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Unica
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Sustainability summary

Unica has achieved the D-label. Unica takes sustainability into account. Still, only a little information is published about a policy on sustainability. It is hard to see the effort brand owner Claro is making on sustainability. Therefore, more policy and transparency is needed.

Brand owner: claro fair trade AG
Head office: Orpund, Switzerland
Sector: Casual clothing
Categories : Female
Free Tags: Shirts, Pullover, Dress, Pants

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Unica sustainability score report

Last edited: 13 April 2017 by Shilpa
Last reviewed: 27 March 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? Claro Fair Trade AG 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? Claro Fair Trade AG 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? Claro Fair Trade AG 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? Claro Fair Trade AG 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

4 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Unica's collection is made from environmentally preferred fibres such as organic cotton, but it is not clear what percentage of the total annual volume this represents. A share higher than 25% can be considered certain however (see also link at next question). 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? Unica'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 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? Claro Fair Trade AG does not report whether at least one suspect chemical group can be considered as fully eliminated from Unica's 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? Claro Fair Trade AG does not report on the annual results of its, respectively Unica's 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? Claro Fair Trade AG does not report on the annual results of its, respectively Unica's waste reduction policy. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Claro Fair Trade does not report whether the return or re-use of Unica garments by its customers is encouraged. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 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? Claro Fair Trade AG (brand owner of Unica) communicates being related to European Fair Trade Association (EFTA), Fair Trade Labelling Organizations (FLO) and World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), but does not make its Code of Conduct CoC publicly available, respectively which CoC of an organization where its an active member is applicable. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? Claro Fair Trade publishes all its suppliers on its website. Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Claro Fair Trade AG does not communicate clear enough information about being part of a collective initiative, such as WFTO. In addition, Unica's production is partly GOTS certified. However, its overall share is not specified clear enough. 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 5. Source
10. Is at least 75% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? Claro Fair Trade AG does not report clear enough whether 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? Claro Fair Trade AG does not publicly report clear results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its supplying factories producing Unica products. 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? Unica's production is partly GOTS certified. However, its overall share is not specified clear enough. 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? Claro Fair Trade AG does not provide concrete information about implemented measures and results realized to establish the payment of living wages at its Unica apparel manufacturers. Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? Claro Fair Trade AG 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 12. Source