When was MADE-BY launched?
In direct response to rising consumer concern in Europe over social and environmental issues in the fashion industry, MADE-BY was launched in 2004. Since then, MADE-BY has grown with offices in Germany and the United Kingdom as well as in the Netherlands.
What is MADE-BY’s relationship with Solidaridad?
Solidaridad has a history of developing initiatives to bring about positive change and in 2004 founded MADE-BY. Prior to that in 1988 the NGO founded the Max Havelaar coffee label, considered the starting point for the Fairtrade movement. Having introduced Fairtrade coffee, Solidaridad went on to develop a similar scheme for bananas in 1996. In 2001, Solidaridad moved on to clothing and established Kuyichi, as sustainable fashion brand sold in more than 500 leading stores across Europe. This led directly to Solidaridad helping to launch what is now MADE-BY, with Kuyichi named as MADE-BY’s first partner brand.
Solidaridad and MADE-BY are separate entities. We do however regularly collaborate, undertaking a range of social and environmental improvement projects with brand suppliers. Together we aim to address a wide range of global issues including: unsafe working conditions, working hours, low wages, energy inefficiencies in production, pesticide use in cotton farming and water use in dyeing houses.
Who does MADE-BY work with?
MADE-BY works with high street to luxury fashion brands and retailers on a holistic range of in depth social and environmental projects at both brand level and within the supply chain. These include strategies on cotton, leather, chemical uses and social improvement programmes. For more details on our consultancy projects see here.
Alongside our bespoke support we offer brands long term partnership. Each of our partners report their sustainability journey through our set of unique Scorecards, which record step-by-step improvements. The Scorecards are based on Benchmarks of existing international standards. MADE-BY’s benchmarking methodology includes third-party consultation and is published on the MADE-BY website. MADE-BY believe that benchmarking existing standards rather than creating new ones builds harmonies, reduces the duplication of effort and frees brands to concentrate on creating real changes.
What is MADE-BY’s organisational structure?
MADE-BY is a not-for-profit organisation. Our Board of Directors at the MADE-BY Foundation has a multi-stakeholder structure, comprising representatives from brands and civil society organisations. The MADE-BY Foundation in the Netherlands wholly owns the MADE-BY entities in Germany and the UK.
In 2016 Sabine Ritter was appointed CEO of the Foundation. The CEO of MADE-BY reports to the Board.
Where can I find information on product and management standards?
We have created a short summary of some of the most popular product and management standards.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
GOTS is the worldwide leading textile processing voluntary certification standard for organic fibres, such as cotton, linen and hemp, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. It traces the fibre through the entire textile supply chain after the harvesting/farming stage. GOTS also sets additional environmental and social requirements for processing.
Global Recycle Standard (GRS)
GRS is a standard developed to ensure greater sourcing clarity on recycled materials right through the production supply chain. It is intended for companies that wish to make a content claim on the amount of recycled material in the final product. It is based on the certification of the full chain of custody for recycled products; incorporating environmental and social criteria.
Organic Content Standard (OCS – Previously OE Standards)
The Organic Content Standard by Textile Exchange is a voluntary certification standard for organically grown fibres such as cotton, linen and hemp. The two versions, the OCS 100 Standard and the OCS Blended Standard, are used for tracking and documenting the use of certified organic fibres in yarns, fabrics and finished goods. It provides independent certification of the used fibre in the entire textile supply chain after the harvesting/farming stage.
The bluesign® standard is an independent industrial textile standard directed and implemented by bluesign technologies. It is designed as a comprehensive Input-Stream-Management-System that is built around the principles of resource productivity, consumer safety, air emission, water emission and occupational health and safety.
EU Eco Flower
The EU Eco Flower is a product label and a voluntary certification system developed by the European Commission to promote products which have the potential to reduce negative environmental impacts and contribute to the efficient use of resources and a high level of environmental protection.
ISO 14000 is a family of environmental management standards that provide organisations with a practical toolbox to assist in the implementation of actions supportive to sustainable development. It is a framework to manage environmental aspects, assess their environmental performance and support the auditing system.
Who are MADE-BY partner organisations?
- Agentschap NL / Ministerie van Economische Zaken, Den Haag, The Netherlands, www.agentschapnl.nl
- AMFI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, www.amfi.nl
- Amsterdam Fashion Week, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, www.amsterdamfashionweek.com
- Better Cotton Initiative, Geneva, Switzerland, www.bettercotton.org
- British Fashion Council / Estethica, London, United Kingdom, www.britishfashioncouncil.co.uk
- Brown and Wilmanns Environmental, LLC, Santa Barbara, USA, www.bw-environmental.com
- Business Social Compliance International, Brussels, Belgium, www.bsci-intl.org
- C.L.A.S.S., London, UK / Milan, Italy / New York, USA, www.classecohub.org
- DEFRA, London, United Kingdom, www.defra.gov.uk
- DFID, London, United Kingdom, www.dfid.gov.uk
- Environmental Justice Foundation, London, United Kingdom, www.ejfoundation.org
- European Outdoor Group, Zug, Switzerland, www.europeanoutdoorgroup.com
- Ethical Fashion Forum, London, United Kingdom, www.ethicalfashionforum.com
- European Union, Brussels, Belgium, www.europa.eu
- Fair Wear Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, www.fairwear.org
- FGO part of BSI, Bad Honnef, Germany, www.fachgruppe-outdoor.de / www.bsi-sport.de
- Historic Futures, Witney, United Kingdom, www.historicfutures.com
- House of Orange, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, www.houseoforange.nl
- London College of Fashion, London, United Kingdom, www.fashion.arts.ac.uk
- Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, Den Haag, The Netherlands, www.rijksoverheid.nl/ministeries/bz
- Ministrie van Infrastructuur en Milieu, Den Haag, The Netherlands, www.rijksoverheid.nl/ministeries/ienm
- Nationale Postcode Loterij, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, www.postcodeloterij.nl
- NCDO, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, www.ncdo.nl
- Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom, www.ntu.ac.uk
- PAN UK, London, United Kingdom, www.pan-uk.org
- Reed Smith, London, United Kingdom, www.reedsmith.com
- Resource Futures, Bristol, United Kingdom, www.resourcefutures.co.uk
- Social Accountability International, New York, United States, www.sa-intl.org
- Solidaridad, Utrecht, The Netherlands, www.solidaridad.nl
- Stichting Doen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, www.doen.nl
- Sustainable Apparel Coalition, San Francisco, United States, www.apparelcoalition.org
- Textile Exchange, Oakland, United States, www.textileexchange.org
- VGT (Nederlandse Vereniging van Groot winkelbedrijven in Textiel), Leidschendam, The Netherlands, www.rndweb.nl
- Waste & Resources Action Programme, Sustainable Clothing Action Plan, Banbury, United Kingdom, www.wrap.org.uk
- Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals, www.roadmaptozero.com
Where can I find more information on organisations working in the field of sustainability?
MADE-BY has compiled a list of organisations that share a similar ethos to MADE-BY but are not formal partners.
Labour Code Initiatives
- Social Accountability International
- Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production (WRAP)
- Fair Wear Foundation
- Fair Labour Association (FLA)
- Business Social Compliance Initiative
- Ethical Trading Initiative
- Fairtrade Foundation
- Fairtrade Labelling Organisation International
- World Fair Trade Organization
- Max Havelaar Foundation
Campaigning Organisations and International Development Charities
- Anti-Slavery International
- Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC)
- Central American Women’s Network
- Clean Clothes Campaign
- Global March Against Child Labour
- Homeworkers Worldwide
- Human Rights First
- International Labour Rights Fund
- Labour Behind the Label
- Maquila Solidarity Network
- Oxfam GB
- Save the Children
- Women Working Worldwide
Governmental and International Organisations
- International Labour Organisation (ILO)
- ILO helpdesk
- International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC)
Publications, Think Tanks and Trade Union Organisations
- Ethical Fashion Forum
- Ethical Performance
- Forum for the Future
- Institute of Development Studies
- Institute for Human Rights and Business
- New Economics Foundation
- Organic Cotton
How did the MADE-BY Fibre and Social Scorecard work?
MADE-BY launched MODE Tracker in October 2014, as an evolution of our previous Scorecard system, which ran for nearly 10 years. For partner brands that have transitioned to MODE Tracker from this system, historical versions of their previous Scorecards are available to view under the History section of their MODE Tracker page, or below:
Vivobarefoot: No previous scorecards.
Each Scorecard illustrated:
- % of a brand’s factories that are socially certified
- % of organic cotton
- % of environmentally friendly materials
- Kilograms of organic cotton
- Brand sourcing regions
Learn more about MADE-BY’s new MODE Tracker scorecard system here: www.made-by.org/modetracker/about/