTS. Source
6. Do independent civil society organizations like NGO's and labor unions have a decisive voice in this collective initiative or in these certification schemes? FLO-Cert and GOTS are acknowledged as a certification schemes that meets this criteria. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? People Tree is an active member of the WFTO, that has the goal, amongst others, to support small producers to improve management and production practices (principle 8). People Tree reports on several respective measures implemented, and results achieved. Source
8. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy? Is at least 90% of the brands production volume from apparel manufacturers monitored for labour conditions? The majority of People Tree's collection is manufactured in accordance to GOTS. However, People does not publicly report up to date results of its policy measures to improve labor conditions for at least 90% of its entire production volume. Source
9. Is at least 25% of the production volume from apparel manufacturers approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FWF, GOTS or SA8000? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
10. Is at least 50% of the production volume from apparel manufacturers approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FWF, GOTS or SA8000? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
11. Does the brand (company) implement a policy to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers? Are at least first living wage payments realised? People Tree implements measures to achieve the payment of fair wages. However, specific results of living wage payments realized are not reported yet. Source
12. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy for the fabric manufacturing phases, including a reasonable overview of the number and region of workplaces covered by the policy in relation to the total production volume? People Tree publicly reports on the labor conditions policies implemented for the fabric manufacturing phases, including which results/ certifications achieved. Source
13. Are at least 50% of the fabric manufacturing phases - from spinning to final fabric - approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FLO-Cert, GOTS or SA8000? Around 80% of People Tree's collection is made with 100% Fairtrade organic cotton, certified by Soil Association, and in accordance to GOTS. Source