Hess Natur Textilien GmbH

Eco Fashion

Margate, Florida

United States

hessnatur.com

About hessnatur

hessnatur creates clothing with a conscience. Since our founding in 1976, hessnatur has been committed to a simple and sustainable mission: respect the planet and its people by not compromising their environmental and social integrity or their design excellence. They are a natural clothing company that designs apparel, as pure in its creation as it is a pleasure to wear. Everything they make is pure and natural, with a goal to be 100% organic. And everything is made by people whose human rights are respected.

B Corporation certification is, to us, an important recognition of our dedication to doing business with a purity of purpose. To be part of a group of companies that believes doing business in a way that protects the earth and improves the lives of our fellows is essential for the future. We are honored to be among these outstanding companies. Like them, we believe it’s simply a smarter way to do business.

hessnatur clothing is beautiful in every way. There is a saying that beauty comes from within. At hessnatur, they believe that beauty also comes from without: without toxins or harmful chemicals, without harm to the earth, without harm to the people who live on it. For them, clothes are more than what you wear, they’re how you choose to live.

 

The Change We Seek®

The principles we state in our mission, that determine the way we do business, are principles we live by. We are pioneers in organic farming and textile chain transparency. We have set the standard for humane labor conditions in the apparel industry by developing an innovative control and inspection system with the Clean Clothes Campaign.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

February 2010
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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Overall B Score
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80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Workers: Pays all employees a living wage; Offers a reimbursement program for worker education continuation; Offers additional benefits (subsidized child care, health & wellness program, counseling services, company discounts)

Community: >30% of management is from underrepresented populations; Requires specific social/environmental criteria from suppliers; Member of Fair Wear Foundation; Allows >20 hours paid time off for community service

Environment: Uses 100% recycled, biodegradable, or environmentally preferred materials in products; Uses 100% renewable energy in corporate facilities

Consumers: All cotton in apparel is 100% organic; 100% of apparel is made from pure, natural fibers

Miscellany: 

Awards

• In 2010, they presented the Humanity in Fashion award, the first European fashion award for ecological and fair clothing, to a young and rising designer.

• In 2008, they were presented a Public Eye Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, for our groundbreaking initiatives in social and environmental practices.

• In 2005, they were awarded the Ethics in Business Certificate based on the honorable and sustainable conduct of hessnatur, well beyond legal requirements.

Videos

Hessnatur Video

Watch Hessnatur's video about organic cotton in Burkino Faso.

Hessnatur Video

Watch Hessnatur's video about their art exhibit at the 2008 NY Fashion Week.