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COS

Rated: It's a start

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location: United Kingdom

COS uses some lower-impact materials but is not taking adequate steps to ensure payment of a living wage for its workers.

COS sustainability rating

Planet

3 out of 5

People

2 out of 5

Animals

2 out of 5

Overall rating: It's a start

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COS is owned by H&M Group.

Our “Planet” rating evaluates brands based on the environmental policies in their supply chains, from carbon emissions and wastewater to business models and product circularity. Here we rate COS “It's a Start”. These are a few factors influencing its score:

  • It uses some lower-impact materials including recycled materials.
  • It’s eliminated some hazardous chemicals but has not made a commitment to eliminate all hazardous chemicals in manufacturing.
  • It’s published a biodiversity protection policy that applies to some of its supply chain.
  • It has set a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated from its own operations and supply chain but there is no evidence it is on track to meet its target.

Workers’ rights are central to our “People” rating, which assess brands’ policies and practices on everything from child labour to living wages and gender equality. Here we rate COS “Not Good Enough”. These are a few factors influencing its score:

  • None of its supply chain is certified by crucial labour standards that help ensure worker health and safety, living wages, and other rights.
  • It received a score of 71-80% in the 2023 Fashion Transparency Index.
  • There’s no evidence it supports diversity and inclusion in its supply chain.
  • There’s no evidence it ensures workers are paid living wages in its supply chain.
  • During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, it did not disclose adequate policies or safeguards to protect workers in its supply chain from the virus.

Brands’ animal welfare policies and, where applicable, how well they trace their animal-derived products are the focus of our “Animals” rating. Here we rate COS “Not Good Enough”. These are a few factors influencing its score:

  • It has a formal policy aligned with the Five Domains of animal welfare.
  • It appears to use leather, exotic animal hair, and silk.
  • It uses recycled wool in some of its wool products.
  • It uses some recycled down in some of its products.
  • It doesn’t appear to use fur, angora, or exotic animal skin.
  • It traces some animal-derived materials to the first production stage.

Based on all publicly available information we’ve reviewed, we rate COS “It's a Start” overall.

Last updated December 2023

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