Sustainable Fashion: Standards, Certifications, and Schemes
Key CertificationsBluesign® The independent bluesign® standard is a certification for the textile industry focusing on legal compliance in relation to environmental health and safety. The certification standard combines aspects of consumer safety, water and air emissions and occupational health, with a particular focus on the reduction of harmful substance usage at early stages of production. www.bluesign.com
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Ethical concerns over the mining of diamonds for sale to wealthy westerners being used to fuel wars, with the miners often working in slavelike environments led to the creation of the concept of conflict-free diamonds. Diamonds advertised as "conflict-free” may still not have been "ethically mined” miners could be children or be working in unsafe conditions. Vagary around the classification of diamonds as conflict-free vs ethically mined doesn’t stop jewellers from making claims regarding their conflict-free diamonds. EU Eco Label The European Ecolabel is a voluntary scheme, established in 1992 to encourage businesses to market products and services that are kinder to the environment. Ecolabel criteria are based on an analysis of the impact of the product or service on the environment throughout its lifecycle. www.ecolabel.eu Fairtrade Certified The FAIRTRADE Mark is an independent consumer label which appears on products to signify that Fairtrade standards have been met. Standards relate to producers and workers and concern fairer terms of trade, better prices and longer lead times to promote security and economic self- sufficiency as well as sustainable production practices. Fairtrade cotton may also be used under a Fairtrade Sourcing Partnership which carries different on-product labelling to the familiar Mark. These standards are established by the Fair Labelling Organisation and are set in accordance to the requirements of the ISEAL Code of Good Practice in standards setting. In relation to textiles the Fairtrade Mark and Fairtrade Sourcing Program is currently only available to certify that the cotton is Fairtrade although a Textile standard has just been approved. www.flo-cert.net and www.fairtrade.org.uk Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold Certification (new) Fairtrade International (FLO) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) combined their expertise to create the Fairtrade and Fairmined gold certification. This groundbreaking initiative enables artisanal and small-scale miners to improve their livelihoods and it assures concerned consumers that the gold jewellery they buy is responsibly sourced. Through an extensive consultation process the two organisations have developed a set of standards for responsible mining, which the miners have to fulfil in order to get certified. www.fairgold.org Global Recycle Standard The Global Recycle Standard has been developed to meet demands, in the textile industry and beyond, for verification of the amount of recycled parts or ingredients in a given product. The GRS provides a track and trace certification system that ensures that the claims made about a product can be officially backed up. www.textileexchange.org/standards-integrity/standards/9614 GOTS certified The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was developed by leading standard organisations with the aim to unify the various existing standards in the field of eco textile processing and to define world-wide recognised requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer. www.global-standard.org National/regional organic standards bodies harmonise using GOTS rather than their own textile standards – these include the Soil Association and other national organic bodies. LEED The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices. LEED certification verifies that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. All certified projects receive a LEED plaque, demonstrating that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work. www.leed.net Made in Green Made in Green is a label which certifies that the product, made in a fully traceable supply chain, has been manufactured in factories which respect the environment and the universal rights of workers. www.madeingreen.com Nordic Swan The Nordic Swan mark demonstrates that a product is a good environmental choice. The “Swan” symbol is available for 65 product groups. The Swan checks that products fulfil certain criteria using methods such as samples from independent laboratories, certificates and control visits. www.nordic-ecolabel.org Oeko-tex The International Oeko-Tex Association has been testing for harmful substances since 1992. It has two certification Labels; The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a global uniform testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production. The Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 is a testing, auditing and certification system for environmentally friendly production sites throughout the textile processing chain. www.oeko-tex.com SA8000 certified A voluntary social standard certification grounded on the principles of core ILO conventions, UN Conventions, and an ISO-style management system, SA8000 is applicable to virtually all industrial sectors. Social Accountability International (SAI) is a global, multi-stakeholder, standards setting organization whose mission is to advance the human rights of workers around the world. www.sa-intl.org Sustainable Fair Trade Management System Sustainable Fair Trade Management System is a recently launched label from the World Fair Trade Organisation. SFTMS is the new worldwide standard for the independent certification of organisations which demonstrate Fair Trade business practices. It provides a dynamic and integrated approach for the certification of production, trading and communication. www.wfto-europe.org/the-wfto-way Textile Exchange Previously known as Organic Exchange, Textile Exchange is a non-profit, member-based organisation dedicated to expanding the organic cotton market with a recent strategic shift to include other sustainable textiles. Working in the important areas of certification, organic farming engagement and public education, TE provides exclusive benefits to members who encompass the entire global textile supply chain. www.textileexchange.org
Some Schemes & InitiativesBSCI Established in 2002 by the FTA (Foreign Trade Association), the Business Social Compliance Initiative is a leading business-driven scheme for companies committed to improving working conditions in the global supply chain. BSCI membership can assist retail, brand, trading and importing companies in their progress toward social compliance goals. www.bsci-intl.org Ethical Trading Initiative The Ethical Trading Initiative is an alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations, working in partnership to improve the supply chains of consumer goods which retail in the UK. ETI has a base code developed from core ILO conventions. ETI membership requires a company to adopt the ETI Base Code in full, and commit to improving labour standards in their supply chains. www.ethicaltrade.org Fair Wear Foundation Fair Wear Foundation is an independent verification initiative that works with garment companies to improve labour conditions in their supply chains. Membership requires agreeing to the FWF Code of Labour Practices. www.fairwear.org Fair Labor Association The Fair Labor Association is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to ending sweatshop conditions in factories worldwide. The FLA holds its participants accountable to the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct. www.fairlabor.org
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