Women’s Clothes

Benetton

Benetton publicly posts all of the answers to the questions I usually ask companies.  From their website:   Work, environment, health and safety in the supply chain Benetton Group is committed to the promotion and respect of human rights and the environment. The Benetton Group Code of Conduct is applied to all suppliers and subcontractors, and to anyone who wishes… Read more →

The Gap / Old Navy / Banana Republic

I started by contacting Old Navy because that was where our family shopped the most.  I had to tweet repeatedly to get a response as any emails were met with silence.  I was eventually forwarded on to the Gap and their social responsibility account. The Gap’s website does provide a detialed account of their social responsibility here:  http://gapinc.com/content/gapinc/html/social_responsibility.html However, the… Read more →

Le Chateau

The response from Le Chateau: “We currently manufacture approximately 40% of our apparel in our Quebec-based facility. The remainder of our production is mainly done in China. As a company, we care about the origin of our goods. Le Château’s Vendor compliance Department works closely with all our vendors to ensure that their facilities, equipment, products and services comply with… Read more →

Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC)

Get Ready for a detailed response: 1.Can you provide me with a list of countries that your clothes are made in? Our Factory List is updated annually and postedhere on mec.ca. We also provide our factory list to the Fair Labor Association (FLA) in order for them to conduct annual assessments of the facilities producing our product. The FLA posts… Read more →

Reitmans & Addition-Elle

When I asked Reitmans/Addition-Elle to send me this list of countries where their clothing was made, how often executives visited those countries and what critiera they used for choosing factories they partner with this was their response: “As part of Reitmans (Canada) Limited, Addition Elle adheres to strict ethical standards when it comes to the manufacturing of our garments. We want… Read more →

H&M

I must admit I have not emailed H&M yet and they are next on my list.  But last week I was floored to see this tweet: “H&M shares the aim for transparency & better lives for garment workers. See our supplier list http://bit.ly/1fsGQbc   http://bit.ly/1iHR9vY ” The first link is their supplier list divided by country, ranked and address provided.  The second link… Read more →

Marks Work Warehouse, Canadian Tire, and Sport Check (and more)

I have been delaying writing this post because I don’t quite know how to summarize the response from Marks aka The Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC). First off they are very proud of signing on to the non-binding agreement in Bangladesh.  The weaker agreement that many feel does little to protect workers.   I quote: “Since its launch, the Alliance has focused on its… Read more →

Twiss and Weber (Ottawa)

Over the long weekend I sent messages to about 6 companies both independent and chain stores.  Twiss and Weber were the only ones to respond right away with a detailed answer no less! Most of the products they carry are made on site and they seem to have a good working environment for their employees including a living wage.  … Read more →