At our blog about sustainability, we strive to evaluate and rate brands based on their environmental practices and policies. Today, we will focus on the brand Joslin and provide an overview of its sustainability efforts. Overall, Joslin has received a rating of “It’s a Start” in our “Planet” rating category.
One of the factors influencing Joslin’s rating is its use of lower-impact materials, such as organic cotton. This is a positive step towards reducing the brand’s environmental footprint. However, there is no evidence to suggest that Joslin is taking meaningful action to reduce or eliminate hazardous chemicals in its manufacturing processes. This is an area where the brand can improve to further enhance its sustainability practices. Additionally, there is no evidence of meaningful action being taken to reduce water use, which is another important aspect of sustainable production.
On the positive side, Joslin does take meaningful action to reduce emissions from transportation and distribution. This is a crucial step in mitigating the carbon footprint associated with the brand’s operations. By focusing on sustainable transportation and distribution methods, Joslin is making progress towards reducing its environmental impact.
Our “People” rating category focuses on the protection of workers’ rights. Joslin has received a rating of “It’s a Start” in this category. Many aspects of Joslin’s supply chain are certified by reputable organizations, including the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) Code of Conduct, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) for organic cotton, and the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) Best Practice Guidance.
Joslin’s Code of Conduct covers the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Four Fundamental Freedoms principles. This ensures that the brand is committed to upholding workers’ rights within its supply chain. Additionally, Joslin traces most of its supply chain, which provides transparency and accountability in terms of labor practices. However, there is no evidence to suggest that Joslin ensures workers are paid living wages in its supply chain. This is an area where the brand can make improvements to further protect and support the well-being of its workers.
In our “Animals” rating category, we assess brands’ animal welfare policies and their efforts in tracing animal-derived products. Joslin has received a rating of “Good” in this category. The brand appears to use exotic animal hair and silk, which raises concerns regarding animal welfare. However, it is commendable that Joslin uses recycled leather in all of its leather products, reducing the demand for new animal-derived materials.
Furthermore, the wool sourced by Joslin is certified by the Responsible Wool Standard. This certification ensures that the wool production adheres to strict animal welfare and environmental standards. Additionally, Joslin does not appear to use down, fur, angora, or exotic animal skin in its products, which further promotes animal welfare.
Based on our assessment of publicly available information, we rate Joslin as “Good” overall. While the brand demonstrates some positive sustainability practices, there are areas for improvement, particularly in terms of eliminating hazardous chemicals in manufacturing and ensuring living wages for workers in the supply chain. Nevertheless, Joslin’s use of lower-impact materials, efforts to reduce emissions, and commitment to animal welfare contribute to its overall positive rating.
As a blog dedicated to sustainability, we encourage brands like Joslin to continue their journey towards greater sustainability and to continuously improve their practices to protect the planet, people, and animals.