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Social Conditions in Factories
In 2013, MADE-BY saw an increase of 25% in the number of garments produced in Class A factories and an increase of 11% in garments produced in Class B factories. This increase is in part due to the reclassification of the WRAP certification standard from Class C to B, following the update of MADE-BY’s Benchmark for Social Standards.
The total number of garments produced in Class A, B and C factories decreased by 5% from 2012. However the figure for 2013 is still more than double that of 2011.
The overall top five production countries for our partner brands in 2013 were: China (27%), Bangladesh (24%), India (16%), Vietnam (10%) and Turkey (8%).
Environmental Impact of Raw Materials
The total amount of organic cotton used by partner brands increased, from 755,278 kg to 978,047 kg in 2013. This corresponds to a 29.5% increase against 2012, or a 76% increase since 2011 (555,404 kg), demonstrating a clear commitment from partner brands to increase the volume of organic cotton in their collections. In 2013, the overall use of more sustainable fibres in partner brands’ collections increased by 30% compared to 2012 and increased by 150% compared to 2011. Whilst the use of Class A and C fibres decreased, the use of Class B fibres grew by 36%. Class B fibres account for 97% of all more sustainable fibres used. Of the Class B fibres used organic cotton was the material of choice, followed by TENCEL® and recycled polyester.