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Studio JUX
Well on the way Click here for score rapport: 19 out of 34

Sustainability summary

Studio JUX has achieved our B-label. Studio JUX is one of the more sustainable clothing brands. Having their own factory in Nepal in a fair manner and paying living wages is exceptional in the fashion industry. However, there are some improvements to be made, such as third party verification of their factory, and a more clear policy against greenhouse gas emissions.

Brand owner: Studio Jux
Head office: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Dress

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Studio JUX sustainability score report

Last edited: 15 April 2019 by Niels
Last reviewed: 15 April 2019 by Niels

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 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? Studio Jux 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? Studio Jux communicates that 100% of its electricity is generated from renewable resources. Its factory runs on Nepali hydropower, its office and store run on green electricity from wind and water generated in The Netherlands. 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? Except for the energy used in their own Nepalese factory, Studio Jux does not communicate information about the greenhouse gas emissions beyond 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? Studio Jux 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? Studio Jux has not communicated such a target. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

9 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? In 2017, around 85% of Studio Jux's collection is made from environmentally preferred materials, namely recycled polyester, organic hemp, organic cotton from China and Fairtrade cotton from Nepal. The remaining 15% are Japanese vegan silk replacement and different types of wool. It is likely that over 90% can be marked as 'sustainable materials'. 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? Studio Jux 's clothing is  GOTS certified. This means that during production high environmental standards maintained for chemical and water use. This certification is applicable to some products of the 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? Studio Jux communicates it does not use any of the chemicals mentioned on the REACH list in its production, which means that chemical groups like azo dyes, phthalates or PFCs can be considered excluded. 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? Studio Jux implements measures to minimize the environmental impact of its packaging, such as  producing tags made out of recycled materials only. However, concrete aggregate results of its packaging materials footprint are not publicly reported yet.  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?  Studio Jux mentions it is active in waste separation and recycling. However, annual results of its waste reduction policy are not specified. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Studio Jux does not report whether or not it has in place any kind of concept to stimulate the re-use or return of garments by its customers. Studio Jux only recommends customers to sell, swap or leave them in a clothing container for re-use but does seemingly not facilitate anything. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

8 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? Studio Jux has two different Code of Conducts (CoC). One for its own factory in Nepal, and one for its suppliers. In both CoCs these standards are mentioned (see also source at next question). The company regularly gives a brief update about the implementation. 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)? Studio Jux does not communicate clearly if and how a complaint procedure works. 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? Studio Jux mentions name and place of their own factory and one external factory. Together they make 95% of Studio Jux products. 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? Knitwear products are made in the external factory and 70% is made in the owned factory. 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? The production countries of the fabric factories are mentioned, but not the names and places. 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? Studio Jux works with e.g. GOTS certified partners, but the company and factory itself are apparently not covered by a certification or multi stakeholder initiative. Neither are there independent audit results available. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 6. 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 6. 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 6. 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 6. 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? In 2017, the production of fabrics was entirely certified to GOTS (87%) and Fair trade by WFTO (7%). Both certifications also cover working conditions. Source
13. Does the brand (owner) publicly commit to a living wage benchmark with defined wages per production region or factory? Studio Jux pays a living wage to the workers in their owned Nepal factory. The amount is derived from the Asia Floor Wage and Fair Wear Foundation wage ladder. The minimum wage in Nepal is 8.200 roepies. In 2017, the Studio Jux starting wage was 13.000 roepies + travel + 10% pension + 13th month + social securities. 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? The best way to influence the payment of living wages and to maintain a high level for labour conditions, is to own factories. 70% of Studio Jux products are made in their owned factory in Nepal. Source