Sustainability is key to how we operate at G-Star RAW. It is a process of continuous improvement in both the social and the environmental impact of our products. We have been embedding sustainability in the core of our business since 2006. Take a look at our Sustainability Milestones Overview to see some of the highlights throughout that ongoing journey.
Strategy and Reporting
Our approach to sustainability has evolved and improved over the years, our long-term focus includes key sustainability priorities specified in goals for 2025 and long-term ambitions for 2030. These are commitments built on many foundations, such as our risk assessments covering the different phases of our value chain and the use of sustainable materials in our collection. Working with different industry partners and tools such as the Higg Index of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and the programs of Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals with our suppliers, has ensured that we can measure and track impact, and scale across our value chain. We report annually on our progress and achievement through the G-Star RAW Sustainability report.
Goals & Ambitions
- Elevate and improve fair, safe and healthy working conditions in G-Star RAW supply chain.
- Improve current complaint systems towards global independency and confidentiality to strengthen workers voices in G-Star RAW supply chain.
- Collaborate industry wide through “ACT on living wages”, to define the roadmap towards a fair wage framework.
- Train responsible G-Star teams and suppliers on: timely planning & forecasting, defining labor costing within purchasing prices and discussing fair terms of payment.
- Work towards an industry wide agreement on regional living wages and support implementation in G-Star RAW production countries.
- Increase the use of Cradle to Cradle Certified™ fabrics in G-Star RAW collection.
- 20% of our collection is made with Cradle Certified™ fabrics.
- Define roadmap to achieve sustainable materials goals.
- 75% of our collection will be made of recycled and/or organic/bio-based /compostable materials.
- 100% of our collection will be made of recycled and/or organic/bio-based/compostable materials.
- Define roadmap to achieve climate goals.
- Reduce 15% of GHG emissions by 2025.
- Reduce 30% of GHG emissions by 2030.
- Ensure the ban of hazardous chemicals in G-Star RAW supply chain.
- Phase out all unsustainable chemical applications in G-Star RAW products.
- Report on our sustainability performance through a verified industry benchmark (Higg Brand & Retail Module).
- Offer full transparency about the environmental performance of our materials for all garments through our fiber ranking.
- Offer full transparency through on-product sustainability ranking, including environmental & social performance.
To better understand the potential risks and impacts, we assess them across the lifecycle stages of our garments. We also assess each of our production countries based on their national regulations/laws, cultural, social and economic challenges.
This is why we make assessments aligned with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector, as reflected in our Sustainability Strategy, Supplier Code of Conduct, Sustainable Supply Chain Handbook, Social and Labor Guidelines and our UK Modern Slavery Act Statement (see downloads).
Our Sustainability Department implements the Sustainability Strategy within and beyond our own operations. The team specializes in social and environmental sustainability across the supply chain and has a presence across the Netherlands and Asia. An important company focus is to further integrate our sustainability work throughout our organization. The departments that are actively involved in carrying out our sustainability strategy include Design, Product Development, Merchandise, Purchasing & Pricing, Quality Assurance, Sourcing, Logistics, Marketing, Communications and Sustainability.
REPORTING AND TRANSPARENCY
To deliver on our strategy, we enable external stakeholders to hold us accountable when it comes to assessing our data-backed sustainability performance. This includes transparent reporting.
Our first sustainability scorecard was developed with MADE-BY in 2013, and we progressed to a MODE tracker disclosure in 2015 until 2017. Since 2018 we have reported using the Higg Brand and Retail ‘Beta’ Module (BRM). This is the most commonly used tool in the apparel sector to measure the environmental and social impacts, enabling meaningful improvements.
In 2020, we produced a 2019 Sustainability Report that meets the reporting requirements of the Dutch Agreement on a Sustainable Garments and Textiles, of which we are a signatory, and to follow the OECD Due diligence guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector. It focused on our 2020 strategy and 2019 progress.
In the future, we will use the Higg BRM to track, measure and share the social and environmental impact of our value chain. G-Star’s annual sustainability report will reflect on our yearly performances regarding our strategy, including our goals and ambitions, while also determining the future approach.
Providing oversight of the supply chain is part of our commitment to the apparel sector’s Transparency Pledge. For five years, we have made our Manufacturing Map public – so anyone can trace the origin of a G-Star RAW product, now covering approximately 95% of our production volume (this differs per season). In addition to the map, we publish further detail on our direct suppliers, processing facilities and nominated fabric mills in our Manufacturing List, which is available on the Open Apparel Registry, an open source tool, which maps garment factories worldwide.