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State of Art
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Sustainability summary

State of Art has achieved the E-label. This is our lowest possible sustainability score, and State of Art has earned it by communicating hardly any concrete about the policies for environment, carbon emissions or labor conditions in low-wages countries. For us as consumers, it is unclear whether State of Art is committed to sustainability or not.

Brand owner: State of Art B.V.
Head office: Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands
Sector: Premium brands
Categories : Male
Free Tags: Bags, Caps, Pullover, Shirts, Jackets, Jeans

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State of Art sustainability score report

Last edited: 27 April 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 27 April 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? State of Art implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as the implementation of LED lights in one store. In addition, State of Art generates solar energy on the rooftop of its head office building. 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? State of Art does not publish the 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
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? State of Art mentions the use of onsite generated renewable energy, but is not clear about the total percentage share. 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? State of Art has set a target to be carbon-neutral over five years (base year 2013). However, carbon neutralization is not necessarily the same as actual reduction of respective emissions. 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)? State of Art does not communicate a clear policy to reduce the climate emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations. 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? State of Art mentions that over 25% of its materials used are raw materials with a clear preference for environmental friendliness, for example IPPC pallets, recycled cardboard and PVC-free plastic. However, it is not clear if, and in what matter, this is relevant for garment materials as well. 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? Regarding the use of chemicals, State of Art refers to the REACH legislation. Also State of Art expects its suppliers to adhere to the list of restricted substances from MODINT. But, it is not clear if State Of Art has a policy to eliminate all hazardous chemical substances. 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 7. 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 7. 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? State of Art does not communicate any information about its consumer packaging reduction policies. 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? State of Art does not communicate any information about its waste reduction policies. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? State of Art does not communicate whether return or re-use of garments by its customers is encouraged. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 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? In the State of Art Code of Conduct, all of these standards are mentioned (see link, pages 1-2). 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. No, not mentioned; 2. Yes, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime (max 12 hours) is voluntary; 3. No, mentioning of minimum and industry wage, not living wage (see link, page 1). 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? Freedom of association is mentioned, but nothing found about situations in which this right is restricted by law (see link, page 1). 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? State of Art mentions the number of supplier per country, such as Turkey, China, Bangladesh and Vietnam. Also one supplier is mentioned by name (Franky and Ricky S.A. / Peru). However, State of Art does not provide a comprehensive list of direct suppliers. 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? State of Art collects audit reports from e.g. BSCI and WRAP. However, State Of Art does not report a membership of these collective initiatives, nor what percentage of the products are purchased from accredited suppliers. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 5. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? State of Art does not report 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? State of Art mentions that one supplier participated in the Social Innovation trajectory by Solidaridad and is ISO 9001, SA 8000 and BASC certified. However, the brand does not mention what percentage of total production volume this constitutes. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. 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 8. 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? State of Art does not provide concrete information about implemented measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers. 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? State of Art 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 12. Source