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G-Star

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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.


Engagement

These are the topics on which G-Star engage. Browse below:

History

G-Star's progress:



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


Engagement: In Depth



Product

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%.


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Manufacturing

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.


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People

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%.


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Use & Durability

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.


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Product Waste

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.


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Transparency

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%.


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Packaging & Transport

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%.


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Own Operations

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%.


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