Social and environmental responsibility of Nudie Jeans.
Every year we summarize our efforts in a yearly report. The sustainability report contains more details about how we work with materials, production and the products as well as Nudie Jeans as a workplace. It also contains our challenges and goals for the future. Nudie Jeans´ sustainability report for 2018 reflects the activities performed at the Head Office in Gothenburg and our own retail stores, but also includes the impact we create through our production suppliers in Italy, Portugal, Tunisia, Turkey, Poland, Sweden and India.
The denim industry has a high impact on local communities and the environment, and we work the best we can to minimize the negative effects and contribute with positive impacts where possible, in a social, economic and environmental manner. We hope that by sharing and being transparent about our work we will inspire others to take their responsibility for their full product where the impacts occur. We have mapped our value chain and identified where our biggest impacts lie and which topics we need to report on. We start from the GRI standards and the Sustainable Development Goals and have identified our most important stakeholders as customers, suppliers and employees.
As a member of FWF we annually report on our performance. In the social report we summarize the previous year and the activities at supplier level. We are transparent about the findings at the social audits and the complaints received at our suppliers.
"Making sure that our product is made under fair working conditions have been a top priority since day one for Nudie Jeans and is always a key factor in the decision-making process both strategically and operationally. The daily work consists of continuous improvements, via audits, follow ups and innovations as for example the living wage program."
/ Joakim Levin - CEO
As a member of FWF we annually report on our performance. In the Brand Performance check you'll find detailed information on how we work with improving conditions at our suppliers and how we work internally on sustainability, from planning, execution and follow up. At the latest Brand Performance check, we are ranked in the leaders category for the sixth consecutive year.
The Nudie Jeans sustainable material tool is used by our product development department as a guidance on how to reach our goal, to work with 100% sustainable materials. The Material Tool is based on Made By’s Environmental Benchmark for Fibers and the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI). By highlighting the most sustainable and circular fibers, with the aim of further pushing our development, we want to challenge the industry to scrutinize the definition and use of sustainable fibers.
We want to help improve conditions in the garment industry. That’s why we want everyone who works with us to be concerned about human rights, wages, working conditions and social accountability. We also strongly believe in collaborations to achieve a sustainable textile industry, and transparency in the supply chain is the method for it. Nudie Jeans and our suppliers share great responsibility towards all people involved in producing our products. Nudie Jeans requires, through the Code of Conduct, that its suppliers guarantee good working conditions and a good working environment in manufacturing. Our responsibility is to select those suppliers who can guarantee that no-one involved in our production – whether supplier or subcontractor – is denied their basic human rights or suffers any injury. Our conscious choice of suppliers is based on long-term relationships and our sourcing policy.
The Code of Conduct is based on international regulations set by the International Labour Organization (ILO)1 and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights2 and includes the Code of Labour Practice used by Fair Wear Foundation3. The Code of Conduct applies to Nudie Jeans, our suppliers and their subcontractors. Nudie Jeans is aware that there are cultural and legislative differences between countries. The code of conduct contains the basic requirements we demand of all our suppliers and subcontractors.
Nudie Jeans’ environmental intention is to work with a production performing beyond the national legislation and EU legislation by endorsing voluntary schemes and choosing sustainable materials and production processes. To meet the high environmental ambition of Nudie Jeans, we have strict requirements, stated in our Chemical Policy, on both chemicals that can remain in the end product (product related chemicals), but also on chemicals used in the production (process chemicals).
Requirement on product related chemicals are listed in the Restricted Substance List (RSL) and requirement on process chemicals are listed in the manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL). In addition to following our RSL and our MRSL, we require that our suppliers are updated on, and in compliance with, the EU legislation as well as any local or national laws applicable (see the section Legal Requirements below). Our requirements are in line with best practices within the textile industry and legislation in our sales countries in and outside the EU. In case of differences between the legal requirements and the voluntary requirements referred to in this document, the stricter version should be applied.
Nudie Jeans environmental Policy aims to provide a focus on the company´s environmental work within different areas. The environmental policy is to be followed up, evaluated and revised at regular intervals, for the best possible results.
Nudie Jeans is striving to take responsibility for the full product, this means that we want to take responsibility from the raw material to the end of life of the product. The Human Rights Policy is reflecting our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all of our business relationships. The values are based on the UN guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP).
Since we operate in the UK, we are bound to follow the The Modern slavery Act 2015 as per UK law, that are directed at businesses to increase transparency and encourage responsibility in their supply chains. The Human Rights Policy include details on the actions taken to date to tackle modern slavery within our supply chain and business operations.
The Nudie Jeans Animal welfare policy lists our special requirements when it comes to materials from animals. Nudie Jeans’s ambition is that all animals should live under good animal husbandry, where The Five Freedoms set up by the World Organization by Animal Health (OIE) is the baseline. We believe that no animal should suffer for the manufacturing of our products.