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Kuyichi
Well on the way Click here for score rapport: 20 out of 32

Sustainability summary

Kuyichi has achieved the B-label. Kuyichi is one of the more sustainable denim brands. However, there are some improvements to be made.

Brand owner: Kuyichi BV
Head office: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Sector: Denim & jeans
Categories : Male, Female
Free Tags: Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Jeans

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Kuyichi sustainability score report

Last edited: 25 May 2018 by Helen
Last reviewed: 25 May 2018 by Ype

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? Kuyichi implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as the use of renewable energy (see link, page 14-15). 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? Kuyichi has not published the annual climate footprint of last years, but is going to estimate its total carbon footprint by the Climate Neutral Group in 2018 (see link, page 14). Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? In its office, Kuyichi uses renewable energy provided by VandeBron, consisting fully of wind energy in Kuyichi's case. The warehouse is powered by renewable energy from Engie, but it is not specified what type. However, Kuyichi is not clear about the total percentage share of renewable energy used for its electricity (see link, page 15). 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? Kuyichi does not communicate on total target reductions for its climate footprint of own operations, but intents to fully compensate its 2018 CO2 emissions with a Gold Standard project in Turkey (see link, page 14). However, the specifics of this policy are not yet published. 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? Kuyichi offers information related to its suppliers and their certifications on its website, but does not communicate a clear policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the production 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? For its 2018 denim collection, Kuyichi uses environmentally preferred materials such as organic cotton (86,4%), Tencel (5,0%) and/or recycled cotton (3,7%) and for its tops collection 56,9% organic cotton and 19% recycled Polyester (see link, pages 9-10). In total, a share of more than 75% can be considered certain. 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? Kuyichi's clothing is GOTS certified. This means that during production high environmental standards are maintained for chemical and water use. This certification is applicable to many products of the collection (see link, page 8). 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? Kuyichi reports to have phased out nine substances of the suspect chemical group as Phtalates, Brominated and Chlorinated flame retardants, Heavy Metals etc. (see link, page 10). 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? Kuyichi communicates that the packaging used for webshop orders is made of 60% recycled plastic and that packaging of its suppliers is recycled and re-used. However, Kuyichi does not report on the annual results of its consumer packaging policy (see link, page 14). 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? Kuyichi reports that the warehouse its orders are shipped from, reduced its residual wastestream by almost 30%. However, Kuyichi does not report on the annual results of its waste reduction policy (see link, page 14). Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Kuyichi collects old jeans at two stores in the Netherlands, and they recycle old denim into new fabrics (see link, page 17). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

10 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 Kuyichi's Code of Conduct (see link, page 21-22). 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? All standards are mentioned in Kuyichi's Code of Conduct (see link, page 21-22). 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, pages 21-22). 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? Kuyichi has publicly announced a ban on sandblasting (see link, header 'environment'). 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? Kuyichi offers comprehensive information related to all its suppliers and their certifications on its website. 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? Kuyichi uses GOTS certified organic cotton for over 50% of its collection. GOTS is acknowledged as a certification scheme that meets these criteria (see link, pages 5 and 8-10). 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? GOTS is acknowledged as a certification scheme that meets this criteria. Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Kuyichi 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
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? Many of Kuyichi's suppliers are certified through GOTS and/or SA8000, but the exact percentage is not published (see link, page 5). 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 6. 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 6. 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? Kuyichi states that it is striving to implement living wages, but does not provide concrete information on its website whether living wage payments are realized at its apparel manufacturers (see link, page 21). 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? Kuyichi communicates that most of its fabric manufacturing is certified according to GOTS, but it is unclear which percentage this is, although a percentage of over 50% can be considered certain (see link, page 5). 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 13. Source