clothes

Clothing

 

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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

n/i

n/i

2

n/i

n/i

C

n/i

C

3

n/i

n/i

C-

n/i

n/i

4

C

n/i

C

n/i

C

5

n/i

n/i

D

n/i

n/i

6

n/i

n/i

C-

C

n/i

7

n/i

n/i

D

n/i

n/i

8

B

n/i

D

n/i

n/i

9 (tie)

n/i

n/i

C

D

n/i

9 (tie)

n/i

n/i

C

D

n/i

9 (tie)

n/i

n/i

D

C

n/i

12 (tie)

n/i

n/i

D-

C

n/i

12 (tie)

n/i

n/i

D-

C

n/i

14

n/i

C

D

D

C

15

n/i

D

F

D

n/i

16(tie)

C

n/i

F

C-

n/i

16 (tie)

n/i

n/i

F

C-

C

18

n/i

n/i

D

F

C

19

n/i

C

F

F

D

20

D

n/i

F

F

F

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 clothing industry:

  • With the rising cost of labor in the United States, most large companies have moved their factories overseas, often with devastating results for employees in developing countries. Long hours, wages below the legal minimum, crackdowns on union organizing, and verbal and physical abuse are just a few of the issues workers in overseas factories often have to contend with.
  • Many clothing company CEO’s make salaries in the tens of millions of dollars a year, while a worker in a garment factory abroad will sometimes make less than a dollar an hour.
  • You can help the plight of these workers by avoiding companies with poor labor records and by taking action. Visit Go Green to find out how you can be stylish and sustainable.