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Continental Clothing Co. has been running a pro-active social responsibility programme as a member of Fair Wear Foundation since
2006.All theCompany’smanufacturing facilitiesare regularlyaudited for social complianceandare runningactivemonitoringprogrammes
in accordance with standards advocated by the International Labour Organisation, the Ethical Trading Initiative and other international
bodies. TheCompany publishes an annual Social Report.
Continental ClothingCo. has adopted a robust policywith regard to the followingminimum social responsibility criteria:
No use of child labour
No use of forced labour
Safe and healthyworking conditions
Legal labour contracts
Payment of livingwage
Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
Nodiscrimination against employees
No excessive hours of work
Fair Wear Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization striving to improve working conditions in the textile industry. The
foundation is an initiative by trade organizations in the textile sector, trade unions andNGO’s. FairWear Foundation verifies that member
companies implement aCode of Labour Practice along their supply chain and checks compliance bymonitoring audits and remediation
efforts. Annual reportingbymember companies andby FWF itself promotes transparency at all levels. Continental ClothingCo. holds the
Leader category of membership.
All products of Continental Clothing Co. manufactured under organic textile standards are PETA-Approved Vegan by PeTA Foundation
(People for theEthical Treatment of Animals).
Vegan fashion – clothes, shoes and accessories that contain no leather, fur, wool, skin, exotic skins or any other animal-derived fabric
– is revolutionising the way that we shop and dress. Asmore andmore people vow never to clothe themselves in cruelty, retailers and
designers aremeeting the demand for animal-friendly clothes in style.
Continental Clothing Co. products displaying the Global Recycled Standard symbol are certified by the Control Union Certifications,
licenceCU 828402.
The Global Recycled Standard is an international, voluntary, full product standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of
recycled content frompre- andpost-consumer waste, chain of custody, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions.
TheGRS is intended tomeet theneedof companies looking toverify the recycledcontent of their products (both finishedand intermediate
products) and to verify responsible social, environmental, and chemical practices in the production of these products.
The objectives of the GRS are to define requirements to ensure accurate content claims, good working conditions, and that harmful
environmental and chemical impacts areminimized.
TheGRSaddresses the flowof productswithinandbetweencompanies, andcoversmanufacturing, storage, handling, andshipping. The
GRS applies to the supply chain, including all owners up to the final seller in the last B2B transaction.
Continental ClothingCo. is certified under theOrganicContent StandardbyControl UnionCertifications, licenceCU 828402.
The goal of the Organic Content Standard (OCS) is to ensure trust in organic content claims. The OCS accomplishes this goal by
verifying the presence and amount of organic material in a final product. It provides a strong chain of custody system
from the source of the organic raw material to the final product through certification. It allows for transparent, consistent,
and comprehensive independent evaluation and verification of organic material content claims on products by an accredited
certification body. As a business-to-business tool, the OCS may be used to ensure that products companies purchase actually
contain organicmaterial.
The Standard does not cover the certification of the raw material itself, which is verified independently of the production process
certification. It also does not address processing inputs (e.g. chemicals), environmental aspects of processing (e.g. energy or
water usage), social issues, safety issues, or legal compliance.
Continental ClothingCo. is licensedby theSoil AssociationCertifications to supply fully certifiedorganicproducts in accordancewith the
GlobalOrganicTextileStandard (GOTS). LicencenumberDK19090. TheCompanyalsoholdsa licence touse theSoil AssociationOrganic
StandardandGOTS logosonproducts thatmeet theorganic standardcriteria. All thecertifiedproducts that are sold ‘unprocessed’, that
iswithout printing, can carry the logos. Garments that are printed according to the organic standard can also carry the organic standard
logos at the point of sale.
The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognised requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the
rawmaterials, through environmentally and socially responsiblemanufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to
the end consumer. Textile processors andmanufacturers are enabled to export their organic fabrics and garmentswith one certification
accepted in all majormarkets. Approved are natural fibres that are certified organic and fibres from conversion period certified according
to recognised international or national standards and certifiedby any IFOAM accredited or internationally recognised certifier.
Key criteria for processing andmanufacturing include environmental, technical quality and human toxicity, social, and quality assurance
system.
In January 2008, Continental ClothingCo. became the first company in theworld to calculate the carbon footprint andplace theCarbon
Reduction Label on textile products.
Wehave reduced thecarbon footprint of EarthPositive
®
productsbyaround90% throughacombinationof innovativeproduct design, low
impact organic agriculture, efficiency inmanufacturing, and by replacing standard grid electricitywith renewablewind power. We do not
use carbon offsets andour footprint calculationswere certifiedby theCarbon Trust Certifications in theU.K.
It has been calculated that a single EarthPositive
®
T-shirt saves around 7 kilograms of CO2e, whereas a hooded sweatshirt saves up to
28 kgs.
Having taken the greenhouse gas emissions to pre-industrial levels, all the EarthPositive
®
products carry the registered mark “Climate
Neutral”.
Continental ClothingCo. is a registered licensee of the Fairtrade LabellingOrganisation (FLO), licence no: FFLC0862
All the products displaying the Fairtrademark are produced from cotton that is Fairtrade certified and sourced from Fairtrade producers.
TheFairtradeMaxHavelaarCottonMarkmeans that thecottonhasbeenproducedbysmall-scale farmer organisationsor plantations that
meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. The standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment,
payment of the FairtradeMinimumPrice and an additional FairtradePremium to invest in business or community projects.
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Continental ClothingCo.
makinga real difference
Sustainable manufacturing is the creation of manufactured products through economically-sound processes that minimize negative environmental impacts while
conserving energy and natural resources. Sustainablemanufacturing also enhances employee, community, andproduct safety.
Continental ClothingCo. recognises that garmentmanufacturing is oneof themost environmentally damaging andharmful industrial sectors on theplanet, and takes
decisive andoftenpioneering steps towards addressing themany negative impacts. Startingwith the sourcingof rawmaterials, theCompany ensures full traceability
of all fibres, choosing low impact cotton, Tencel
®
Lyocell, bamboo viscose and recycled polyester in the Continental
®
range, 100% certified organic cotton in the
EarthPositive
®
range, Fairtrade organic cotton in the Fair Share range, and recycledorganic cotton blendedwith recycledpolyester in theSalvage
®
range.
Continental Clothing Co. has been a vivid supporter of many high profile campaigns, including the Clean Cotton Campaign, Pick Your Cotton Carefully, and has
been working with the Environmental Justice Foundation and the Pesticide Action Network for many years. Continental Clothing Co. is an active contributor to the
International WorkingGroup on theGlobal Organic TextileStandard (GOTS).
Continental Clothing Co. products are tested and certified under OEKO-TEX
®
Standard 100 Class I by Shirley Technologies under
certificate number 11-20489.
TheOEKO-TEX
®
Standard100 is an independent testingandcertification system for textile rawmaterials, intermediateandendproducts
at all stages of production. The testing for harmful substances always focuses on the actual useof the textile. Themore intensive the skin
contact of a product, the stricter the human ecological requirements tobemet. TheContinental Clothing certificatemeetsClass I criteria
for textile items for babies and toddlers up to3 years, the highest of the four classes of certification.
The certified articles fulfill the requirements of Annex VII of REACH (incl. the use of azo-dyes, nickel, etc.) as well as the American
requirement regarding total content of lead in children’s articles.
The conformity is verifiedby audits.
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