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Saint Basics
Top brand: Buy! Click here for score rapport: 24 out of 31

Sustainability summary

Saint Basics has achieved the A-label. Saint Basics is one of the most sustainable underwear brands and we therefore recommend buying this brand.

Brand owner: Saint Basics B.V.
Head office: Den Haag, The Netherlands
Sector: Lingerie & underwear
Categories : Male, Female, Baby
Free Tags: Shirts, Boxers, Tops, Bottoms, GOTS, Organic Cotton

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Saint Basics sustainability score report

Last edited: 31 March 2017 by Ype
Last reviewed: 31 March 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

3 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Saint Basics implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as choosing short transportation routes and avoiding aerotransport. 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? Saint Basics has reduced its climate footprint of own operations from 9,3 tons of CO2e in 2013 to 4,9 tons of CO2e in 2015. This represents a decrease of around 47%. The remaining emissions are compensated through the Climate Neutral Group. Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Saint Basics reports to use 100% renewable energy for its electricity supply (wind and photovoltaic), but does not specify the origin of its supply. 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? Saint Basics has already reduced its annual greenhouse gas emissions to a minimum, namely by using renewable energy for its own operations only and the compensation of inevitable emissions through the Climate Neutral Group. However, Saint Basics does not specify the origin of its renewable energy supply. 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)? Saint Basics implements several measures to keep its production chain emissions low. For instance, its Austrian fabric supplier for Tencel generates bioenergy on-site for 80% of its energy consumption. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

10 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? More than 90% of Saint Basic's entire collection is made from environmentally preferred fibres such as organic cotton and Tencel. 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? Saint Basic's clothing is GOTS certified. This means that during production high environmental standards maintained for chemical and water use. This certification is applicable to most of the entire collection. 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? Saint Basic's collection is certified according to GOTS, respectively is produced according to its standards with regard to chemical use. This means that more than one chemical group, such as heavy metals, is successfully eliminated from 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. Heeft het merk (bedrijf) een duidelijke doelstelling om de milieu-invloed van de verpakking voor verzendingen en draagtassen te minimaliseren, via reductie, hergebruik, recyclen en verantwoorde inkoop, en rapporteert het merk de resultaten hiervan jaarlijks? Saint Basics states to use biodegradable plastic for its shipping bags. However, Saint Basics does not report on aggregate, annual results of its consumer packaging materials footprint. 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? Saint Basics implements measures to minimize the environmental impact of its generated waste and aims to reduce its waste material footprint. However, Saint Basics does not report on aggregate, annual results of its waste materials footprint. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Saint Basics offers its customers the opportunity to make use of its repair service. Furthermore, Saint Basics implements measures to re- and upcycle the remainder of textiles and products. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

11 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? Saint Basics produces in accordance to GOTS. In GOTS labor conditions standards all these standards are mentioned. For GOTS labor conditions standards, see link for question 2 & 3 below. 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 GOTS labor conditions 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. 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 GOTS labor conditions standards: This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions 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? Saint Basics produces its clothing entirely in one production facility in Vilar, Portugal. 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? Saint Basics' entire production process is GOTS certified. GOTS is acknowledged as a certification scheme that meets this criteria. 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? GOTS is acknowledged as a certification scheme that meets this criteria. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Saint Basics states its supplying apparel manufacturer implements measures to keep motivation and work climate high, like free choice when which task has to be done. But, clear results, such as wages increased or working hours decreased, cause off more effective production processes are not reported. 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? Saint Basics entire production process is GOTS certified. This implies regular reviews of the labour conditions. 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? Saint Basics entire production process is in accordance to GOTS. 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 9. 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? Saint Basics communicates its supplying apparel manufacturer implements measures to keep motivation and work climate high, like paying the workers more than average. However, clear enough results (like actual wage level compared to the average) are not yet reported. 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? Saint Basics reports that all of its fabric manufacturing process is certified according to GOTS, respectively takes place in Austria which is a low risk country / are low risk countries in terms of weak labour conditions. 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