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G-Star
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 12 out of 32

Sustainability summary

G-Star has achieved a C-label. According to us, G-Star is one of the more sustainable Jeans brands. For the production of jeans for example, G-Star uses almost 15% organic cotton or recycled materials. However, there are some improvements to be made, such as publishing the climate footprint and increasing the use of sustainable materials.

Brand owner: G-Star Raw B.V.
Head office: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sector: Denim & jeans
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Jeans, Dress, Shoes, Boots

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G-Star sustainability score report

Last edited: 6 April 2017 by Maarten
Last reviewed: 6 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? G-Star implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as energy efficiency measures within its distribution and supply chain. 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? G-Star does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years on its website. So it is not clear if the policy measures actually helped 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? G-Star mentions to use renewable energy, but does not make clear from what kind of resource, and does not inform about the degree of additionality. 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 the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? G-Star mentions it has a target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, but does not specify the target percentage, base year and target year. 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? G-Star implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations. For instance within the 'PaCT programme'- However, G-Star does not publish clear results, which include emission reductions achieved. 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? In 2015, almost 15% of G-Star’s entire collection was made of more sustainable raw materials, namely mostly recycled cotton, recycled polyester, Tencel, and organic cotton. 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 to make the jeans and other apparel? G-Star has signed the 'Zero-Discharge Commitment'. Companies that signed this document promise to 'eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures that are associated with the making and using of company's products, by 2020'. 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? G-Star states that all PFCs (short and long chain PFCs) have been successfully eliminated from the production of all its garments, effective by 01.01.2015 (see link, page 8-9). 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. Also, G-Star works on the elimination of APEOs and Phthalates. It remains unclear yet, whether these goals can be considered realized (see link, page 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? G-Star states to use FSC certified paper for its carrier bags. Also G-Star reports an annual reduction of more than 1.5 million plastic bags accounting for approximately 70,000 kg plastic. But, concrete aggregate results regarding its packaging materials footprint are not made public. 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? G-Star implements several measures to reduce its waste material footprint, such as partnering with textile recycle firms. But, concrete aggregate results regarding its waste materials footprint are not made public. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Reportedly, G-Star is still to find a solution to take back old garments from consumers for recycling. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

7 out of 14
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? All standards are mentioned in G-Star Supplier Code of Conduct (see link, pages 2-5). 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 which meets basic meets and provide some discretionary income (see link, page 4). 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 (see link, page 3). Source
4. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective health and safety policy for the workers in the finishing process of jeans, at least covering the ban on sandblasting? G-Star has publicly announced a ban on sandblasting. Source
5. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? G-Star has published a list which most likely covers 90% of the G-Star's total production. Source
6. 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 apparel manufacturers with improved labor conditions? G-Star is a partner of Made-By. Source
7. Do independent civil society organizations like NGO's and labor unions have a decisive voice in this collective initiative or in these certification schemes? Made-By is acknowledged as a ‘Multi Stakeholder Initiative’ (MSI). Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? G-Star implements measures to improve labour practices at its apparel manufacturers, and thereby collaborates with initiatives such as Better Work Vietnam. But, concrete results, such as wages increased or working hours decreased, are not clearly specified. Source
9. 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? G-Star publishes an overview of the auditing process. But, it remains unclear whether at least 90% of its production volume were monitored in 2015. Also, G-Star does not clearly and comprehensively specify results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at its apparel manufacturers. Source
10. 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? G-Star does not clearly report if and how much production volume is approved as socially compliant by independent third parties. Source
11. 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 10. Source
12. 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? G-Star works towards a payment of fair wages and has started a pilot programme based on the 'Fair Wage Methodology' of 'Fair Wage Network' in cooperation with Solidaridad, a Swedish brand and it most important supplier in China. But, clear results of living wage payments realised are not reported yet. Source
13. 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? G-Star does not publicly report clear results of its policy measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers. Source
14. Are at least 50% of the brand's leather, yarn and fabric production phases approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FLO-Cert, GOTS or SA8000? G-Star's does not publicly report outcomes or results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its fabric manufacturers, which are verified by eligible third parties. Source