Managing and monitoring manufacturing impacts (chemicals, energy, water and waste).
G-Star has maintained a detailed strategy to improve the environmental impact of its suppliers and focuses on reducing suppliers’ impacts. The brand has continued to implement Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) policies as well as continues to support its suppliers to become Bluesign business partners. G-Star has developed policies and guides such as the ‘Environmental Guideline’ which set out its expectations for all suppliers to manage water, energy and chemical footprints. These comprehensive activities are reflected in a level 1 score of 100%.
G-Star has continued to maintain a supplier onboarding and ranking system which assesses a suppliers’ environmental engagement before becoming a G-Star supplier. Beyond setting policies, G-Star conducts site audits, assessing topics such whether a supplier has an Environmental Management System and an effluent treatment plant with adequate capacity. This results in a level 2 score of 94%.
G-Star ensures that strategic suppliers maintain industry best practice chemical management standards. The brand has policies in place, such as its Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL), which sets limits for potentially hazardous chemicals within production. G-Star’s CR Director is an acting board member of ZDHC. There is still an opportunity for G-Star to ensure it prioritises procurement from direct and indirect suppliers with the best environmental performance and to work further with its suppliers to review colour management processes, resulting in a level 3 score of 73%.