G-Star has been a denim pioneer for over twenty five years, known worldwide for its cutting edge style and innovations. G-Star began publishing scorecards with MADE-BY in 2012 with the aim of verifying and communicating its use of more sustainable materials and improving the social and environmental conditions in its factories.
These are the topics on which G-Star engage. Browse below:
Each cube is broken down into three levels:
Level 1: Set ambition and build foundation
Level 2: Make steady progress
Level 3: Adopt best practice
See below for details.
Previous scorecards: 2012 / 2013 / 2014
Creating more sustainable products, through using more sustainable materials and intermediate processing techniques.
G-Star has built a foundation for using more sustainable materials within its collections and has committed to eliminating the use of hazardous chemicals by 2020, resulting in a level 1 score of 100%. G-Star has invested in training its internal product teams on the use of more sustainable materials, with these materials making up 14% of its collection in 2015 (level 2 score of 78%). While G-Star has integrated sustainable materials into its collection it could further demonstrate the environmental impact reductions achieved by integrating more sustainable intermediate processing techniques, resulting in a level 3 score of 29%.
Managing and monitoring manufacturing impacts (chemicals, energy, water and waste).
G-Star has built a strong foundation to reduce the impact of its manufacturing processes, with a clear strategy and policies communicating its requirements to suppliers, resulting in a score of 100% at level 1. G-Star has set targets and implemented management systems to assess the impacts within its supply base, this includes conducting environmental audits against its code of conduct, resulting in a score of 94% at level 2. G-Star has demonstrated some best practice through implementing tools to support suppliers to meet environmental thresholds, there is room for G-Star to extend the scope of these activities resulting in a score of 49% at level 3.
Managing labour standards and human rights in the supply chain.
G-Star has a comprehensive foundation of policies and processes to monitor labour standards within its supply chain, reflected in a level 1 score of 100%. G-Star has invested in internal capabilities, and third-party auditing to deliver these policies, resulting in a level 2 score of 84%. In the supply chain, G-Star has conducted targeted capability building with factories; however there remains scope to extend these activities more broadly, resulting in a level 3 score of 46%.
Managing product-use impacts and extending product life.
G-Star has a strategy to manage the durability of its clothing and has established quality monitoring manuals and testing procedures to address product durability, resulting in a score of 80% at level 1. G-Star’s senior management is formally accountable for improving durability and has clear timeframes in which to achieve this. There is opportunity for G-Star to demonstrate how it educates consumers on product care and to encourage customers to extend the life span of its products, resulting in a level 2 score of 28% and a score of 53% at level 3.
Managing post-consumer textile waste through reuse, recycling and improved design.
G-Star has a strategy to address its product waste and has ongoing partnerships to recycle and repurpose production samples. G-Star tracks total volumes of product waste but is yet to measure the division per waste stream, leading to a score of 68%. G-Star has the ambition to close the loop and is a member of Fashion Positive and the Dutch National Action Plan. G-Star is yet to find a solution to take back old garments from consumers for recycling, leading to a score of 41% at level 2. G-Star has demonstrated some best practice through recycling denims into new collections, but it is yet to quantify product waste reductions, resulting in a score of 35% at level 3.
Communicating social and environmental impacts and activities with clarity and completeness.
G-Star has a foundation for transparent communication of its impacts, publishing commitments and policies to manage these impacts resulting in a level 1 score of 95%. These are backed up by publication of first tier suppliers, and a target to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals in its supply chain by 2020. However there remains scope to communicate in more detail around other impacts, resulting in a level 2 score of 55%. G-Star is beginning to engage consumers; however there is room for more comprehensive communication on its supply chain capacity building efforts including publishing non-first tier suppliers, leading to a level 3 score of 50%.
Managing impacts from transporting and packaging products.
G-Star prioritises transporting its products by sea freight and measures material composition of its packaging, resulting in a level 1 score of 85%. G-Star has a target to reduce GHG emissions by 25% by 2020 and has begun to use less impactful packaging materials such as recycled or FSC paper. There is opportunity for G-Star to quantify its use of sustainable packaging, reflected in a level 2 score of 48%. G-Star has demonstrated some best practice and maintains a Restricted Substance List (RSL) for packaging materials. There is room to extend its practices to engage consumers, leading to a level 3 score of 39%.
Managing impacts within brand owned, operated and/or controlled facilities (excluding any manufacturing facilities).
G-Star has a strategy to reduce its energy consumption, water usage and waste of its own operations. G-Star monitors its energy consumption, however there remains scope to implement reductions based on this data, resulting in a level 1 score of 73%. G-Star ensures that senior staff are accountable for implementation and sets targets for GHG emissions and waste. G-Star calculates GHG emissions in accordance with industry best practices, however, there remains opportunity to address the impacts of water and to demonstrate a continual reduction in GHG emissions resulting in a level 2 score of 59% and a level 3 score of 34%.