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.

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