FAGUO has a B Corp™ certification
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A member of the select B Corps™ club
Being transparent with everything we undertake is the least we can do. As a company with a mission, we joined the very select club of B Corp™ certified companies that respect the highest social and environmental standards.
Being a B Corp™ member confirms the excellence of our choices for Man and the planet: from having responsible manufacturing workshops to the services we offer our clients.
According to B Corp™, FAGUO has a grade of 83.8 while the average for 1,650 companies in our industry is 52.5.
As a pioneer brand, FAGUO is 60% more positive for Man and the planet than the brand average in this industry.
The B Corp™ certificate is the most demanding in the world. Not for being the best in the world but being the best for the world.
To be one of the 3000 member companies in the world, one must answer a strict questionnaire of over 200 questions and justify each answer with documents concerning: wages, production, suppliers, work environment, the company team, clients, how the company is run…
The more our B Corp™ grade increases, the more our brand mission - “commit our generation to fighting climate change” - will be fulfilled.
Commit our generation to fighting climate change. Our mission shows that we will never make compromises between fashion and responsibility.
As a B Corp™ member and like the great brands in the same movement, FAGUO selects its workshops by respecting the higher social and environmental standards vital for the men and women who work with FAGUO but also for the planet.
Like the major brands we admire who work to create wardrobes that have a positive impact on the planet, we select our partner workshops for their skills in creating quality products from recycled and sustainable materials.
Since we are audited and have a BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) certification, we insist on using expert manufacturing workshops and dealing with them directly.
A product’s “made how?” checklist: urgency from a climatic point of view.
We are often asked about 100% Made in France. This discussion is often misunderstood: it is not where we produce that matters the most in terms of climate change.
The most important thing is how we produce and the entire supply chain involved. In developing an international model and being aware of the real climatic challenge, FAGUO reinvents its entire supply chain to emit the least amount of CO2 possible by using a workshop in France - but not only there – since we can find the appropriate expertise and specific materials we need in Vietnam, Morocco, China or Portugal.
In a concern for extreme transparency, we test the performance of each FAGUO model and make the results available to our clients. Like the iconic brands we adore (with Patagonia as a good example), we are a B Corp™ member to prove that our business model is virtuous.
We are not perfect but want to constantly improve, this is why all information about FAGUO is available, beginning with our Carbon Footprint® and the Life Cycle Analyses of FAGUO products.
Raw materials: 70% of the climatic problem!
Contrary to given ideas, the emissions linked to shipping our products are very low (2%) in relation to the emissions generated by raw materials (68%): growing, transforming, weaving and assembling them …
Doing a Carbon Footprint® also gives perspective: a European raw material arriving at our workshop by truck emits more CO2 than a similar material arriving by boat from Asia.
Attacking the root of the problem
On one hand, our industry continues to use the Earth’s resources while at the same time it generates more waste.
80% of FAGUO pieces are conceived from waste materials: recycled materials that limit the use of resources and emit between 40% and 91% less CO2 than a virgin material. More systematically, we choose recycled materials but also those near our workshops: natural rubber from Vietnam, leather from a tannery that received a Gold certification from the Leather Working Group…
We guarantee our products’ sustainability.
Emitting less CO2 also means creating a product that lasts longer.
Even before FAGUO pieces are manufactured, physical & chemical tests are done on the materials in a laboratory.
FAGUO associates with committed workshops that have signed guarantees to not use toxic substances that will harm Man and the planet.
To guarantee that we respect our clients’ health and the environment against risks from chemical substances, we use the German laboratory TÜV SÜD that tests sample materials before production and also tests finished products. We are confident about the quality of TÜV SÜD’s verification tests which respect an in-house ethical code. Thus all FAGUO products are conceived to respect the European REACH standards.
A series of tests is done by the laboratory:
The pilling test assures that a material does not pill.
The color test: verifies fastness so the color doesn’t fade over time.
The washing test: verifies that a product’s shape will not be distorted.
The flexibility test: we stretch the product for 48 hours, over 35,000 to 50,000 times, to verify that the seams hold together.
A model to support fair fashion
Fair for the planet: use the least amount of resources possible and opt for recycled materials to emit less CO2.
Fair for human beings: have a B Corp™ certification that confirms our higher social standards: in our workshops as well as for our partners, employees and clients…
Fair for our clients: guarantee responsible pieces at a reasonable price that remunerate each player in the chain to help accelerate our industry’s transformation.
Fair for FAGUO and its team: let the company be financially stable so its team can grow and make responsible clothing accessible to more people.