Oxfam Australia has released its annual list of “Naughty and Nice” retailers – fashion retail chains that do and don’t produce their clothes ethically, don’t use sweatshop or child labour, mistreat women workers, and disclose where the product was originally sourced from.
You can check out 2016’s full list here.
Oxfam found that although many of the chains claimed to be transparent and disclose what factories they sourced their products from, the truth was much harder to come by.
Aussie retailers on this year’s naughty list included:
• Just Jeans
• Peter Alexander
• Top Shop
• Best & Less
While those on the nice list included:
• Big W
• Cotton On
• Jeans West
• Forever New
In better news, the number of fashion brands that had switched from bad to good had markedly improved over the past 12 months and the Westfarmers-owned Kmart, Target and Coles chains were praised as “world leaders when it comes to transparency … When buying that T-shirt or dress from these companies, you can be assured they are not hiding the factories where their clothes are made”.
A statement by Oxfam read: “Since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh shocked the world in 2013, many companies have promised to improve their practises, updated their code of conduct and sign on to pledges designed to protect workers.
“Which is great. But unless a company publishes the location of its factories there is still no way of checking if their clothing is being made under safe and fair conditions. And workers can’t easily raise problems and get them fixed.”