Ethical Fashion Part 2: The Big Winners and Losers in Australian and NZ Fashion

Ethical Fashion Part 2: The Big Winners and Losers in Australian and NZ Fashion

In Part 1, we discussed the exceptional documentary about the fashion industry The True Cost, and also the catastrophe at Rana Plaza which killed 1,100 workers in a sweat shop in Bangladesh. In this part, we will analyse the report which exposes brands for their ethical or unethical practices.

Ethical Fashion Part 2: The Big Winners and Losers in Australian and NZ Fashion
A pair of pants lies in the rubble three days after a Bangladeshi garment eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 27, 2013. Police arrested two textile bosses over a Bangladeshi factory disaster as the death toll climbed to 1,100

I will most definitely be adjusting my spending to coincide with the report’s findings…

The independently commissioned report into the ethical sourcing of fashion in Australia and New Zealand showed that from 2013, there was a boost in the number of labels included in the study and an overall improvement to labour standards of workers in the Third World.

The methodology and measurement of such a study was complex and involved a broad range of supply chain checks and standards. So some brands performed well on some metrics and poorly on others.

Ethical Fashion Part 2: The Big Winners and Losers in Australian and NZ Fashion

See the full report here

The most ethical brands

These brands achieved an overall score of A+ to B- and are considered to be more ethical

3 Fish A-
Adidas B+
Audrey Blue A +
Cotton On Group A-
Country Road Group B+
Cue Clothing Co B+
Etiko A+
Fruit of the Loom A
Gap Inc B
H&M A-
Inditex A-
Jeanswest B
Kathmandu B
KMart B
Lacoste B
Levi Srauss B+
Liminal Apparel B
Lululemon Apparel B+
New Balance B-
Nike B
Pacific Brands B
Patagonia A-
Puma B
Simon De Winter B-
Sussan Group B
Target Australia B-
Timberland B+
Woolworths B-

The least ethical brands

These brands achieved an overall score of C to F and are considered to use unethical production practices.

Ally Fashion F 
Apparel Group D- 
Billabong C
David Jones C
Forever New C+
Fusion Retail Brands D+
Gazal D- 
Glassons D-
Industrie F
Just Group D
Lowes F
Playcorp D-
Pretty Fashion Group D
Quicksilver D+
R.M. Williams D-
Sketchers USA D-
The PAS Group F
Voyager Distributing Co F
Webster Holdings D- 

Let me know if this will change where you shop…

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