Global: Brands accused of "fuelling modern-day slavery"
A number of major clothing brands have been accused of "fuelling modern-day slavery" through their failure to address child and forced labour in their supply chains, according to a report released by the Not For Sale campaign.
The report grades companies on the extent to which they have traced their suppliers and established systems throughout their supply chains that can enable them to prevent and address the issue.
The report found that Amor Holdings, Lacoste, Robinson Textiles, Skechers and Spiewak all received F grades, while Abercombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, Aramark, Blauer, Bob Baker, Carter's, Express, Fechheimer Brothers, Forever 21, Fruit of the Loom, Garan, Propper, Quiksilver and Wal-Mart received D ratings and need to make significant improvements.
Publicly traded companies were found to perform better than privately held firms, with 36% gaining A and B grades, 60% earning a C or D, and 4% getting an F.
Meanwhile, 37% of the privately held companies scored an A or B grade, 37% scored a C or D and 26% scored an F.
The study looked at companies' code of conduct, sourcing and subcontracting policies and involvement with other organisations working to combat child and forced labour. It also considered their traceability and transparency, monitoring, and training and worker rights.
The report said that while child and forced labour is less prevalent in cut-make-trim manufacturing than 20 years ago, it still exists in global apparel production hubs. Included on the list was China, India, Vietnam, Argentina, Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Jordan.
Meanwhile, China, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and South Korea and India were singled out as using child and forced labour in textiles production. And Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Benin, Zambia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgz Republic, Pakistan and China were reported to use child and forced labour in cotton production.
"To create true breakthrough in the fight against slavery, we need systemic change," said David Batstone, Not For Sale president and co-founder.
"Free2Work and the Apparel Industry Trends Report equip everyone to advocate for that change and make it a part of their everyday life."
An interactive databank with intelligence on the major apparel sourcing countries
Footwear firm Skechers USA has swung to a first quarter profit, helped by strong sales of its lines for men, women and children....
A federal judge has approved a $40m settlement that will see footwear firm Skechers USA pay customer refunds to resolve what are described as "unfounded" advertising claims that its toning shoes would...
California-based footwear maker K-Swiss, has appointed Larry Remington as its new president and CEO following its buyout by South Korean apparel conglomerate E-Land....
The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy....
Aeropostale has failed in a bid to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the US retailer of defrauding shareholders in 2011 by hiding problems with excess inventory and weak sales, which hit its share price....
Casual apparel retailer Aeropostale Inc has ended the year with "disappointing" fourth-quarter and full-year results, after being hit by impairment charges and falling same-store sales....
Attorneys acting for consumers who were allegedly injured while wearing Skechers toning shoes say the number of lawsuits filed against the company continues to rise, despite a $40m settlement reached ...
- Big data helps Crystal Group sustainability gains
- Brexit and the apparel industry – what lies ahead?
- Brexit uncertainty over pending EU trade deals
- How apparel retailers should react to Brexit
- India sets out long-overdue clothing labour reform
- Delta Galil buys VF Corp premium brands for $120m
- Brexit to halt deflation in UK clothing sector
- Under Armour opens manufacturing innovation hub
- Nike faces domestic and future order headwinds
- Walmart's 'Made in USA' pledge misleading
- Southeast Asia strategic sourcing review – a focus on Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar
- Clothing & Footwear Retailing in Denmark
- Primark Stores Limited: Retailing - Company Profile & SWOT Analysis
- Luxury Goods Retailing in Europe, 2014-2019 ; Market & Category Expenditure and Forecasts, Trends, and Competitive Landscape
- Clothing & Footwear Retailing in Indonesia– Market Summary & Forecasts