DATA

THE PROS:

The brand committed to the elimination of hazardous chemicals through participation in Greenpeace’s Detox Campaign.

Mango signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.

Mango offsets its carbon emissions by contributing to programs verified by the Voluntary Carbon Standard. Mango also takes measures to reduce carbon emissions in areas such as free collective transportation for personnel and energy-efficient lighting.

The brand communicates the Code of Conduct breaches found during audits of their suppliers. They communicate breaches both by country and by code of conduct breached. The highest percentage of points of the code breached is under the category of Health and Safety of Workers with 33.89% points of the code breached.

THE CONS:

According to Business of Fashion in 2013, Mango planned to take on retail rivals Inditex and H&M. One way they planed to do that was through “a new strategy to reduce production costs and prices of its clothes”.

Mango does not use any sustainable materials in the production of their clothing.

Mango was found to be producing garments in Rana Plaza, the factory that collapsed in 2013 killing over 1,100 workers. Mango’s response is that they are only producing samples there.

 

/ The brand has 2741 stores, and employs 15,793 people.

/ They have 459 suppliers of garments and accessories, and use 853 factories.

/ Their annual revenue is 2.017 billion Euros.

/ The brand produced over 134 million units in 2014.

/ According to Business of Fashion in 2013, Mango planned to take on retail rivals Inditex and H&M. One way they plan to do that is through “a new strategy to reduce production costs and prices of its clothes”.

 

 

/ The brand doesn’t publish a list of suppliers. However, their annual sustainability report indicates purchasing from the following countries with the corresponding percentages. These numbers include raw material purchasing. China: 28.79%, India: 10.54%, Turkey: 8.65%, South Korea: 7.64%, Hong Kong: 7.46%, Spain: 6.07%, Bangladesh: 6.65%, Vietnam: 5.60%, Morocco: 5.45% and the remaining four countries and other producing less than 5% each. 

/ The brand committed to the elimination of hazardous chemicals through participation in Greenpeace’s Detox Campaign.

/ The brand communicates the Code of Conduct breaches found during audits of their suppliers. They communicate breaches both by country and by code of conduct breached. The highest percentage of points of the code breached is under the category of Health and Safety of Workers with 33.89% points of the code breached.

/ A summary of the audit report results is shared in the CSR report. It states the country, number of factories with breaches and the points that were breached. 

/ In 2014, Mango reported that the most common violations of its code of conduct were the health and safety of workers, working hours and remuneration.

/ They communicate that they invest in suppliers in the following ways:

/ Mango was found to be producing garments in Rana Plaza, the factory that collapsed in 2013 killing over 1,100 workers. Mango’s response was that they were only producing samples there.

/ Mango signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.

/ Labour Behind the Label gave MANGO a black rating: which is given to companies who are doing little or nothing to ensure workers are paid enough to live on.

/ Mango does not use any sustainable materials.

They communicate that 42.8% of the fibres they use were of natural origin, and 57.2% were synthetic fibres.

/ They communicate that they have measured greenhouse gas emissions at the production of raw material stage and final stage of production: their offices and stores.

/ Mango has signed up to the Greenpeace Detox commitment.

/ Rank-a-Brand gave MANGO a D grade. They say, “Mango has earned it by communicating hardly any concrete about the policies for environment, carbon emissions or labor conditions in low-wages countries. For us as consumers, it is unclear whether Mango is committed to sustainability or not.”

/ Mango does not communicate any social or environmental goals other than the Detox commitment. According to Ecouterre in 2012, Mango pledged to eliminate toxic chemicals from its clothing by 2020.

/ During 2014, MANGO donated unsaleable clothing to various organisations for charity. Throughout the year, it also gave MANGO employees the opportunity to participate actively in various social campaigns, charity events and other forms of collaborations for charity, such as charity market stalls, blood donation campaigns, campaigns to collect food and toys and Christmas.

/ MANGO employees participated in a voluntary day out with the children cared for by The Dreaming Awake Foundation, who live in shelters subsidized by the Catalan Regional Government.

/ In 2011 Mango signed up to the Transparency Programme, which supports and encourages small and medium-sized companies to incorporate CSR in their company management.

 

/ According to Forbes, the net worth of Mango CEO, Isak Andic, and his family is $4.9 Billion.

/ According to the Daily Mail, in 2012, Mango was under fire for firing a Spanish shop worker after she told her boss she was pregnant.

 

/ We are unsure whether Mango has invested in any innovations.

 

VOICES

JASMIN MALIK CHUA | ECOUTERRE

“Fundamentally, there is a disconnect between the idea that you are selling a tremendous amount of clothing in fast fashion and that you are trying to be a sustainable company…” – 08/28/2104

 


LUCY SIEGLE | THE GUARDIAN

“Mango is another Spanish powerhouse of fast fashion, Mango had also placed orders with the Rana Plaza factory. Mango said these were samples, but must still take responsibility. Mango redeems some points, as it has signed the accord.” – 5/17/2013

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