New Zealand’s Ethical Fashion Companies For 2017 Has Been Revealed

Kiwis overwhelmingly want to shop ethically. It’s an important issue for us, but the hard part is knowing which companies to actually support.

Usually the only way we find out is during massive exposés into individual companies. Fortunately the Australian Baptist World Aid group continue to do awesome work providing us with the information we need to know.

Our government could do more to make companies publicly report on the measures taken to address slavery and exploitation throughout their supply chains, much like the health and hygiene rating posted inside our restaurants. But until this happens consumers need to do their own research.

Cotton On Group, Pacific Brands and APG & Co were the best performing mid-to-large size companies headquartered in Australia, both scoring an A–. New Zealand’s best performers were Kowtow and Liminal Apparel, both scoring an A grade. Farmers got a miserable score of F.

The grades awarded by the Ethical Fashion Report are a measure of the efforts undertaken by each company to mitigate the risks of forced labour, child labour and worker exploitation in their supply chains. Higher grades are given to companies with labour rights management systems that, if implemented well, should reduce the extent of worker exploitation.

Get a breakdown below of companies by rating. Companies marked with an * were nonresponsive during the study.

Companies With A+ Ratings

  • Audrey Blue
  • Etiko
  • Mighty Good Undies
  • RREPP

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Companies With A Ratings

  • Bershka
  • Kowtow
  • Liminal Apparel
  • Massimo Dutti
  • Oysho
  • Patagonia
  • Pull&Bear
  • Stradivarius
  • Uterqüe
  • Zara Home
  • Zara

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Companies With A- Ratings

  • Actil
  • Berlei
  • Bonds
  • Cotton On Body
  • Cotton On Kids
  • Cotton On
  • Crestell
  • Dunlopillo
  • Explorer
  • Fairydown
  • Freeset
  • Hestia
  • Holeproof
  • JAG
  • Jockey
  • Nudie Jeans
  • Platinum
  • Razzamatazz
  • Red Robin
  • Reebok
  • Rio
  • Rubi
  • SABA
  • Sheer Relief
  • Sheridan
  • Sportscraft
  • Supré
  • TaylorMade
  • Tontine
  • Voodoo
  • adidas
  • factorie

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Companies With B+ Ratings

  • & Other Stories
  • ABCD Indie
  • Agenda
  • Alta Linea
  • Bali
  • Barely There
  • C9 by Champion
  • COS
  • Champion
  • Cheap Monday
  • Country Road
  • DIM
  • David Jones
  • Dockers
  • Esprit
  • Gear for Sports
  • H&M
  • Hanes
  • Indie & Co
  • Indie
  • Industrie
  • Jeanswest
  • Karen Walker
  • Kathmandu
  • Knights Apparel
  • Levi’s
  • Maidenform
  • Milana
  • Mimco
  • Monki
  • Playtex
  • R.M. Williams
  • St James
  • The Foundry
  • Trenery
  • Weekday
  • Witchery
  • Wonderbra
  • lululemon

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Companies With B Ratings

  • American Apparel
  • Autograph
  • City Chic
  • Crossroads
  • Forever New
  • Jets
  • Katies
  • Kmart
  • Millers
  • Rivers
  • Sportsgirl
  • Sussan
  • Suzanne Grae
  • UNIQLO

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Companies With B- Ratings

  • 7 For All Mankind
  • AS Colour
  • ASOS
  • Active
  • Athleta
  • Banana Republic
  • Belle Curve
  • Boden
  • Bulwark
  • Cobra Golf
  • Cue
  • Dannii Minogue
  • Dunlop
  • Eagle Creek
  • Eastpak
  • Ella Moss
  • Everlast
  • Fruit of the Loom
  • Future You
  • Gap
  • Glassons
  • Horace Small
  • INTERMIX
  • Jacob & Co
  • Jansport
  • Kipling
  • Kookai
  • LEE
  • Lily Loves
  • Lucy
  • MAXX
  • Macpac
  • Majestic
  • Mooks
  • Mr Big
  • Napapijri
  • Nautica
  • New Balance
  • Old Navy
  • Oroton
  • Puma
  • Red Kap
  • Reef
  • Republic
  • Riders by LEE
  • Rock & Republic
  • Russell Brands
  • Rustler
  • Seafolly
  • Sista
  • Slazenger
  • Smartwool
  • Spalding
  • Splendid
  • Superflex DNM
  • Target
  • The North Face
  • Timberland
  • Tutu’s & Tambourines
  • Vanity Fair
  • Vans
  • Veronika Maine
  • Wonder Comfort
  • Wrangler

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Companies With C+ Ratings

  • ARROW
  • Aldi
  • Anthea Crawford*
  • Avella
  • Basque
  • Big W
  • Billabong
  • Black Pepper
  • Blaq
  • Breakaway
  • Burton Menswear
  • Calvin Klein
  • Capture
  • Clarks
  • Coles
  • Connor
  • Converse*
  • Darn Tough
  • Dorothy Perkins
  • Dotti
  • Dymples
  • Element
  • Emerge
  • Emerson
  • Equus
  • Evans
  • Extra Pepper
  • EziBuy
  • Fine Lines
  • Gorman
  • Grace Hill
  • Guy Leech
  • Honolua Surf Co.
  • Hurley*
  • Hush Puppies
  • IZOD
  • Jacqui E
  • Jay Jays
  • Johnny Bigg
  • Julius Marlow
  • Just Jeans
  • Kayser
  • Kustom
  • Lacoste
  • Lee Cooper
  • Lipsy
  • Lorna Jane
  • Marco Polo
  • Michelle Bridges
  • Milkshake
  • Miss Selfridge
  • Miss Shop
  • Mix Apparel
  • Next
  • Nike*
  • Olga
  • Peter Alexander
  • Peter Morrissey
  • Piper
  • Portmans
  • RVCA
  • Regatta
  • Reserve
  • Review
  • Rip Curl
  • Rockwear
  • Sara
  • Sass & Bide
  • Simon de Winter
  • Speedo
  • Sprout
  • Tarocash
  • Tigerlily
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Topman
  • Topshop
  • Tree of Life
  • Urban
  • Van Heusen
  • Wallis
  • Warner’s
  • Xcel
  • Yarra Trail
  • Yvonne Black
  • Zimmermann

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Companies With C Ratings

  • Alannah Hill
  • Best & Less
  • DC
  • Dangerfield
  • Elka Collective
  • Elwood
  • General Pants Co Basics
  • General Pants
  • Grosby
  • Jack London
  • L’urv
  • Liz Jordan
  • Max
  • Mossimo
  • Noni B
  • Princess Highway
  • Quiksilver
  • Revival
  • Rockmans
  • Roxy
  • Table Eight
  • The Warehouse*
  • Volley
  • W. Lane
  • beme

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Companies With C- Ratings

  • Bardot Junior
  • Bardot
  • Ben Sherman
  • Blue Illusion
  • Colorado
  • David Lawrence
  • Diana Ferrari
  • Evil Twin
  • MINKPINK
  • Marcs
  • Mathers
  • Seed Heritage
  • Somedays Lovin’
  • Staple the Label
  • Williams

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Companies With D+ Ratings

  • Abercrombie & Fitch*
  • Beare & Ley
  • Forever 21
  • Henri Bendel*
  • Hollister*
  • La Senza*
  • Lowes
  • MIRROU
  • Pink*
  • TEMT
  • Valleygirl
  • Victoria’s Secret*
  • abercrombie kids*

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Companies With D- Ratings

  • Asphalt*
  • Bisley*
  • Coco Beach*
  • Gazal*
  • Gum*
  • Icebreaker*
  • Lemonade*
  • Pavement*
  • Pom Pom*
  • Scram*
  • Wax Bros*
  • Zom-B*

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Companies With F Ratings

  • Airflex*
  • Ally*
  • Betts Kids*
  • Betts*
  • Bloch*
  • Decjuba*
  • Farmers*
  • Get Formal*
  • Jump*
  • Kachel*
  • Oxford*
  • Ping Pong*
  • Roger David*
  • Ron Bennett*
  • SEW253*
  • Wish*

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