When was MADE-BY launched?

What is MADE-BY’s relationship with Solidaridad?

Who does MADE-BY work with?

What is MADE-BY’s organisational structure?

Where can I find information on product and management standards?

Who are MADE-BY partner organisations?

Where can I find more information on organisations working in the field of sustainability?

How did the MADE-BY Fibre and Social Scorecard work?


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Product 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.

Management Standards

bluesign®
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.

ISO14000
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.

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Who are MADE-BY partner organisations?

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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

Fairtrade Organisations

Campaigning Organisations and International Development Charities

Governmental and International Organisations

Publications, Think Tanks and Trade Union Organisations

Business Alliances

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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:

G-Star: Previous scorecards: 2012 / 2013 / 2014

Haikure: Previous scorecards: 2012 / 2013 / 2014

Ted Baker: Previous scorecards: 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014

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/

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