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ASOS

Here you can test your company’s sustainability performance up against the requirements set by ASOS. Please note that this is a generic tool made for educational purposes, and it will only give you an indication – not a final answer.

CSR/SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY
A strategy creates a vision and direction for your company. It is important that everyone has clear goals and are following the same direction or mission. A strategy can provide this vision and prevent individuals from losing sight of the company’s aims.

Does your company have a CSR/Sustainability strategy?

  1. Yes

  2. No

ASOS requires that your company has a CSR/Sustainability strategy.



GUIDELINES & POLICIES
Guidelines and policies helps to make informed decisions and are the core of your company’s way of doing business.

In the following we will look at what guidelines and politices you have in place.

Guidelines on discrimination & gender

  1. Yes

  2. No

ASOS requires that you have guidelines in place regarding discrimination & gender.

Guidelines on child labour

  1. Yes

  2. No

ASOS requires that you have guidelines in place regarding child labour.

Guidelines on forced labour (modern slavery)

  1. Yes

  2. No

ASOS requires that you have guidelines in place regarding forced labour (modern slavery)

Guidelines on freedom of association

  1. Yes

  2. No

ASOS requires that you have guidelines in place regarding freedom of association.


The average wages do not tell the story of how wages are distributed among different groups of wage earners. It is a well-established fact that during recent decades wage inequality has increased in many countries around the world.

Guidelines on wages

  1. Yes

  2. No

ASOS requires that you have guidelines in place regarding wage.

Guidelines on safety & health

  1. Yes

  2. No

Zalando requires that you have guidelines in place regarding safety & health.

Guidelines on anti-corruption

  1. Yes

  2. No

Zalando requires that you have guidelines in place regarding anti-corruption.

Guidelines on raw materials

  1. Yes

  2. No

Zalando requires that you have guidelines in place regarding raw materials.

Guidelines on water pollution

  1. Yes

  2. No

Zalando requires that you have guidelines in place regarding water pollution.

Guidelines on use of water & energy

  1. Yes

  2. No

Zalando requires that you have guidelines in place regarding use of water and energy.

Guidelines on chemicals (REACH)

  1. Yes

  2. No

Zalando requires that you have guidelines in place regarding chemicals.

Guidelines on waste

  1. Yes

  2. No

Zalando requires that you have guidelines in place regarding waste.

Guidelines on animal welfare

  1. Yes

  2. No

Zalando requires that you have guidelines in place regarding the animal welfare.



MATERIALS
The use of more sustainable materials is a powerful way to reduce your company’s environmental impact as some of the biggest sustainability impacts and “hotspots” of textile production lie in the growing and extracting of raw materials.

In the following section we will look at your material mix and how you source it. This is high on the retailers' agenda.

What percentage of the cotton you use in your collection, is from sustainable sources like GOTS, OCS, BCI, CmiA, Fairtrade or recycled cotton?

  1. 50-100% (or I do not use cotton)

  2. Below 49%

ASOS requires that min 50% of the cotton you use comes from a more sustainable source.

Does the down you use in your collection comes from farms without live plucking and forced feeding?

  1. Yes (or I do not use down)

  2. No

If you use down, ASOS requires that 100% of the down comes from farms without live-plucking and forced feeding.

Do you use mulesed merino wool in your collection?

  1. Yes

  2. No (or I do not use merino wool)

If you use merino wool, ASOS requires that 100% of the merino wool is non-mulesed.


Manmade fibers are made of cellulose-based materials that are dissolved in a chemical bath, leaving only the pure cellulose fibers. These fibers are then spun into yarns we know as viscose and rayon etc.

The process of the conventional manmade fibers such as Rayon, Acetat and Viscose from non-certified trees and bamboo includes a vast amount of hazardous chemicals. Chemicals that are often released into local environments. Deforestation is another critical issue for conventional Viscose. To use certified materials is a way of making sure that the production is made in a more sustainable way.

What procentage of the manmade fibers you use in your collection are from sustainable alternatives like Lyocell, Tencell, Refibra, or similar?

  1. 50%-100% (or I do not use manmade fibers)

  2. Below 49%

If you use manmade fibers in your collection, ASOS requires that min 50% of these comes from a more sustainable source.

What percentage of synthetic fibers you use in your collection, are from recycled sources or bio-based?

  1. 50%-100% (or I do not use synthetic fibers)

  2. Below 49%

If you use synthetic fibers in your collection, ASOS requires 50% are from recycled sources or bio-based.


Denim can be produced much more sustainable by reducing the use of water, energy and chemicals; this will significantly reduce the environmental impacts. On the other hand, the problems of the conventional denim production are mainly the vast amount of water and chemicals used and the following waste treatment.

What percentage of the denim in your collection is "Low impact Denim" with focus on water and chemical usage?

  1. 50%-100% (or I do not use denim)

  2. Below 49%

If you use denim in your collection, ASOS requires that min 50% is low impact denim.


Exotic skins are skins from animals such as: Snakes, Crocodiles/alligators, Lizards, and Ostriches.

Animal welfare, as well as conservation issues, remain the biggest concerns when it comes to the exotic skins trade, and many of the animals are skinned alive, mutilated and slaughtered primarily for their skins. That is some of the reasons why this issue is high on the agenda.

Do you use Exotic Skins?

  1. Yes

  2. No

Zalando does not accept the use of exotic skins



CERTIFICATES
Certificats can help ensure that your products are made accordinly to your requirements and can also be a useful guiding element to customers.

If you use BCI cotton, are you BCI certified?

  1. Yes (or I do not use BCI cotton)

  2. No

ASOS requires that you are BCI certified if you use BCI cotton in your collection.

If you use down, are you then RDS (Responsible Down Standard) certified?

  1. Yes (or I do not use down)

  2. No

ASOS requires that you are RDS (Responsible Down Standard) certified if you use down.

If you use wool, are you then RWS (Responsible Wool Standard) certified?

  1. Yes (or I do not use wool)

  2. No

If you use wool, ASOS requires that you are RWS (Responsible Wool Standard) certified.



TRANSPARENCY & TRACEABILITY
Transparency can build trust between brands, customers and partners and can enable accountability.

By being transparent you take a step towards recognising your social and environmental responsibility and the rising demand for information and traceability from conscious customers.

Do you have transparency in tier 1 (manufacturing)?

  1. Yes

  2. No

ASOS requires that you have transparency in your first tier.



Failed

It seems there are things you need to work on to be compliant with ASOS's requirements on sustainability performance.

Please note that this is a tool developed for educational purposes, and will not give you a final answer.

Success

It seems you have everything it takes to be sold on ASOS.

Please note that this is a tool developed for educational purposes, and will not give you a final answer.

Almost there

Based on your answers you are closed to be compliant with ASOS's requirements on sustainability. But there is still work to be done.

Please note that this is a tool developed for educational purposes, and will not give you a final answer.