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Explaining Otrium’s Sustainable brand ratings in collaboration with Good On You.

27 SEPTEMBER 2021
We’re on a journey to make fashion smarter, giving fashion-lovers the best possible online retail experience and making sure every item of clothing is worn. Going forward, we’ll be sharing more about our Conscious roadmap and responsible choices.
In this post, we’ll be sharing why we’ve teamed up with Good On You, the leading reputable source for fashion brand sustainability ratings. Moreover, why highlighting Conscious brands is important for us, what it means, and where you can find these brands on our platform.
Starting with the why
Working with Good On You will enable us to highlight the brands that go the extra mile to be more sustainable. Good On You is the world’s leading source for fashion brand sustainability ratings. Its platform and tools are designed to inspire consumers to make more conscious shopping choices. Good On You is recognised for its work in assessing brands' impacts on both people and the planet. The ratings are based on publicly available information including industry standards, certifications and brands’ own reporting. For a brand to score well, it must be transparent about its progress. Good On You consults regularly with industry experts to keep its rating methodology up to date.
The criteria of Sustainable
In order to pass through our Sustainability filter, a brand must meet one or more of the below sustainability criteria. If a brand is not labelled as Conscious, it means it doesn’t meet these standards – which are deliberately high. Not all brands will be eligible. If a brand does not qualify, some of its individual products may still be able to.
The Good On You system assesses brands policies and practices in the areas of people, planet and animal welfare. The ratings are publicly available information including industry standards, certifications and brands’ own reporting. Brands receive an overall rating as well as individual ratings in the categories people, planet and animal welfare.
Overall rating: This means the average score of the three underlying categories below is rated to be conscious.
People: Brands are assessed against their impact across the supply chain, which includes polices and practices on child labour, forced labour, worker safety, gender equality and payment of a living wage.
Planet: This involves the brand’s usage of resources such as energy, carbon, water, chemicals and disposal, including any commitments to circular practices.
Animal welfare: Brands are assessed against the use of animal products and their animal welfare policies. The use of materials like fur, angora and leather, as well as having policies around ‘mulesing-free’ wool* is all taken into consideration.  
Find out more about the Good on You rating system here.
Follow our journey
Our commitment to being Sustainable is an ongoing journey, taking both big and small steps in order to be a force for good. We want to be as transparent as possible and communicate our Conscious roadmap fully.
We will update the renewed Sustainability page on our platform regularly and publish a Sustainability Report at the beginning of 2022, with our progress since 2020.

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