Impact Definitions

 

 

One percent for the planet

1% for the Planet

Certified members contribute at least one percent of their annual revenue to approved environmental nonprofit organizations.

 

AAPI-Owned
AAPI-Owned

Owned by a person or people who identify as a part of the AAPI community.

 

Ability Inclusive Employment

Ability-inclusive Employment

Values all employees for their strengths and ensures that no person is segregated or excluded from quality employment opportunities because of neurodivergence or disability.

 

Antitrafficking

Anti-Trafficking

Partners with anti-trafficking programs and/or supports survivors of human trafficking with aid programs focused on employment, counseling, and professional development.

 

Artisan made

Artisan-Made

Made by a skilled craft worker and specialist in their trade; often made by hand and informed by a deep tradition and artisanal techniques.

 

Better Cotton Initiative

Better Cotton Initiative

Brand is committed to a healthy sustainable future for cotton, receives training and resources from BCI to improve sustainable practices, and participates in a like-minded membership community along the cotton supply chain.

 

BIPOC Owned

BIPOC-Owned

Owned by a person or people who identify as a part of the BIPOC community.

 

Black Owned

Black-Owned

Owned by a person or people who identify as a part of the Black community.

Bluesign

Bluesign™ certified

Certification that ensures that textile products are safe for the environment, workers, and customers. 

 

Building Safety Measures

Building Safety Measures

Ensures that production facility and office buildings have functioning exit routes, have safety alarms, are maintained to code, and are safe for all employees.

 

Carbon Neutral Production Factories

Carbon Neutral Production

The production facilities have reduced overall carbon emissions and compensate for any remaining emissions with a carbon offset program.

 

Certified B Corporation

Certified B Corporation

Business is meeting high standards of verified performance, accountability, and transparency on factors from employee benefits and charitable giving to supply chain practices and input materials. 

 

Certified Carbon Neutral

Certified Carbon Neutral

A certified standard for carbon offset and emission reduction.

 

Chemical Reduction

Chemical Reduction

Production practices that reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals.

 

Childcare at Work

Childcare at Work

Provides access to childcare for their employees, artisans, or makers. 

 

Circular

Circular

Designs products with a plan for the full lifecycle and business model provides options to reuse the original material so that the need for new raw materials is reduced or eventually eliminated. 

 

Code of conduct

Code of Conduct

Brand has a code of conduct that outlines the standards and policies they and their employees uphold at all levels of their supply chain. 

 

Cold water usage

Cold Water Usage

An energy-reducing fabric production technique, often used for denim, that uses only cold water.

 

Collaborative Design Process

Collaborative Design Process

Design is collaboratively informed and contributed to by leadership and makers throughout the production process.

 

Compostable Packaging

Compostable Packaging

Shipping and packaging materials are able to be composted at end of life. 

 

Cruelty Free

Cruelty-Free

Manufactured by methods that do not involve experimentation on animals.

 

Deadstock fabric

Deadstock Fabrics

Excess fabrics, also known as remnant fabrics, left over from a production order. The use of these fabrics by brands diverts these remnants from landfill.

 

Donates percent of profits

Donates Percent of Profits

Donates a percentage of profits to causes such as environmental wellbeing, human and labor rights activism, gender equality, animal protection, and/or food and water security.

 

Donates one for one

Donates One-for-One

Donates a product or monetary equivalent to a community in need for every product sold.

 

Educational Support

Educational Support

Provides educational support, either with classes, scholarships, or financial assistance to employees, artisans, makers and/or their children.

 

Employee Owned

Employee-Owned 

Brand or business that gives employees vital roles in governance, profit-shares, and ensures they benefit from growth and revenue.

 

Employs formerly incarcerated returning citizens

Employs Formally Incarcerated People

Brand employs individuals who were formerly or recently incarcerated.

 

Ethical Production

Ethical Production

Production process that focuses on the wellbeing, health, and fair earnings for the people involved in making products.

 

Fiar Labor Association

Fair Labor Association

Certification indicates that company actively maintains the highest standards in labor rights based on international standards and frameworks such as the International Labour Organization, UN Guiding Principles, the OECD, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Fair or living wages

Fair or Living Wages

Workers are paid a fair and reasonable wage, agreed to by both worker and employer, that can meet their family's basic needs such as housing, food, healthcare, and childcare.

 

Fair Trade Certified

Fair Trade Certified

Verified that the brand follows specific fair trade guidelines and ethos in its labor and production practices that promote better prices and conditions for workers.

 

Fair Trade Principles

Fair Trade Principles

Follows the ten fair trade principles, such as transparency, gender equality, and respect for the environment, as articulated by the World Fair Trade Organization.

 

Fairtrade

Fairtrade

Meets rigorous environmental, economic, and social standards set by Fairtrade International.

 

 Food Assistance 

Food Assistance

Provides food assistance such as workday meals or community garden to employees, artisans, and/or makers.

 

Gives Back

Gives Back

Brand gives back to their community through volunteering, donations, or other means.

 

GOTS Certified

GOTS-Certified

Meets environmental and social standards along the entire supply chain, as set by the Global Organic Textile Standard.

GRS Standard

GRS Standard

Certified to meet the Global Recycled Standard requirements, a voluntary product standard for tracking and verifying the content of recycled materials in a final product.

 

Handmade

Handmade

Made with minimal to no use of industrial machinery.

 

Healthcare

Healthcare

Provides healthcare services and/or health insurance to employees, artisans, and/or makers.

 

Inclusive SIzing

Inclusive Sizing

Brand offers a size range that is broader than XS-XL.

 

Laser Machine Finishing

Laser Machine Finishing

A fabric treatment technique, often used to distress denim, eliminates residual chemicals and requires very little water compared to mainstream techniques.

 

LGBTQIA Owned

LGBTQIA+-Owned

Owned by a person or people who identify as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

 

Low Impact Dyes

Low Impact Dyes

Uses dyes that do not contain toxic chemicals, require less rinsing, and have a high absorption rate in the fabric to minimize waste.

 

 Low Water Usage

Low Water Usage

Production process minimizes water usage in fabric treatment, recycles water used, and/or uses fibers that require little to no water to process.

 

Made in USA

Made in USA

Produced in the United States, either entirely or with imported materials.

 

 Made to Order

Made-to-Order

Produces product only when an order is placed to eliminate overproduction and waste.

 

Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services

Provides mental health services such as counseling, workshops, and mentorship to employees, artisans, and/or makers.

 

NGO Partnered

NGO-Partnered

Partners with an NGO to support their work through financial contributions, providing employment opportunities, or in-kind services and research.

 

Nonprofit

Nonprofit

Brand's purpose is for reasons other than profit, such as environmental wellbeing, human and labor rights activism, gender equality, and/or animal protection.

 

Nontoxic Dyes

Non-Toxic Dyes

Uses dyes that do not contain toxic and environmentally harmful chemicals.

 

Organic Content Standard 100 Certified

OCS 100 Certified

Verified 95-100% presence of organic material in a final product and documented flow of the raw material from its source to the final product.

 

 OEKO-Tex Standard Certified

OEKO-Tex Certified

Tested and proven to be free of harmful levels of toxic substances according to OEKO-Tex standards.

 

Organic Cotton

Organic Cotton

Cotton that is grown from non-genetically modified or engineered seeds and without the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.

 

Organic Hemp

Organic Hemp

Hemp that is grown without the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.

 

Organic Wool

Organic Wool

Uses wool from certified organic livestock, meaning: feed is certified organic, no synthetic hormones or genetic engineering, no synthetic pesticides, year-round access to outdoors, and producers may not exceed the natural carrying capacity of their grazing land.

 

PETA Approved

PETA-Approved

Company signed PETA’s statement of assurance or provided verification that they do not conduct or commission any animal tests on ingredients, formulations, or finished products and that they pledge not to do so in the future.

 

 Plant Based Dyes

Plant Based Dyes

Dyes made with colors extracted from plants.

 

Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance

Produced using methods that meet the standards of the Rainforest Alliance in social, environmental, and economic impact.

 

Recycled Claim Standard 100 Certified

RCS-Certified 100

Meets recycled material standards along entire supply chain, as set by the Recycle Claim Standard, and products contain 5-100% recycled materials.

 

Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed Wood

Products made using wood that has been salvaged or repurposed from a former use.

 

Recycled Hangtags

Recycled Hang Tags

Uses hang tags made from recycled materials.

 

Recycled materials

Recycled Materials

Uses recycled materials in their production, including but not limited to textiles, plastics, wood, or metal.

 

Right to Unionize

Right to Unionize

Employees have the contractual right to form a union to collectively negotiate their wages, hours, and other company policies.

 

 Secondhand

Secondhand

Products are pre-used or pre-owned.

 

Slow Fashion

Slow Fashion

Clothing, jewelry, and accessories, often designed to be timeless and long-lasting, produced in a way that is mindful of quality and supply chain in order to minimize impact on the environment and uphold workers' rights.

 

Small Batch Production

Small-Batch Production

Produces small amounts of product, often to reduce waste or as a result of specialized craftsmanship or limited materials supply.

 

Solar Energy

Solar Energy

Use of solar power at one or more locations in a brand's supply chain.

 

Sustainable Down

Sustainable Down

Down sourced from birds that are free from unnecessary harm, including no live plucking, no force feeding, and respect for the Five Freedoms of animal welfare.

 

Sustainably Harvested

Sustainably Harvested

Materials grown and harvested in a way that focuses on soil health, biodiversity, and worker equity.

 

Sustainably Harvested Wood

Sustainably Harvested Wood

Wood sourced from forests that are managed to protect clean water and wildlife habitat, replant after harvesting, and promote diversity while combating invasive species.

 

Tencel Lyocell

Tencel™ Lyocell

Uses Lyocell fibers made by Tencel™ with sustainably harvested wood, are biodegradable, produced using environmentally responsible processes, and known for their durability.

 

Tencel Modal

Tencel™ Modal

Uses Modal fibers made by Tencel™ with sustainably harvested wood, are biodegradable, produced using environmentally responsible processes, and known for their softness and flexibility.

 

Upcycled Fabric

Upcycled Fabrics

Uses fabrics, often from post-consumer products, that have fallen out of use and would otherwise be disposed of.

 

Upcycled Materials

Upcycled Materials

Uses materials, often from post-consumer products, that have fallen out of use and would otherwise be disposed of.

  

Vegan Leather

Vegan Leather

Uses material designed to emulate natural leather, but produced without the use of animal products.

 

Vegan Leather Options

Vegan Leather Options

Vegan leather alternatives are available from the brand.

 

Vegan Materials

Vegan Materials

Uses materials that contain no animal products.

 

Vegetable Tanned Leather

Vegetable Tanned Leather

Uses natural leather tanned with the use of vegetable tannins from bark or other plant tissues and no heavy metal minerals.

 

Vertically Integrated Production

Vertically Integrated Production

Brand's supply chain is integrated and owned across design, materials sourcing, and production to ensure transparency.

 

Women Owned

Women-Owned

Owned by a person or people who identifies as a woman.

 

Worker Cooperative

Worker Co-op

A production facility or business that is owned and self-managed by its workers. Cooperatives may have all workers participate in decision-making or have management elected by workers who each have one vote.

 

World Fair Trade Member

World Fair Trade Member

Committed to the Fair Trade Principles and Code of Practice, has sustainable practices in their production processes and supply chain, and is committed to helping disadvantaged groups.

 

Wrap Certified

WRAP-Certified Facility

Production facility is currently meeting or exceeding international social compliance standards and is committed to responsible business practices.

 

Zero Waste

Zero-Waste

Production model that results in little to no waste byproduct.