Friday, November 16, 2012

Fashion Apparel Companies Graded on Child Labor, Worker Rights, and Traceability

Photo via Not For Sale
Its crazy to think that in the 21st century, our favorite industry is still subjecting its workers to low wages, child labor, and the inconceivable thought of what is, essentially, modern slavery. And after reading Refinery 29's recent article highlighting Not For Sale's apparel industry trends, we are just as surprised as you are.

The companies were graded on multiple indicators (all having to do with monitoring, worker rights, and the traceability of the supplies used for their products) and given a "yes", "partial", or "no" for each one. After all of the indicators, the companies were given a letter grade based on their score. And I'm sure we are all disappointed to see that some of our favorite companies like Aeropostale, Ambercrombie & Fitch, Timberland, and Forever 21 received D's & F's. What is a beautiful dress, or the perfect scarf if made in these conditions?

But we were happy to see companies like Maggie's Organics, Good & Fair, and Hanesbrands; companies that lit up the board with yes'es and received A's. And H&M, Gap, and Adidas were among the companies scoring a B. So maybe there is hope for humanity (and the fashion apparel industry) yet. And perhaps we as consumers can change the current trend conditions by voicing our concern. Or even making a point with our purchasing decisions. (Not For Sale, Refinery 29)


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