Corporate Social Responsibility
CSR, Corporate Social Responsibility, is about the obligation of doing the very best we can for a business as ethical and representative as possible, including both environmental and social responsibility. It is implemented among our core values and policies from the very beginning and will always be Mini Rodini’s main focus.
Here you can learn more about our ongoing work with environmental, social and ethical responsibility. If you have any questions or like to learn more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
What we do and why
We are happy to say that Mini Rodini carries one of the most sustainable ranges on the market with a product range that now consists over 95% sustainable materials yearly. With “sustainable materials” we mean materials that are non-conventional and has lower impact on both nature and human health, from raw material developments to production processes, final product and user phase. We are however consciously aware that every material, conventional or sustainable, has their own advantages and disadvantages in different perspectives.
Producing materials and products will always have an impact – the challenge is to minimise it as much as possible. This working way comes from consistent – and hard – work that starts in the very first stage of the production process; the design phase. It affects decisions in choosing the right supplier, building the product quality and technical construction and sourcing its materials. Mini Rodini always adjusts and improves the design of the products to make them last as long as possible, both aesthetically and quality-wise, leaving as little waste as possible. We have strong values and goals of doing the very best we can for the environment, animals and everyone that makes, handles or uses our products.
There are very many labels and ways to mark a product “sustainable” or “organic”. While others mark a product “sustainable” or “organic” even though it only consists of 5% organic or sustainable materials, we mark our products only when an average of minimum 80-90% of the composition is sustainable. We are involved in the whole process – from raw material to finished product – and we are always looking into new fibres and sustainable materials and innovations to make it even easier to produce sustainable and fair products.
How we do it
Here’s what we’re doing to ensure that Mini Rodini’s products are produced eco-friendly under safe, fair and humane working conditions throughout the supply chain.
90% sustainable materials!
We are proud to say that, quite uniquely, our collections include over 90% materials made in sustainable and eco-friendly materials yearly! Compared to larger competitors and other similar brands on the market that use up to 20%, or less. Here you can read more about which materials we think are good enough to use.
We have developed an on-product labelling concept describing how and why the product is sustainably and fairly made. Found on each garment’s hangtag, easy accessible and understandable for everyone. To learn about this more deeply, one is always welcome to contact email@example.com
Limiting harmful chemicals
Chemicals are needed and used in each and every kind of product we make. They are undoubtedly needed for several purposes in all kinds of textile products and accessories: everything from raw material production to dyeing, printing and final looks and functions. The challenge is to avoid the harmful and toxic ones, whom are unfortunately still normally used and spread out widely in the global textile industry since way back, and still exist in nature and living creatures including our bodies.
We actively work to limit the use of harmful chemicals in all of our products, for the sake of the environment, employees and suppliers in the value chain as well as for our customers' health and safety. Click to read more about how we meet the chemical challenge in a proactive way.
Textile production is in very many cases manual and dependent on human resources. Therefore there will always be waste materials including waste labour, waste energy, waste chemicals and wastewater every season. To take as much care as we can for these, we try to always optimise every batch of production. For every collection, many fabrics are repeats, prints are not matched with garment pattern pieces, bindings or cuffs and smaller pieces of garments are not made in contrast materials/colours too much. More importantly, we always use environmental standards that ask the suppliers to have policies for example for recycling water treatment plants and sustainable chemical sludge management.
Additionally, we also work with upcycling, creating new products out of waste materials in new design and value.
For us, the choice of materials does not only apply to the main fabrics, but also all the trims, labelling and packing of a product. It is a big challenge as the textile supply chain is long and widely spread on many facilities for in general each material and process. A careful and persistent work is needed to make sure each step of the process is sustainable and fair upstream, but we always look for the best possible. Today, the very most of all these detail materials are organic, recycled, from sustainable forestry or biodegradable.
Furthermore, the cartons from suppliers to our warehouse are also reused for our outgoing shipments to customers and retailers.
Our policy is to only use sea and truck transport for bulk production depending on its origin. Only on rare occasions we use sea/air or air transport to secure quality or to keep critical costumer deliveries instead of making partial shipments from our warehouse. Packing methods are optimized to fill every load and we ship goods from different suppliers together whenever possible.
Choice of materials
Choosing sustainable materials and processes over conventional means using materials and methods that have a lower impact on both the environment, animals and workers as well as the end consumer. We work with organic cotton, recycled synthetics, modal and much more to come. Here you can find a full list of the sustainable and low-impact materials we work with.
Certifications & Standards
For extra security and trust that our materials and processes are as sustainable and fair as we claim, we work with various different certifications, brands and standards. GOTS, Fairtrade, Oeko-Tex, OCS, Bionic Finish Eco, GRS, FSC, SA-8000, non-mulesing and more to come.
Social Inspection Audits
Building long-term and strongly trusted business relationships with our suppliers, profitable for both parties, is within our top priorities. But it is also important to represent and show how and why our criteria in our Code of Conduct matter. To do this, we arrange third party audits that are relevant to all our suppliers equally. The audits will always be made by a neutral and expert third party. They are both made by annual routine and regulations from the certifications our factories have, and, arranged by our own initiative and audit partner. Our audits are always announced, openly and honestly discussed and followed up together with the supplier and third party auditor.
The textile supply chain is long and complex, with human resources needed at in generally each phase and facility. The sewing phase is in most cases the most labour-intense process, and several other brands produce their products in the same factories. This makes it a bit more complicated to control our strong criteria of fair and safe working conditions according to our code of conduct. Therefore, as an extra safety, we work with facilities certified with the well-known third party standards, for example Fairtrade and SA-8000. Social inspection audits are also arranged and conducted by our third party partner. But most importantly, we chose our production countries and suppliers very carefully and focus a lot on building long-term and respectful business together with them that is beneficial and developing for everyone involved.
In textile production there will always be waste materials, energy, water and chemicals. Upcycling is a working way we follow for a relatively large amount of our waste. It means the waste materials are used to create new products with new value and purpose. This makes us take responsibility of the resources we have already used and minimize our waste to landfill. All our upcycled products are marked with our ”upcycle” hangtag.
Mini Rodini loves animals and because of both animal welfare reasons and also harmful chemical risk, we avoid the following materials completely: Leather, exotic skins, suede, fur, down, feathers, angora wool, sheep wool with mulesing, conventional silk. Instead, we use these alternative as well as sustainable and fair materials.
What you buy matters!
The textile industry is very complex, embracing chemical, water and energy use, with great impact on the environment and the people working with the products. We need to take responsibility to minimise this impact, preserve and protect it as much as we possibly can. We always work to reduce each product’s environmental impact. We believe that working sustainably, and with high quality and great design, fosters durability. Firstly, by choosing the most sustainable materials, methods and logistics. But also in creating a worthwhile value and strength that expands the lifetime of the products . And by choosing sustainably, fairly and ethically produced products over conventional, you do too.
Also, when looking at the total lifetime of a product, it is proved that the user phase has the most influence on the environment, so how you take care of the product is very important. To best care for your garments in a sustainable way and to make them last even longer, please see our garment care.
Working with chemicals
Chemicals are needed and used in each and every kind of product we make. They are undoubtedly needed for several purposes in all kinds of textile products and accessories: everything from raw material production to dyeing, printing and final looks and functions. The challenge is to avoid the harmful and toxic ones, whom are unfortunately still normally used and spread out widely in the global textile industry since way back, and still exist in nature and living creatures including our bodies. We are aware of how chemicals are used in the growing as well as the production process, and acknowledge the burden these place on both the environment and people involved in the process. We actively work to minimise the usage and waste of chemicals and limit the use of harmful chemicals in all of our products. We do this for the sake of the environment, employees and suppliers in the value chain as well as for our customers' health and safety and we are constantly evaluating our environmental impact and how to do even better.
When designing, Mini Rodini avoids to best possible extent materials where more chemicals are needed, to minimize the risk of using harmful and/or illegal substances.
All environmentally friendly materials Mini Rodini uses, such as Modal, Tencel, recycled polyester, organic cotton demands much less chemicals which also minimizes this risk.
Mini Rodini has a list of prohibited and limit value substances that all suppliers must sign and comply with. The list is based on EU’s chemical regulation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization of Chemicals) and also include actively added substances and more strict limit values per sustance than REACH, because we believe it is needed to actually call a product and production environmentally and healthly safe.
Chemical Group – Swerea
To stay up-to-date with the latest news concerning chemicals, Mini Rodini is a member of the Chemical Group at Swerea. This is a network for training and dialogue with experts and other brands in the industry on how to monitor best possible risk assessment and compliance.
GOTS – Global Organic Textile Standard
The GOTS standard have strict rules about chemical use throughout the whole production process. GOTS also include some more strict chemical regulations compared to REACH, such as nanoparticles, waste in aquaculture and biodegradability. Today, 60-70% of Mini Rodini’s products are GOTS-certified yearly.
Oeko-Tex 100 Standard
The Oeko-Tex 100 Standard is a certification where the raw material and product are tested not to contain any chemicals harmful for human health and/or the environment or illegal substances. For the products that are not more than 70-95% cotton and possible to have GOTS certified, it’s good to use other possible certifications, like Oeko-Tex 100.
Random laboratory tests are made by a third party for each new season. Both locally in the production country and after delivery from our warehouse in Sweden. Especially on products that demand more chemicals in the production, such as synthetic heavy-duty outerwear and shoes.
Local laws and restrictions regarding use of chemical substances must be complied with in the whole production process. This is clearly stated in the Code of Conduct which all our partners must sign and comply with.
For the first time we have collected all our sustainability achievements in a sustainability report. To show partners and customers that our work always have a sustainable background and future - and why they are better than the non-sustainable.
It is our obligation to make sure everyone involved in our products have safe employments and good working conditions. In this expanding phase, we will continue our mission to do the very best out of all we do. We have come far but have many challenges ahead, yet, having the right and fair approach like we do will make things possible.