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.)?

Social initiatives

  • 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

Environmental initiatives

  • Bluesign
  • EU Ecolabel
  • GOTS
  • 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?

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