MQ Retails Commitment to Protect Forests Through Our Fabrics Choices
MQs trademark is quality and that is our way to steer towards sustainability. MQ works with quality in all our relations, in relation to our producer, our employees, and our consumer and to the planet. Our goal is to create competitive fashion products with regard to people, animals and the environment that will maintain their shape and quality over time. For this reason, MQ is committed to protecting the world’s forests through our approach to procurement of fabrics.
Conservation of Ancient and Endangered Forests and Ecosystems
MQ will support approaches and systems to support a future that does not use ancient and endangered forests in man-made cellulosic fabrics, including rayon/viscose, lyocell, modal and other trademarked brands. We will influence our fabric supply chain in order to protect the world’s remaining ancient and endangered forests and endangered species habitat.
To do this, we will:
1. Assess our existing use of cellulose-sourced fabrics and work to eliminate sourcing fabrics made of dissolving pulp from endangered species habitat and ancient and endangered forests areas such as the Canadian and Russian Boreal Forests; Coastal Temperate Rainforests; tropical forests and peatlands of Indonesia, the Amazon and West Africa.
2. Work to eliminate sourcing fabric made with dissolving pulp from companies that are logging forests illegally, from tree plantations established after 1994 through the conversion or simplification of natural forests, from areas being logged in contravention of indigenous peoples’ rights, or from other controversial suppliers.
3. Work with Canopy and our suppliers to support collaborative and visionary solutions that protect remaining ancient and endangered forests in the Coastal Temperate Rainforests of North America’s Vancouver Island and Great Bear Rainforest, Canada’s Boreal Forests, and Indonesia’s Rainforests.
4. Should we find that any of our fibers are being sourced from ancient and endangered forests, endangered species habitat or illegal logging, we will engage our suppliers to change practices and/or re-evaluate our relationship with them.
This commitment is aligned with, and builds on, the work of not-for-profit organization Canopy, who collaborates with brands and retailers to ensure that their supply chains are free of ancient and endangered forests by 2017, as part of the CanopyStyle Initiative.
Shift to More Environmentally and Socially Beneficial Fabrics
MQ will collaborate with Canopy, innovative companies and suppliers to encourage the development of fiber sources that reduce environmental and social impacts, with a focus on agricultural residues and recycled fabrics.
Forest Certification for Fabrics
Where 1-4 above are met, MQ will request that all fabric sourced from forests are from responsibly managed forests, certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification system, and where FSC certified plantations are part of the solution
Recognizing, respecting and upholding human rights and the rights of communities
MQ will request that our suppliers respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and acknowledge indigenous and rural communities legal, customary or user rights to their territories, land, and resources. To do so, we request that our suppliers acknowledge the right of Indigenous People and rural communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) before new logging rights are allocated or plantations are developed. We request that our suppliers resolve complaints and conflicts, and remediate human rights violations through a transparent, accountable, and agreeable dispute resolution process.
Support Best Processing Practices
MQ requires that our viscose suppliers use best available environmental practices for processing viscose, such as the ‘closed-loop’ lyocell processing.
Agricultural Residues are residues left over from food production or other processes and using them maximizes the lifecycle of the fiber. Fibers used for paper products include cereal straws like wheat straw, rice straw, seed flax straw, corn stalks, sorghum stalks, sugar cane bagasse, and rye seed grass straw. Where the LCA (life cycle analysis) shows environmental benefits and conversion of forest land to on purpose crops is not an issue, kenaf can also be included here. Depending on how they are harvested, fibers for fabrics may include flax, soy, bagasse, and hemp. (Agricultural residues are not from on purpose crops that replace forest stands or food crops.)
Plantations area areas that have been “established by planting or sowing using either alien or native species, often with few species, regular spacing and even ages, and which lack most of the principal characteristics and key elements of natural forests”. Plantations prior to 1994 are often FSC certified.
Source FSC: http://www.fsc.org/download.plantations.441.htm
Reduce Greenhouse Gas Footprint
Recognizing the importance of forests as carbon storehouses, as part of our ongoing leadership on climate MQ will support initiatives that advance forest conservation to reduce the loss of high carbon value forests, by encouraging suppliers to avoid harvest in these areas, and by giving preference to those that use effective strategies to actively reduce their greenhouse gas footprint.
Promote Industry Leadership
MQ looks to create a positive impact together with our suppliers, partners and customers. As implementation progresses, MQ will work with suppliers, non-governmental organizations, other stakeholders and brands that are part of the Canopy, who collaborates with brands and retailers to ensure that their supply chains are free of ancient and endangered forests by 2017, as part of the CanopyStyle initiative to support the protection of ancient and endangered forests and forward solutions to reduce demand on our forests. We will also seek opportunities to educate and inform the public on these issues and solutions through our marketing and communications.