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Marimekko & sustainability


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

Sustainability summary

Marimekko has achieved the D-label, but has started to take sustainability into account. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Marimekko Corporation
Head office: Helsinki, Finland
Sector: Premium brands
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Dress

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Marimekko sustainability score report

Last edited: 1 May 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 1 May 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? Marimekko implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as energy efficiency and logistics related measures (see link, page 35). 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? Marimekko published a climate footprint (from its fabric printing factory and building in Herttoniemi). In 2015 total CO2 emissions amounted to 895 tonnes. This is a reduction from around 40% compared to 2012. However, the emissions from its stores and other production facilities owned are not covered (see link, page 35). Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Marimekko states that electricity used for its own premises was fully generated by hydropower. However, this only seems to apply to its textile printing factory and head office (see link, pages 12, 33 & 46). 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? Marimekko has set a reduction target of 50% for 2020 compared to 2010, but this probably only refers to its fabric printing factory and building in Herttoniemi. No targets published for its total operations, such as stores operated (see link, page 33). 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)? Marimekko reports on a policy to reduce climate emissions in the supply chain, by assessing potential new suppliers on energy reduction targets and use of renewable energy sources. However, concrete results are not reported yet (see link page 39). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? In 2015, around 6% of Marimekko’s entire collection was made of more sustainable raw materials, namely organic, recycled and Better cotton. But, Marimekko also includes raw materials that are not eligible for a positive assessment, like linen, silk and lyocell. If the 5% threshold thus can be considered exceeded remains unclear (see link, page 12, 19 & 38). 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? Marimekko reports that the use of chemicals is regulated within the framework of REACH and that the majority of their products is Oeko-Tex 100 certified. But, Marimekko has not published any commitment to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the entire life cycle of clothing products (see link, page 37). 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? Marimekko mentions multiple suspect chemicals being on route for phasing out or being phased out already, but only mentions the latter for certain products. Therefore, it is not clear if these chemicals are phased out completely or not (see link, page 37). 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 (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? Marimekko states to use recycled plastic and FSC certified paper for its carrier bags. However, tangible aggregate results regarding its packaging materials footprint are not made public (see link, page 9 & 38). 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? Marimekko has the objective to reduce waste by 20% by 2020, with base year 2010. Furthermore, concrete aggregate results regarding its waste materials footprint are made public (see link, pages 33, 36 & 44). Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Marimekko offers its customers the opportunity to make use of its a sewing and repair service (see link, page 20). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

5 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? Marimekko is a member of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). For BSCI Code of Conduct, see link questions 2&3 below. In this CoC, all these standards are mentioned (see link, page 22-24). 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 BSCI CoC: 1. Yes, legally-binding employment relationships; 2. No, maximum workweek of 48 hours, but hours of overtime is not specified; 3. No, suppliers are encouraged but have no obligation to pay adequate compensation when minimum wages are not sufficient (see link, pages 4-8). 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? In BSCI CoC: This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions (see link, pages 4-5). 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? Marimekko publishes a list of suppliers that covers around 98% of product purchases in 2015. 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? Marimekko is a member of the BSCI (see link, pages 23). 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? Independent civil society organizations do not have a decisive voice in BSCI. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Marimekko implements measures to improve labour practices at its apparel manufacturer. However, concrete results, such as wages increased or working hours decreased, are not reported (see link, page 28). 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? Marimekko reports that 17% of its production volume is produced in Finland and Sweden in 2015, which are low risk countries, but does not yet publicly report concrete outcomes or results of its policies to improve labor conditions at its suppliers in non-low risk countries (see link, page 23-27). 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? Marimekko does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its suppliers, which are verified by eligible third parties. However, in 2015 at least 17% of its production volume was made in low risk countries in terms of weak labour conditions (Finland and Sweden) (see link, page 23). 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? Marimekko addresses payment of living wages in manufacturing countries like China or India, but concrete results are not yet reported. However, Marimekko produces some of its collection in Finland and Sweden, which are low risk countries in terms of weak labour conditions (see link, page 14, 23 & 27). 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? Marimekko 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? Marimekko does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its suppliers, which are verified by eligible third parties. Source