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Generic Questions Fashion

In this section, you will find the list of generic questions for fashion brands that are applicable in more than one (future) sector. The questions are categorized into three areas: Climate Protection, Ecology and Labour Conditions. Clicking on a question heading will provide you with more background information, guidelines and possible jurisdiction for the question.

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Questions about Climate Protection

Generic Fashion - Climate Protection Question 1:
Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions?

Generic Fashion - Climate Protection Question 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?

Generic Fashion - Climate Protection Question 3:
Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years?

Generic Fashion - Climate Protection Question 4:
Is at least XX% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy?

Generic Fashion - Climate Protection Question 5:
Is all the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy?

Generic Fashion - Climate Protection Question 6:
Does the brand (company) have a policy and reports on tangible results to reduce/ compensate carbon emissions generated from the supply/production chain (Scope 3)?

Generic Fashion - Climate Protection Question 7:
Is the efficiency of greenhouse gas emissions below 200 kg CO2-eq per square meter shopping floor per year?

Questions about Environmental Protection

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 1:
Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than XX% of its volume?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 2:
Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 3:
Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 10% of its volume?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 4:
Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 25% of its volume?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 5:
Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 50% of its volume?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 6:
Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 75% of its volume?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 7:
Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 90% of its volume?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 8:
Does the brand (company) use these environmentally friendlier alternatives for leather and synthetic rubber for more than XX% of the total use of footwear materials?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 9:
Does the brand (company) use these environmentally friendlier alternatives for leather and synthetic rubber for more than 5% of the total use of footwear materials?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 10:
Does the brand (company) use these environmentally friendlier alternatives for leather and synthetic rubber for more than 10% of the total use of footwear materials?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 11:
Does the brand (company) use these environmentally friendlier alternatives for leather and synthetic rubber for more than 25% of the total use of footwear materials?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 12:
Does the brand (company) use these environmentally friendlier alternatives for leather and synthetic rubber for more than 50% of the total use of footwear materials?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 13:
Does the brand (company) use these environmentally friendlier alternatives for leather and synthetic rubber for more than 75% of the total use of footwear materials?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 14:
Does the brand (company) use these environmentally friendlier alternatives for leather and synthetic rubber for more than 90% of the total use of footwear materials?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 15:
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?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 16:
Is there a policy for the brand (company) to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures to make the footwear?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 17:
Is there a policy for the brand (company) to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures to make the jeans and other apparel?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 18:
Has the brand (company) eliminated at least XX suspect chemical groups, such as Phthalates or Per fluorinated chemicals from its entire garment production?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 19:
Has the brand (company) eliminated at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or Per fluorinated chemicals from its entire garment production?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 20:
Has the brand (company) eliminated at least three suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or Per fluorinated chemicals from its entire garment production?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 21:
Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to minimize environmental pollution of chromium and other harmful substances from leather tanning processes, e.g. by waste water treatment or by vegetable tanning?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 22:
Does the brand (company) have a clear target to phase out PVC in their products, and has the brand already achieved a PVC phase out level of more than 90%?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 23:
Has the brand (company) a clear and effective policy to minimize the use of solvents based chemicals in their shoe production, and has the brand already achieved a level of average max. 40 grams of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions per pair of shoes?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 24:
Does the brand 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?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 25:
Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 26:
Does the brand encourage the return or re-use of garments?

Generic Fashion - Ecology Question 27:
Does the brand have a clear and effective policy to avoid the use of leather that originates from cattle farms in deforestated Amazone areas?

Questions about Labour Conditions Policy

Generic Fashion - Labour Policy Question 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?

Generic Fashion - Labour Policy Question 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?

Generic Fashion - Labour Policy Question 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?

Generic Fashion - Labour Policy Question 4:
Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms?

Generic Fashion - Labour Policy Question 5:
Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume?

Generic Fashion - Labour Policy Question 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?

Generic Fashion - Labour Policy Question 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?

Generic Fashion - Labour Policy Question 8:
Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices?

Generic Fashion - Labour Policy Question 9:
Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy for apparel manufacturers?

Generic Fashion - Labour Policy Question 10:
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?

Generic Fashion - Labour Policy Question 11:
Has the brand’s labor conditions policy resulted in a ‘compliance level’ of at least XX% from apparel manufacturers, or a ‘monitored level' of at least XX%?

Generic Fashion - Labour Policy Question 12:
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?

Generic Fashion - Labour Policy Question 13:
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?

Generic Fashion - Labour Policy Question 14:
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?

Generic Fashion - Labour Policy Question 15:
Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy for the fabric manufacturing phases, including a reasonable overview of number and region of workplaces covered by the policy in relation to the total production volume?

Generic Fashion - Labour Policy Question 16:
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?

Generic Fashion - Labour Policy Question 17:
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?