Each year, Kathmandu participates in the Ethical Fashion Report produced by Baptist World Aid Australia and Tearfund New Zealand, which work towards ethical fashion in Australia and New Zealand.
The Ethical Fashion Report grades fashion companies on ethical practices in their supply chains, giving consumers the power to shop ethically and use their voice to encourage greater transparency. It's a practical tool that can be used to reduce worker exploitation and alleviate poverty in developing countries where clothes are manufactured.
Companies are assessed at three critical stages of the supply chain:
1. Raw materials
2. Inputs production
3. Final stage production
In 2019, in addition to the four established areas of grading in the report (policies, transparency and traceability, auditing and supplier relationships, and worker employment), Tearfund added a fifth grading criterion: environmental management.
The report scores companies on the levels of visibility and transparency across their supply chain with regards to policies, transparency and traceability, auditing and supplier relationships, worker empowerment and environmental management.
For the second year in a row, Kathmandu scored an 'A' in 2019.
The report noted the improvements we have made in transparency by publishing our complete list of suppliers (below) so our customers know exactly where their products are made.
The Ethical Fashion Guide further highlighted as best practice the steps we have taken to ensure that workers have a greater voice by improving the grievance mechanisms available to those working in our supply chain.
Kathmandu Corporate Social Response-ability Manager, Gary Shaw, says the report helps raise the bar on human rights in the supply chain.
"Companies are competitive by nature. Now, instead of trying to be the best in the world, they're competing to be the best for the world. Like the Modern Slavery Act, the Ethical Fashion Report invites companies to become more aware of their supply chain and the impact they have on the world."