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Sustainability at Nina Rein: A Step in the Right Direction
At Nina Rein, sustainability is at the core of our brand values. We understand the importance of prioritizing the environment, ensuring workers’ rights, and promoting animal welfare. Our commitment to these principles has led to a commendable rating in the sustainability assessment across various categories.
Planet Rating: “It’s a Start”
The Planet rating evaluates brands based on their environmental policies, with a focus on carbon emissions, wastewater management, business models, and product circularity. Nina Rein has received an encouraging rating of “It’s a Start” in this category.
One of the factors that positively influenced our score is our use of lower-impact materials, including organic linen. By choosing these materials, we aim to reduce the environmental footprint and promote sustainable farming practices.
In addition, we are proud to manufacture our products closer to home, which helps minimize the climate impact of long-distance shipping. By doing so, we not only reduce carbon emissions but also support the local economy and community.
While these practices contribute positively to our rating, we acknowledge that there is room for improvement. Currently, there is no evidence of meaningful action to reduce water use in our supply chain. However, we are actively exploring strategies to address this issue and make further advancements in our sustainability journey.
To minimize waste, we have implemented a system to reuse some of our textile offcuts. By repurposing these materials, we reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and foster a more circular approach to fashion production.
People Rating: “Good”
The People rating focuses on workers’ rights, examining brands’ policies and practices related to issues such as child labor, living wages, and gender equality. Nina Rein has received a rating of “Good” in this category.
One of the factors contributing to this rating is that the final production stage of our products occurs in Lithuania. While Lithuania is classified as a medium-risk country for labor abuse, we prioritize ensuring fair treatment and safe working conditions for all our workers.
Our Code of Conduct is aligned with the International Labor Organization’s Four Fundamental Freedoms principles. This commitment ensures that we operate ethically and with respect for human rights throughout our supply chain.
Furthermore, we strive for transparency and traceability in our supply chain. By tracing most of our suppliers, we can monitor and evaluate their practices to ensure compliance with our high standards.
While we claim to ensure payment of a living wage in our supply chain, we recognize the importance of defining a living wage. We are actively working on establishing clear guidelines and benchmarks to guarantee fair compensation for workers at all levels.
Regular visits to our suppliers are an integral part of our commitment to maintaining strong supplier relationships and verifying compliance with our ethical standards. These visits allow us to address any concerns, provide support, and ensure that our partners share our values.
Animals Rating: “Good”
At Nina Rein, we believe in the ethical treatment of animals and strive to minimize their suffering. Our commitment to animal welfare has earned us a rating of “Good” in the Animals category.
While we have not published a formal animal welfare policy, we have issued a general statement highlighting our dedication to minimizing animal suffering. We are committed to continuously improving our practices in this area.
As part of our commitment, we refrain from using materials derived from animals such as leather, down, fur, angora, exotic animal skin, or exotic animal hair. By opting for cruelty-free alternatives, we aim to promote a more compassionate and sustainable fashion industry.
We are proud to state that we source our wool from non-mulesed sheep. This decision ensures that the welfare of the animals is prioritized, and their well-being is not compromised in the process of obtaining wool for our products.
While we strive to make ethical choices throughout our supply chain, we acknowledge that there is always room for improvement. We are committed to staying informed about advancements in animal welfare practices and incorporating them into our operations wherever possible.
Overall Sustainability Rating: “Good”
Based on the comprehensive assessment of our environmental policies, workers’ rights, and animal welfare practices, we are proud to receive a rating of “Good” overall.
At Nina Rein, we consider this rating as an acknowledgment of our commitment to sustainability. However, we also recognize that there is always more work to be done. We are continually seeking opportunities to improve our practices, increase transparency, and promote a more sustainable and ethical fashion industry.
We invite our customers to join us on this journey towards a more sustainable future, where fashion can be both beautiful and responsible.