Sustainable Fashion Checklist
This checklist will help you determine where your company stands in terms of sustainable business practices. It will show which sustainability aspects receive a lot of attention in your company and which aspects could benefit from more emphasis. Schuttelaar & Partners’ FashionTeam will gladly help you take the next step!
- From which materials is your clothing made?
- Do you know the origin of the raw materials?
- Do you consider water, pesticide and energy use, or working conditions when producing materials?
- Is a fair price paid for the (raw) materials?
- Do you use sustainable materials, such as materials with a social and/or environmental quality mark or label? See box.
Examples of sustainable material
- Organic hemp
- Organic cotton
- Organic linen
- Fairtrade cotton
- Recycled cotton
- Recycled nylon
- Recycled polyester
- Recycled wool
- In conversion cotton
- Do you have insight into all production steps: where and how are the ginning, spinning, weaving or knitting, dyeing finishing and assembly done? For example, do you use environmentally friendly dyes and/or treatments?
- Are you aware of the sustainability policies of your suppliers?
- Do you work on long-term relationships with your suppliers, with feasible delivery times and decent payments?
- Are the factories subject to sustainability requirements with regard to environmental and social aspects (code of conduct/adhering to social or environmental standards - see boxes for examples)?
- Is there independent verification of compliance with these requirements?
- What happens if factories fail to meet your sustainability requirements?
- What are your transport activities: distances, means of transport, outsourced, or under own management?
- Do you, or your transport company, take measures to minimise the transport of your products or make it more sustainable (Lean and Green Award, Clean Shipping Index, etc.)?
- BSCI: Business Social Compliance Initiative
- ETI: Ethical Trading Initiative
- FLA: Fair Labour Association
- FWF: Fair Wear Foundation
- GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standard
- SAI: Social Accountability International (SA 8000 certificate)
- WRAP: Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production
- EU Ecolabel
- ISO 14001
- Oeko-tex 100 (products)
- Oeko-tex 1000 (factories)
- Do you have a corporate sustainability policy, including targets?
- Do you communicate about your sustainability policy with employees, customers, suppliers, etc.? For example: through websites, newsletters, sustainability reports, stakeholder and other meetings or labels in the garments.
- Do you work on innovation or collaborative projects in the area of sustainability?
For example: with competitors, government authorities or public organisations.
- Do you donate money, time and knowledge to public organisations?
- Do you try to improve the environmental impact of your offices or production facilities? For example: by reducing energy consumption, using organic catering, sustainable packaging and recycling of garments that are not sold.
- Do you take measures to encourage the sale of sustainable garments?
- What is your personnel policy like? Consider for instance employee satisfaction and absence owing to illness.
- Do your employees receive training on sustainability?
- Do your designers and buyers have sustainability guidelines? For example, do they prefer to purchase sustainable materials, and long-lasting garments that can be easily recycled?
- Do you advise your customers on how to wear and wash their garments in an environmentally friendly manner?
- Do you encourage your customers to hand in old garments for recycling?
- Do you participate in initiatives concerning recycling and upcycling of garments?