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Zalando

Here you can test your companies sustainability performance up against the requirements set by Zalando. 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

Zalando 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.

Do you have guidelines on discrimination & gender?

  1. Yes

  2. No

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

Do you have guidelines on child labour

  1. Yes

  2. No

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

Do you have guidelines on forced labour (modern slavery)

  1. Yes

  2. No

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

Do you have guidelines on freedom of association

  1. Yes

  2. No

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

Do you have guidelines on wage?

  1. Yes

  2. No

Zalando requires that you have guidelines in place regarding wages.

Do you have guidelines on safety & health?

  1. Yes

  2. No

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

Do you have guidelines on anti-corruption?

  1. Yes

  2. No

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

Do you have guidelines on raw materials?

  1. Yes

  2. No

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

Do you have guidelines on water pollution?

  1. Yes

  2. No

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

Do you have guidelines on use of water & energy?

  1. Yes

  2. No

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

Do you have guidelines on chemicals (REACH)?

  1. Yes

  2. No

Zalando requires that you have guidelines in place regarding chemicals.

Do you have 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%

Zalando 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, Zalando requires that 100% of the down comes from farms without live-plucking and forced feeding.

What percentage of the wool you use in your collection is from sustainable sources like organic, recycled or RWS certified?

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

  2. Below 49%

If you use wool, Zalando requires that min 50% is from a more sustainable source like organic, recycled or RWS certified.

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, Zalando requires that 100% of the merino wool is non-mulesed.



Leather: The issues linked to the leather industry are widespread: From working conditions, animal welfare and environmental issues. The conventional leather production often includes harmful chemicals (like chromium salts), hazardous waste-water, waste dumping, forced labour and poor working conditions.

The objective of The Leather Working Group is to develop and maintain a protocol that assesses the environmental compliance and performance capabilities of leather manufacturers and promotes sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry.

How much of the leather you use in your collection is sourced from The Leather Working group tanneries or a similar alternative?

  1. Yes (or I do not use leather)

  2. No

If you use leather it is required that this comes from a tannery member of the leather working group or a similar alternative and have a policy on animal-welfare and working conditions.


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, Zalando requires that min 50% of these comes from a more sustainable source.


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, Zalando requires that min 50% of this 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




Failed

It seems there are things you need to work on to be compliant with Zalando'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 Zalando.

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 Zalando'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.