australian retailers are failing their textile workers

General Pants and Factory X scored big fat Fs in this damning report, which claims they risk exploiting workers.

by Isabelle Hellyer
21 April 2016, 8:28am

Baptist World Aid's annual Fashion Report was just released and it paints a damning picture of some of our biggest retailers. The report had a look at the transparency of each business' production chain, their policies and the welfare of their workers, to create a grade from A-F.

Online fashion giant Boohoo (who've just announced a collaboration with Charli XCX) scored straight F's in every category, as did General Pants, Factory X and Seed Heritage. Not great.

The report took particular issue with brands that didn't publicly disclose where they were sourcing their clothes from. "If brands do not disclose, or are unwilling to disclose, what they are doing to ensure that workers are not exploited in their supply chains, then it becomes near impossible for consumers and the public to know if these brands are investing sufficiently to mitigate these risks," the report explains. 

It's not all bad news. It seems the tragic Rana Plaza collapse of 2013—which killed more than 1,130 garment workers—has prompted some brands to re-evaluate their supply chains. At the time, Target and Kmart were accused of having little to no knowledge of their supply chains. After changing their supply chains, they've scored well. 

As for other top scoring brands, you'll be pleased to see some of your favourites mentioned. Adidas got an A-, Cue a B-, Puma a B-, Nike a C+ and UNILQLO a B. 

Read the full report here


Photography Nick Morieson

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