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Acne
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 8 out of 31

Sustainability summary

Acne has achieved the D-label. According to us, Acne is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed. The brand scores most of its point because of its membership of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). Most improvements are therefore possible on climate and environmental policies.

Brand owner: Acne Studios
Head office: Stockholm, Sweden
Sector: Premium brands
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Bags, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Jeans, Dress, Shoes, Boots

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Acne sustainability score report

Last edited: 1 May 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 1 May 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

0 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Acne does not openly communicate a policy to reduce carbon emissions, if indeed the brand has one. Sustainability information should be easily accessible to enable consumers to make more responsible choices. 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? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. 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 1. 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? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. 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)? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

0 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Acne does not openly communicate an environmental policy, if indeed the brand has one. Sustainability information should be easily accessible to enable consumers to make more responsible choices. 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? See remark for environmental policy question 1. 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? See remark for environmental policy question 1. 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 1. 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? See remark for environmental policy question 1. 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? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

8 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? Acne Studios is a Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) member and uses this Code of Conduct. All rights are mentioned (see link, standards 1,2,3,7). 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? 1. Yes, legally-binding employment relationships; 2. Yes, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime (max 12 hours) is voluntary; 3. Yes, commitment to implement payment of living wages (see link, standards 5,6,8). 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? 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? Acne Studios does not provide a published list of its suppliers, but mentions production countries only (see link, page 4). 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? Acne Studios is a member of FWF, since 2008. 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? Acne is a member of FWF, which means that Labour Unions and/or business-independent NGO’s have a formal and co-decisive voice within the initiative and are co-responsible for the integrity and credibility of the initiative. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Acne Studios does not report clearly whether measures at its supplying production facilities are implemented to achieve improved labour practices with respect to product and / or production process quality. 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? Acne Studios has a publicly available annual audit report by Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). By December 2016, 92% of Acnes' entire production was under monitoring on apparel manufacturer level (see link, page 3). 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? Acne's labour conditions policy for apparel manufacturers is rated with the 'Leader' status by 'Fair Wear Foundation' (FWF) (see link, page 3). 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 9. 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? According to FWF Acne is well on its way implementing living wages at its supplying, but not there yet (see link at previous question, page 11). Acne communicates however, that workers at one supplier in Bulgaria reported wage payments being actually higher than estimated living wages. This is however not specified any further (see link, page 7-8). 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? Acne does not publicly report clear results of implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers. 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? Acne Studios does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its suppliers, which are verified by eligible third parties. Source