Communicating social and environmental impacts and activities with clarity and completeness.
G-Star publishes commitments to manage its social and environmental impacts online. These commitments are backed up by public policies such as G-Star’s Restricted Substance List, Manufacturing Restricted Substance List and Code of Conduct. G-Star provides case studies and a public narrative on its internal and supply chain sustainability activities and informs consumers of the sustainable material content of specific products at point of sale. The breadth of these activities is reflected in a level 1 score of 95%.
G-Star publicly communicates some detailed information behind the broad commitments evaluated in level 1. This includes the publication of first tier suppliers by name and location through an online manufacturing map, which describes improvement activities by supplier. G-Star has also made a public commitment to Detox by 2020, and publishes progress updates on the elimination of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain. There remains scope to extend this communication to include more detailed performance information around social and other non-supply chain targets, resulting in a score of 55% level 2.
G-Star has launched campaigns to engage consumers on reduction on ocean plastic, and has published some deeper information on its supply chain efforts, particularly around supplier improvements in Bangladesh. There remains scope to extend its communication to include efforts deeper in the supply chain (beyond level 1 and vertically integrated suppliers) and to include more comprehensive detail on supplier improvements, resulting in a score of 50% at level 3.