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Department Stores

 

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Companies at the top are the best, at the bottom the worst.

company
overall
ranking
environ-
ment
human
rights
labor
ethics &
governance
health &
safety
1

n/i

n/i

C

C

n/i

2

n/i

C

C

C

n/i

3

n/i

n/i

C

D

n/i

4

n/i

n/i

D-

C

n/i

5

n/i

D

n/i

F

n/i

6

n/i

n/i

F

C-

C

7

n/i

C

D

D

C

8

C

n/i

F

F

C

Notes: Rankings proceed from top to bottom with companies at the top as more responsible within the industry and those at the bottom as the less responsible. Letter grades go in this order: A (best),B,C,D,F(worst) with plus (+) and minus (-). "n/i" means we don't have enough information to give a letter grade for that category. The color coding is another corporate responsibility indicator, in the order Green (best), Yellow, Orange, Red (worst). Companies in the green zone are sustainable and working towards creating a greener planet (most industries will not have companioes in the green zone as there are no companies that can be considered sustainable in that industry). Companies red zone have poor environmental and social responsibility records and should be avoided if possible. 'Orange' companies are not quite as bad as 'red' and ' yellow' zone are slightly better than orange. Orange and yellow companies have a ways to go before they can be considered green.

Fast facts about the department stores industry:

  • Labor is the primary area of concern with department stores, which sell clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, home goods and more.
  • Sweatshops, which violate human rights and utilize human trafficking and involuntary servitude, are still the chief producers of some of these products.
  • Reports have surfaced of children forced to work in these sweatshops who are beaten, who suffer from exhaustion because they work mandatory 12 to 14 hour days, and who are paid as little as six cents an hour.
  • Many department stores have poor ethics standards and have been accused of discriminating against minority shoppers, including the use of excessive force by security officers which has resulted in death, and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Visit Go Green to learn how you can find what you need without exploiting people or the planet.