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Social Responsibility

At Scotch & Soda, we give the same love and attention to the sustainable production of our garments, as we do to their design. One of our top priorities is to run our business with greater sensitivity to the world around us, and we strive to make issues surrounding the environment, animal welfare, and safe working conditions a priority. Making fashion a fairer, the more sustainable industry is a challenge we embrace. Our Social Responsibility policy outlines our stance on all of these issues, as well as the steps we're taking to integrate them.

We are proud supporters of animal welfare – which is why we are committed to being a 100% fur-free brand.

ANGORA & OTHER RABBIT HAIR

As furry rabbits are not kept in a species-appropriate manner, rabbit hair and angora wool must not be used in Scotch & Soda products.

ANIMAL TESTING

Scotch & Soda does not support animal testing for cosmetic products. All our cosmetic products – or the raw materials used in their formulation – are not tested on animals.

CASHMERE & MOHAIR

Cashmere and mohair used in Scotch & Soda products must be sourced from producers with good animal husbandry. From the FW19 collection onwards, Scotch & Soda will no longer use mohair.

ENDANGERED SPECIES

Any materials derived from endangered species appearing on either the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) or the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) lists must not be used in Scotch & Soda products.

FEATHERS & DOWN

Any feathers or down used in Scotch & Soda products must be sourced as a by-product of the meat industry (excluding foie gras production) and from producers with good animal husbandry. No feathers or down must be harvested through live-plucking. Where possible, we will replace feathers and down with Primaloft, a patented synthetic thermal insulator.

FUR

Real fur or pelts must not be used in Scotch & Soda products. An exception is fur products (hair on hides) from cows, pigs, goats, and sheep if they are sourced as a by-product of the meat industry and from producers with good animal husbandry.

LEATHER & SKIN

Any leather or skin must be sourced as a by-product of the meat industry and from producers that practice good animal husbandry. Leather or skin must not be obtained whilst the animal is still alive or from aborted animals. Skins from wild-caught animals and exotic animals must not be used in Scotch & Soda products.

WOOL

Wool must be sourced from producers with good animal husbandry. Merino wool used in Scotch & Soda products must not be sourced from farmers who practice mulesing.

Choosing sustainable fabrics

Balancing quality, comfort, and sustainability is key when it comes to choosing our fabrics. Cotton is an important fabric in our collections, but it's not without environmental consequences. It's for this reason we choose to source cotton from the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), as well as organic sources. Our goal is to source 50% more sustainable cotton by 2022; reaching 100% by 2025.

Choosing better cotton – and its farmers

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) aims to transform cotton production worldwide by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. Whenever you purchase a cotton garment from Scotch & Soda, you're supporting The Better Cotton Initiative. You're also supporting BCI farmers, who use water efficiently, care for the health of natural habitats, reduce the use of harmful chemicals, and respect the rights and wellbeing of workers.

Spotlight on: alternative fabric sources

A plant-derived fiber alternative, hemp can usually be grown without pesticides or insecticides. Hemp can grow in many types of soil, and it takes less water to produce more plants per acre than conventional cotton.

Speaking of which, when cotton is produced organically, it requires 95% less water which results in it being a much more sustainable fiber choice. For cotton to be considered organic, it needs to be grown on land that has been certified free of pesticides for at least three years and from plants which are not genetically modified. In addition to using much less water, the production of organic cotton also engages fair labor practices, and nets higher prices for the cotton farmer.

Together with our factories, stores, and head office, we're working hard on a range of energy-efficient measures, including installing LED lighting and using energy-efficient machinery. Scotch & Soda also encourages employees to travel by bike or public transport.

Our stores and head office operate 100% on renewable energy. We closely monitor our transport network, so we can plan the supply and removal of materials to reduce transport and therefore CO2 emissions. When it comes to our factories, most of them already utilise solar panels or other sources of renewable energy – in addition to having a zero-waste-to-landfill policy.

Together, we are continuously looking for circular ways to reduce our environmental impact, ideally reducing the impact to zero. This is done partly within the certificates that the factories hold, and partly by their own initiative. One way to mitigate the environmental impact is through the 3R concept: the reduction, recycling, and reuse of water in the manufacturing process.

Scotch and Soda have a collaboration with Eelco who will collect used cartridges in our offices. These cartridges are recycled and the revenue goes towards KIKA. This way, we support their mission for innovative research and other activities in the area of childhood cancer.

In November 2019, at least 70% of the factories Scotch & Soda works with, scored an ‘acceptable’ or higher rating under the Amfori BSCI Code of Conduct. For the remaining 30%, a plan to increase these scores is already underway. These factories manufacture at least 90% of Scotch & Soda garments.

In addition to the Amfori BSCI standard, 20% of our factories comply with other important standards. These include the ISO 1400, which outlines requirements for effective environmental management systems; the SA8000, a body encouraging socially acceptable workplace practices; the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS); and the Global Recycle Standard (GRS).

Some factories have established their own initiatives for additional labor conditions. Examples include offering childcare and education for employees' children and organising sports and other ways for employees to relax.

When it comes to producing denim, we emphatically avoid sandblasting. A technique used for giving denim a worn-in look, sandblasting produces silica dust that can be detrimental to workers' health if performed without suitable protective wear. As an alternative, we use ozone and laser treatments, both of which substantially reduce water and chemical use.

On top of the strict legal regulations, all our suppliers comply with the Scotch & Soda Restricted Substance List (RSL). This list is raising the bar of applicable legal regulations; to guarantee that the legislation surrounding the proper use of chemicals and substances is upheld. To ensure compliance, our products are regularly checked by third party certified testing laboratories.

Some of the factories that Scotch and Soda works with:

DYONTEX POPMODE LIMITED Maimianqiao Village Jishigang Industrial Zone Ningbo, Zhejiang
The parent company: NINGBO DYON IMP&EXP CO.,LTD
Number of workers: maximum 460

Denim AUTHORITY
Boulevard de l'Environnement 7070
Ras Jebel, Tunisia
Number of workers: maximum 1,182

Denim AUTHORITY
Boulevard de l'Environnement 7070
Ras Jebel, Tunisia
Number of workers: maximum 1,182

Radnik Exports
186 Udyog Vihar
D201, Sector 63
Noida – 201301
Uttar Pradesh, India
Number of workers: 1789

Radnik Exports
186 Udyog Vihar
Phase 1 Gurgaon – 122016
Haryana, India
Number of workers: 1201

 

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