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MADE-BY updates Benchmarks and Guide to Textile Wet Processing Standards

Our publicly available tools provide a strong foundation for brands seeking to engage on key sustainability topics. To ensure these tools are kept up to date with the latest market developments, we review them annually, through ongoing research, stakeholder engagement and dialogue with the industry. In 2013, through public investment from the Dutch Nationale Postcode Loterij we were able to update and improve our free to use tools including our Environmental Benchmark for Fibres, Benchmark for Social Standards and our Guide to Textile Wet Processing Standards.
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Benchmark Updates

MADE-BY’s Benchmarks classify information in a simple, easy to use format, we use these Benchmarks to create Scorecards on our partner brands' performance. The Benchmarks also provide useful guidance for industry, with brands such as H&M and G-Star utilising them as part of their sustainability strategies.

In 2013, MADE-BY’s Environmental Benchmark for Fibres has been updated to include three fibres; CRAiLAR® Flax, Monocel® (bamboo lyocell product) and Spandex (elastane). We believe these additions introduce two new exciting fibre innovations to partners as well as help to inform the environmental sustainability of Spandex. In 2014, MADE-BY will complete a methodological review of the Environmental Benchmark for Fibres in partnership with an expert steering committee.

MADE-BY has also updated the Benchmark for Social Standards to include further indicators which reflect the changing international context for business and human rights in the supply chain. These new indicators highlight whether the initiatives in the Benchmark are responding to new issues including supply chain capacity building, audit integrity, purchasing practices and building safety.
These developments were undertaken with the support of a newly formed, expert social steering committee comprising NGOs, academics, consultants and brands.

Whilst all initiatives were scored against the updated methodology, key changes from the previous Benchmark include the Fair Labor Association (FLA) being reclassified as Class A and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) reclassified as Class B.

The updated Benchmarks will be used for the 2013 Scorecards of our partner brands.

To ensure these tools are kept up to date with the latest market developments, we review them annually, through ongoing research, stakeholder engagement and dialogue with the industry.

Guide to Textile Wet Processing Standards

MADE-BY’s Guide to Textile Wet Processing Standards provides a practical and comparative overview enabling brands to determine which standard(s) are most applicable to their brand and associated supply chains.

In 2013, MADE-BY updated information on the 11 different standards detailed in the Guide. These updates are out for review with the standard’s managing bodies and will be updated to the website in spring 2014.