WE Fashion is a Dutch fashion brand with stylish, quality and accessible collections for Men, Women and Kids. WE Fashion clothing always corresponds to its smart signature. This is the first MODE Tracker publication for WE Fashion, the results are not yet complete, streamlined and perfect but deeper insight offers us the opportunity to improve and grow in the years ahead.
These are the topics on which WE Fashion engage. Browse below:
Creating more sustainable products, through using more sustainable materials and intermediate processing techniques.
WE Fashion has a comprehensive strategy to reduce the environmental impact of its products, which centres on integrating more sustainable fibres into its collections. These foundational activities have resulted in a score of 100% at level 1. In 2017, 18.9% of WE Fashion’s collection was produced using more sustainable materials. WE Fashion has a supplier portal which raises awareness of its sustainability goals and policies. These activities are reflected in a score of 80% at level 2. The brand offers knowledge building to direct suppliers and relevant internal departments. There is room for the brand to integrate more sustainable trims into its overall collection and to use more sustainable intermediate processing techniques, resulting is a level 3 score of 23%.
Managing labour standards and human rights in the supply chain.
WE Fashion continues to have a very comprehensive set of policies and processes to monitor labour standards within its supply chain. This wide-ranging foundation is reflected in a level 1 score of 100%. WE Fashion continues to monitor the social compliance of its direct suppliers and has further developed its purchasing practice processes, resulting in a level 2 score of 90%. WE Fashion has further developed its work to calculate living wages and carries out systematic human rights risks assessments. There is room for the brand to undertake activities to ensure freedom of association and to set up a process to record and disclose the details of its human rights grievances reflected in a level 3 score of 35%.
Managing post-consumer textile waste through reuse, recycling and improved design.
WE Fashion has a strategy to reduce the environmental impact of product waste and has a process to track total sample volume, customer returns and damaged goods, resulting in a level 1 score of 94%. WE Fashion has reduced the use of physical samples by 84% since 2014. These activities have resulted in a level 2 score of 88%. WE Fashion has started to implement a closed-loop project under ECAP. The brand is developing products with recycled fibres. There is an opportunity to increase the proportion of its products with lower end-of-life impacts, resulting in a level 3 score of 24%.
Communicating social and environmental impacts and activities with clarity and completeness.
WE Fashion publicly acknowledges the social and environmental impacts of its supply chain and own operations. The brand publicly shares its Code of Conduct, RSL and other policies on its website. These foundational activities have resulted in a level 1 score of 93%. Through the publication of its CSR Report, WE Fashion has set targets to manage human rights, labour standards and environmental impacts in its supply chain. The brand has disclosed its CMT and vertically integrated suppliers to the Dutch Textile Covenant but there is room for the brand to also present this information on its own website, resulting in a level 2 score of 55%. This year WE Fashion did not submit evidence for level 3, which evaluates best practice.
Managing impacts from transporting and packaging products.
WE Fashion has a comprehensive strategy to reduce the impacts of its packaging and transport and has a process to review progress against its commitments, resulting in a level 1 score of 72%. WE Fashion has set SMART targets to reduce the impacts of it packaging and transport activities. There is an opportunity for the brand to further prioritise and implement environmental impact reduction activities relevant to the transportation of its products, resulting in a level 2 score of 49%. WE Fashion demonstrated best practice in engaging consumers to minimise the environmental impact of packaging. There is an opportunity for the brand to investigate innovative approaches to packaging, resulting in a level 3 score of 25%.
Managing impacts within brand owned, operated and/or controlled facilities (excluding any manufacturing facilities).
WE Fashion has formally acknowledged the impact of its own operations in relation to water and waste and has set reduction targets for 2020. The brand has a process to regularly monitor progress against these targets. There is the opportunity for the brand to prioritise and implement GHG reduction activities according to greatest impacts, resulting in a score of 61% at level 1 and a level 2 score of 26%. WE Fashion has maintained its small-scale waste reduction project. There is room for the brand to expand on this and identify larger scale waste and water reduction activities according to greatest impacts, these activities have resulted in a level 3 score of 3%.