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People Tree
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 16 out of 34

Sustainability summary

People Tree has achieved our C-label. The company scores good points on the use of responsible materials such as organic cotton. People Tree has also published a list of its suppliers. The company uses certifications such as Fairtrade and GOTS, but it is not clear which part of the production is covered by each certification. People Tree does not score any point on our climate change criteria, and should be more transparent about the payment of living wages to the textile workers.

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: 21 April 2019 by Niels
Last reviewed: 21 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? 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
2. 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
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? People Tree does not publish its annual climate footprint for the supply chains. So it is not clear if the policy measures actually helped to reduce the total annual 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? 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
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? People Tree does not mention such an objective. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

6 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? A major part of People Tree clothing 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 GOTS certified products. It is however not clear if this applies to all People Tree products. 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 (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? People Tree does not report on the annual results of its consumer packaging policy. 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? 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 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? People Tree products are WFTO, GOTS and Fairtrade certified. It should however made clear to which part of the total production each certification is valid. 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)? For the Fairtrade certified production this is valid, but it is not clear what percentage of People Tree's products are Fairtrade certified. 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? People Tree gives an overview of all producers, see the link. 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? People Tree gives names, places and the types of products that are made at each supplier. 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? People Tree does not give a clear overview of factories that e.g. do the spinning and knitting. 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? People Tree makes use of GOTS, WTFO and Fairtrade certifications for the majority of its products. These certifications are eligibe to this question. Source
7. Does this initiative require clear minimum performance levels for member brands? The certifications require clear performance levels for good labour conditions. Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? For this question the Fairtrade certification would be eligible. WFTO and GOTS are not eligible until further notice. It is not clear what part of the People Tree production is Fairtrade certified, but based on the webshop we may reasonably assume the percentage is over 50%. 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? For this question, GOTS and Fairtrade certifications are eligible. Both represent a major part of the People Tree production. It would be appreciated if People Tree gives a breakdown of the use of each certification. Source
13. Does the brand (owner) publicly commit to a living wage benchmark with defined wages per production region or factory? With the use of the Fairtrade certification, People Tree automatically commits to paying living wages to textile workers within 6 years. The company however does not report on the progress. 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 13. Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? See remark for labor conditions policy question 13. 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? People Tree shows long term relationships with its suppliers. Source