We’re happy to announce that, as of this morning, the new ethical comparison rankings for the world’s fashion brands have been officially released. You can find them in the Fashion Retailer section of The Good Shopping Guide.
As always, the research process was lengthy and detailed. We work hard toward arriving at as an objective of an Ethical Company Index as possible, in accordance with our widely respected research methodology.
Working through all of the global and geographically specific issues and concerns is a heavy task. In general, the main ethical issues facing the fashion industry are consistent from year to year. They range from human rights issues to concerns over environmental sustainability. Regarding the former, evidence of human rights abuses within supply chains continues to make headlines throughout the global press and play a big part in our research. In the UK, the collapse of BHS and Philip Green outrage also continues to bubble away, contributing to a poor score for Arcadia brands.
How might you ensure your clothes are ethical?
As with the majority of purchases you will make in 2017, it is important to remember that consumable goods have a history. Clothes are no different in this regard from technology or basic household goods. In the case of the fashion industry, the history behind a significant amount of clothing usually involves people in poorer, less developed countries being sourced for cheap labour, extremely unsustainable environmental practices, and even animal welfare concerns. In order to ensure that you’re up-to-date and that you know what kind of business practice your money is supporting, we recommend that you regularly check how your fashion brands of choice rank for ethics in The Good Shopping Guide. We work tirelessly to make sure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information possible.
As for our latest research, it is disappointing to see such recognized brands as The Gap and Primark continue to rank so terribly. Additionally, our research update sees the likes of Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Crew and Burton all drop to the avoid column.
But it’s not all bad. H&M, previously with a sub-par ethical ranking, has moved into the green with a respectable 73 ECI. Other popular brands as People Tree, Fat Face, Debenhams, New Look, and River Island (among others) complete a list of mainstream ethical fashion alternatives. So there are plenty of popular options!
For more information, see the Fashion section of The Good Shopping Guide. Use our interactive tables to review the latest brand rankings and travel directly toward the purchase of your brand of choice.