Clothing brands more ethical
New Zealand fashion brands are getting better at ensuring workers aren’t being exploited to make their clothes, according to the latest Ethical Fashion Report.
The report grades 330 major global and domestic fashion brands and 106 apparel companies from A to F on their policies, supplier traceability and transparency, auditing practices and worker empowerment.
The New Zealand brands scored a median grade of B-, beating the international average of C +.
The Ethical Fashion Report was commissioned by Baptist World Aid Australia who partnered with international NGO, Tearfund, includes 12 New Zealand brands.
New Zealand’s top performers, Kowtow and Liminal Apparel, scored A’s, while Farmer’s refusal to engage with the report and lack of publicly available information landed it an F.
Glassons has continued to improve to a B- from a C+ last year and a D- in 2015.
In the past year the number of companies publishing full supplier lists has risen to 26 per cent.
Karen Walker was the most improved New Zealand brand, raising last year’s score of a C to a B+ this year.
The ethical fashion report was first released by Baptist World Aid Australia in 2013 in response to the Rana Plaza collapse that killed 1134 garment workers.