Who fares best in the living wage debate?
Based on feedback from 25 major high street brands, the latest 'Let's Clean Up Fashion' report from rights group Labour Behind the Label grades the firms between zero and five based on their progress towards implementing a living wage.
Zero means there is no living wage principle in place; while a rating of 5 shows a company is meeting Labour Behind the Label's demands for an effective living wage policy that is applied across their entire supply chains.
None of the retailers surveyed scored higher than 3.5, but here's how they fared:
Grade 3.5: Can offer concrete examples of steps to develop and implement a living wage methodology in the supplier base, with clear plans to move beyond pilot projects
Grade 3.0: Can offer concrete examples of steps to increase wages in the supplier base, but there are either significant omissions or there is no clear plan to move beyond pilot projects
Grade 2.5: Can offer concrete examples of steps to increase wages in the supplier base, but pilot projects are limited in scope and have significant omissions
- Arcadia Group (Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Topman, Topshop, Wallis, and operationally BHS)
- Aurora Fashions (Oasis, Warehouse, Karen Millen, Coast, Odille and Anoushka G)
Grade 2: Acknowledges that minimum and industry benchmark wages are not sufficient standards, but no real efforts to apply living wage
Grade 1: Accepts the principle of a living wage, but applies legal minimum/industry benchmark
Grade 0: Does not accept the principle of a living wage
Companies: Monsoon Plc, New Look Retailers Ltd, Marks & Spencer Group Plc, Primark, Arcadia Group, BHS, Topshop/Topman, Burberry Group Plc, Tesco Plc, Asda Group Limited, Debenhams Plc, Laura Ashley Holdings Plc, Matalan Retail Limited, J Sainsbury Plc, C&J Clark International, French Connection Plc, John Lewis Partnership, Alexon Group Plc, House of Fraser, Levi Strauss & Co
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