SUSTAINABILITY

We are committed to making the denim world a better, more responsible place. Every day we have in mind a long-term commitment that we pursue through projects like ISKO Earth Fit™, that form an integral part of ISKO.

SUSTAINABILITY

We are committed to making the denim world a better, more responsible place. Every day we have in mind a long-term commitment that we pursue through projects like ISKO Earth Fit™, that form an integral part of ISKO.

Our Commitment

Sustainability is inherent to ISKO's DNA: every day we value responsibility and a 360-degree innovation. This is something we take seriously and we are dedicated to doing this with beauty, heart, and creativity.

Our Certifications

The purpose of using fibers and materials that are certified is to ensure that all of the work that is done towards sustainability in the textile industry is genuine, credible and leads to real and meaningful change. The primary way that this is accomplished is through independent third-party certification to standards set by the accreditation bodies and standard-bearers. ISKO is fully committed to the integrity and traceability of the fibers and materials used in our patented products, and we strive to have every single process and input ingredient certified to the highest possible standards to underpin ISKO’s responsible innovation.

The EU Ecolabel is a label of environmental excellence that is awarded to products and services meeting high environmental standards throughout their life-cycle.

The Nordic SWAN Ecolabel enables consumers and professional buyers to choose the environmentally best goods and services. It evaluates a product’s total lifecycle from raw material to waste/recycling.

The GRS is a holistic certification that verifies recycled input material, tracks it from input to the final product, and also ensures responsible social, environmental practices and chemical use through production. The desired effect of the GRS is to provide brands with a tool for more accurate labeling, to encourage innovation in the use of reclaimed materials, to establish more transparency in the supply chain, and to provide better information to consumers.

The GOTS is recognised as one of the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It defines high-level environmental and toxicological criteria – on for example all input chemicals such as dyestuffs and waste water treatment – along the entire organic textiles supply chain and all processors must comply with social criteria. Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibers can become GOTS certified.

This scheme verifies that a product has metorganic standards throughout its journey – from raw material to finished product. OCS blended is used for products that contain 5% minimum oforganic material blended with conventional or synthetic raw materials.

The CCS is a chain of custody standard that provides companies with a tool to verify that one or more specific input materials are in a final product. It requires that each organization along the supply chain take sufficient steps to ensure that the integrity and identity of the input material is preserved. On its own, the CCS can be used to verify any claimed material through any supply chain.

The RCS is a chain of custody standard that verifies recycled input material that tracks recycled raw materials through the supply chain from input to the final product. The standard was developed through work by the Materials Traceability Working Group, part of Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA) Sustainability Working Group. The RCS uses the chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard (CCS).

It defines an ISO9000 Quality Management System (QMS). ISO 9001 evaluates whether your Quality Management System is appropriate and effective, while forcing you to identify and implement improvements.

ISO 14001 specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that an organization can use to enhance its environmental performance.

IS0 27001 certificate specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving an information security management system within the context of the organization.

ISO 50001 is a specification created for an energy management system. The standard specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system.

A worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as accessory materials used.

The occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series, is a British Standard for occupational health and safety management systems. Compliance with it enables organizations to demonstrate that they have a system in place for occupational health and safety.

Sedex is one of the world’s largest organizations for helping companies manage responsible sourcing in their supply chain.

Life Cycle Assessments

In order to fully understand the impacts involved in the textile supply chain, and where we can make even better choices, ISKO has worked to obtain Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) of all of its 25,000+ denim products, in line with ISO 14040 and ISO 14044. An LCA is a globally recognized methodology used to assess and quantify the environmental footprint of a product, considering impacts across the entire product lifecycle from raw material to finished product. In order to ensure the validity and replicability of the LCAs, publicly available and independently verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPD®) have been produced by ISKO.

Environmental product declaration

The International EPD® System is a global program for environmental declarations based on ISO 14025. An EPD® is a document used to communicate verified, transparent, and comparable information about the life-cycle of products. We asked Sebastian Welling from EPD to explain how the EPD system helps to measure the impact of our products on the world.

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Partnerships, Memberships & Collaborations

ISKO devotes a lot of time, effort and resources to initiatives and collaborates extensively with other industry leaders to promote improved environmental and social activities throughout the supply chain. These external stakeholder partners help us monitor, manage, benchmark and improve our activities and practices. Because of our commitment, we always choose with maximum care the partners and collaborations that can help us make a real difference.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is the apparel, footwear, and textile industry’s leading alliance for sustainable production. The SAC develops the Higg Index, a standardized supply chain measurement suite of tools for all industry participants. ISKO is a member of SAC and uses the Higg Facility Tools to measure the social and environmental performance of our facilities. These modules measure impacts at our factories. We conduct the assessments every year, which are then verified by SAC-approved, on-site assessors.

Developed by SAC, it’s a suite of tools that enables brands, retailers, and facilities of all sizes to accurately measure and score a company or product’s sustainability performance.

ISKO is fully committed and an active signatory member of the ZDHC Foundation’s Roadmap to Zero programme. This programme takes a holistic approach to tackling the issue of hazardous chemicals in the global textile and footwear value chain. Together with other ZDHC brands, we are engaging with diverse stakeholders to raise the awareness of industry standards and work collaboratively for change towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the fashion industry. ISKO shares and manages its responsible chemicals and wastewater usage through the ZDHC platform.

BCI is a multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to promote measurable improvements in the environmental and social impacts of cotton production. A significant portion of our cotton is sourced through BCI.

Social & Labour Convergence Project (SLCP), an initiative led by the world's leading manufacturers, brands, retailers, industry groups, (inter)governmental organisations, service providers, and civil society organisations, continues to make progress towards its mission. This pioneering project has developed a simple, unified and effective industry-wide assessment framework with stakeholders efforts to improve working conditions in the global apparel and footwear supply chain.

Sedex is one of the world’s largest organizations for helping companies manage responsible sourcing in their supply chain.

Textile Exchange is a global non-profit that works closely with its members to drive industry transformation in preferred fibers and materials, integrity and standards and responsible supply networks. They identify and share best practices regarding farming, materials, processing, traceability and product end-of-life in order to reduce the textile industry’s impact on the world’s water, soil and air, and the human population.

The Canada-based NGO Canopy works with the forest industry’s biggest customers and their suppliers to develop business solutions that protect the world’s ancient and endangered forest.​ We work with Canopy and CanopyStyle FSC audits to ensure man-made cellulosic fibers used in our products are responsibly sourced and do not contribute to the deforestation of ancient or endangered forests.

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