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Impact Badge Definitions
1% for the Planet
Certified members contribute at least one percent of their annual revenue to approved environmental nonprofit organizations.
Owned by a person or people who identify as a part of the AAPI community.
Values all employees for their strengths and ensures that no person is segregated or excluded from quality employment opportunities because of neurodivergence or disability.
Partners with anti-trafficking programs and/or supports survivors of human trafficking with aid programs focused on employment, counseling, and professional development.
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
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.
Owned by a person or people who identify as a part of the BIPOC community.
Owned by a person or people who identify as a part of the Black community.
Certification that ensures that textile products are safe for the environment, workers, and customers.
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
The production facilities have reduced overall carbon emissions and compensate for any remaining emissions with a carbon offset program.
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
A certified standard for carbon offset and emission reduction.
Production practices that reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals.
Childcare at Work
Provides access to childcare for their employees, artisans, or makers.
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
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
An energy-reducing fabric production technique, often used for denim, that uses only cold water.
Collaborative Design Process
Design is collaboratively informed and contributed to by leadership and makers throughout the production process.
Shipping and packaging materials are able to be composted at end of life.
Manufactured by methods that do not involve experimentation on animals.
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 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 a product or monetary equivalent to a community in need for every product sold.
Provides educational support, either with classes, scholarships, or financial assistance to employees, artisans, makers and/or their children.
Brand or business that gives employees vital roles in governance, profit-shares, and ensures they benefit from growth and revenue.
Employs Formally Incarcerated People
Brand employs individuals who were formerly or recently incarcerated.
Production process that focuses on the wellbeing, health, and fair earnings for the people involved in making products.
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
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
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
Follows the ten fair trade principles, such as transparency, gender equality, and respect for the environment, as articulated by the World Fair Trade Organization.
Meets rigorous environmental, economic, and social standards set by Fairtrade International.
Provides food assistance such as workday meals or community garden to employees, artisans, and/or makers.
Brand gives back to their community through volunteering, donations, or other means.
Meets environmental and social standards along the entire supply chain, as set by the Global Organic Textile 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.
Made with minimal to no use of industrial machinery.
Provides healthcare services and/or health insurance to employees, artisans, and/or makers.
Brand offers a size range that is broader than XS-XL.
Laser Machine Finishing
A fabric treatment technique, often used to distress denim, eliminates residual chemicals and requires very little water compared to mainstream techniques.
Owned by a person or people who identify as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
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
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
Produced in the United States, either entirely or with imported materials.
Produces product only when an order is placed to eliminate overproduction and waste.
Mental Health Services
Provides mental health services such as counseling, workshops, and mentorship to employees, artisans, and/or makers.
Partners with an NGO to support their work through financial contributions, providing employment opportunities, or in-kind services and research.
Brand's purpose is for reasons other than profit, such as environmental wellbeing, human and labor rights activism, gender equality, and/or animal protection.
Uses dyes that do not contain toxic and environmentally harmful chemicals.
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.
Tested and proven to be free of harmful levels of toxic substances according to OEKO-Tex standards.
Cotton that is grown from non-genetically modified or engineered seeds and without the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
Hemp that is grown without the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
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.
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
Dyes made with colors extracted from plants.
Produced using methods that meet the standards of the Rainforest Alliance in social, environmental, and economic impact.
Meets recycled material standards along entire supply chain, as set by the Recycle Claim Standard, and products contain 5-100% recycled materials.
Products made using wood that has been salvaged or repurposed from a former use.
Recycled Hang Tags
Uses hang tags made from recycled materials.
Uses recycled materials in their production, including but not limited to textiles, plastics, wood, or metal.
Right to Unionize
Employees have the contractual right to form a union to collectively negotiate their wages, hours, and other company policies.
Products are pre-used or pre-owned.
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.
Produces small amounts of product, often to reduce waste or as a result of specialized craftsmanship or limited materials supply.
Use of solar power at one or more locations in a brand's supply chain.
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.
Materials grown and harvested in a way that focuses on soil health, biodiversity, and worker equity.
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.
Uses Lyocell fibers made by Tencel™ with sustainably harvested wood, are biodegradable, produced using environmentally responsible processes, and known for their durability.
Uses Modal fibers made by Tencel™ with sustainably harvested wood, are biodegradable, produced using environmentally responsible processes, and known for their softness and flexibility.
Uses fabrics, often from post-consumer products, that have fallen out of use and would otherwise be disposed of.
Uses materials, often from post-consumer products, that have fallen out of use and would otherwise be disposed of.
Uses material designed to emulate natural leather, but produced without the use of animal products.
Vegan Leather Options
Vegan leather alternatives are available from the brand.
Uses materials that contain no animal products.
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
Brand's supply chain is integrated and owned across design, materials sourcing, and production to ensure transparency.
Owned by a person or people who identifies as a woman.
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
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.
Production facility is currently meeting or exceeding international social compliance standards and is committed to responsible business practices.
Production model that results in little to no waste byproduct.
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