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Sustainability summary

Guess has achieved the E-label. This is our lowest possible sustainability score, and Guess has earned it by communicating nothing concrete about the policies for environment, carbon emissions or labor conditions in low-wages countries. For us as consumers, it is unclear whether Guess is committed to sustainability or not.

Brand owner: GUESS Inc.
Head office: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Sector: Denim & jeans
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Jeans, Dress, Shoes, Boots

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Guess sustainability score report

Last edited: 3 November 2017 by Annelies V.
Last reviewed: 5 November 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? Guess implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as energy efficiency measures at its premises (see link, page 64-67). 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? Guess publicly reports its own operations climate footprint. In 2017, it had a total footprint of 36,669 metric tons of CO2e/yr, compared to 37,597 metric tons of CO2e/yr in 2016. This represents a reduction of around 2.47% (see link, page 66). Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Guess reports that 0% of energy consumption comes directly from renewable energy sources and are currently unable to determine the mix of renewable vs. non-renewable energy generated at each grid location from which they source their energy (see link, page 78). 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? Guess has set a target to reduce only 15% of its greenhouse gas emissions per square foot by 2021 compared to base year 2016 (see link, page 16). 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? Guess 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

1 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Effective by fiscal year 2017, Guess provides a raw materials overview by units purchased. However, the overall proportion of environmentally preferred raw materials is not communicated (see link, page 59). 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? Guess refers to REACH legislation. This is not a sufficient policy to target chemical pollution in the production chain. Furthermore, Guess does not report concrete results of its policy (see link, page 57). 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? Guess does not clearly report whether at least one suspect chemical group, such as Azo Dyes, PFCs or phthalates can be considered fully eliminated from its entire production. 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? Guess communicates to use recycled plastic for its carrier bags. But, concrete aggregate results regarding its packaging materials footprint are not made public (see link, page 70). 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? Guess implements several measures to reduce its waste material footprint, such as reducing material use, reusing and recycling materials. But, concrete aggregate results regarding its waste materials footprint are not made public (see link, page 68). Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Guess actively encourages consumers to recycle clothes and can hand them back in for Guess to reuse and recycle (see link, page 56 & 57). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 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? Guess has published a Code of Ethics which applies to its own employees, and reports that its Supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) is the foundation of its social compliance program, but does not make its CoC publicly available (see link, page 40-41). 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? Guess does not communicate about a health and safety policy for denim finishing or the ban of 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? Guess does not provide a list of direct supplier (see link, page 37). 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? Guess does not communicate any information about being part of a collective initiative or purchasing from an accredited supplier (see link, page 22-23). 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 6. Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Guess 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 (see link, page 39). 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? Guess does publicly report outcomes or results of its policies to improve labor conditions at its suppliers. It is, however, not reported what percentage of production volume from apparel manufacturers this entails (see link, page 40-41). 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? Guess does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its suppliers, which are verified by eligible 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? Guess does not provide concrete information about measures to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers. 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? Guess does not publicly report outcomes or results of its policies to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturing suppliers (see link, page 38-41). 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? Guess does not publicly report outcomes or results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its fabric manufacturing suppliers, which are verified by eligible third parties. Source