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Kings of Indigo & sustainability


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Well on the way Click here for score rapport: 18 out of 32

Sustainability summary

Kings of Indigo has achieved the B-label. According to us, Kings of Indigo is one of the more sustainable Jeans brands. Kings of Indigo scores most of all for ecology and labor conditions, because of the use of preferable materials such as recycled and organic cotton, linen and tencel plus, amongst other things, the membership of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). The brand could gain even more points for publishing more details about its climate protection policy.

Brand owner: KOI International B.V.
Head office: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sector: Denim & jeans
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: K.O.I , KOI, Pullover, Jackets, Jeans, Dress

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Kings of Indigo sustainability score report

Last edited: 15 August 2017 by Karin
Last reviewed: 15 August 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? K.O.I implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as the use of renewable energy. Moreover K.O.I offers no company cars to staff, traveling by train is preferred. 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? K.O.I does not publish the annual 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? K.O.I communicates that 40% of the energy used at the HQ is generated by solar panels on the roof. However, the overall share of renewable energy use (e.g. stores, server and / or own production facilities) is not clearly specified. 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? K.O.I does not communicate information on total target reductions for its climate footprint of own operations. 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? K.O.I does not communicate a policy to reduce the climate emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

9 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? K.O.I communicates its collection is made from sustainable fibres, such as organic cotton, tencel, recycled cotton, recycled wool and synthetic fibers to more than 90%. But, also conventional linen and hemp materials are included. Therefore, a share more than 75% is more realistic. 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? K.O.I's clothing is GOTS-certified, which means that high standards are maintained for suitable chemical use and water policies during production. This certification is applicable a part of the collection. Furthermore, K.O.I has a policy to reduce the use of water in production. 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? K.O.I states that chlorobenzenes, azo dyes and heavy metals are not used in the production of all its garments. 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? K.O.I communicates to use recycled material for its consumer packaging only. However, K.O.I does not report on the annual results of its consumer packaging policy. 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? K.O.I does not report on the annual results of its waste reduction policy. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? K.O.I has introduced a denim collection ('Red Light Denim') which is made of worn denim collected in Amsterdam. Furthermore, K.O.I organizes repair and recycle events with its retailers or in pop up shops. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

8 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? K.O.I is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). For Labour Standards FWF, see link for questions 2&3 below. In the Labour Standards all these standards are mentioned (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? In FWF Labour Standards: 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? In FWF Labour Standards: This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions (see link standard 4). 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? K.O.I does not use sandblasting for the production of its denim. 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? K.O.I has published an up to date map of its apparel and fabric suppliers locations, plus mentions the names of its suppliers. 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? K.O.I is a member of Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). 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? K.O.I 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
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? K.O.I does not report whether policy measures at its supplying production facilities are implemented to achieve improved labour practices with respect to product and / or production process quality. 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? K.O.I has a publicly available audit report on the FWF website. In 2016, only 59% of K.O.I's production volume was under auditing on apparel manufacturer level (see link, page 4). 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? According to FWF, 19% of K.O.I's production is made in low-risk countries (see link, page 13). Also, a part of its collection its GOTS certified, but the proportion is not specified. 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? K.O.I. communicates that wage payments more than the 'living wage' were realized at two suppliers in Tunisia in 2016. This is also confirmed by FWF (see link, page 10, as well as link at next question, page 14). 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? K.O.I does not provide comprehensive clear information and results of its labour conditions policy for the fabric manufacturing phases. 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? K.O.I mentions to use fabrics which were manufactured according to GOTS. However, K.O.I is unclear if at least 50% of the entire fabric manufacturing meet the standards of for instance GOTS. Source