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Top brands failing on cotton sustainability

Cotton is one of the world’s most commonly used textiles. However, the production of cotton has led to serious issues regarding environmental impact and labour conditions of cotton farmers. Although various sustainability initiatives exist, many problems and challenges remain, and the overall picture of cotton market sustainability is unclear. In order to shed light on […]

Webshops…Bringing Brands Unsustainably Right to Your Door

Webshops have one distinct advantage over typical consumer retail businesses in that they aren’t located in actual buildings that consume electricity, water, and natural gas; generate waste; and take up space in areas that were previously natural habitats. However, despite these advantages in regards to sustainability, the Webshops sector has its own set of issues, […]

Fairphone shakes up electronics brands

Over the last months, Rank a Brand has performed a major checkup of the electronics sector, in collaboration with Milieudefensie (the Dutch chapter of Friends of the Earth International). Whereas the labour conditions and environmental problems in the garment industry hit the news daily last year, times were relatively quiet for the electronics industry. Undeserved, because the electronics […]

Foxconn: Why are we only picking on Apple?

Hurrah! Apple has announced that it will be forcing the infamous Foxconn to work with independent auditors from the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to improve conditions in its Chinese mega-factories. But there are two reasons why it’s a little too soon to celebrate. The first one is obvious: the audits have barely begun, so there […]

Brands commit to clear Chinese waters

Remember Greenpeace’s Detox Campaign – “Adidas and Nike need to detox”? The aim of this campaign is to put a halt on water pollution by fashion brands and their textile factories. Greenpeace is calling on all clothing brands to comply with and live up to the statements described in the Zero Discharge Commitment. To do […]

Are targets set always met? Or just… deleted?

If the rumours are true, and Google really is trying to take over the universe, then there is at least one reason to be cheerful: it looks as if the search engine giant is planning a solar-powered future. Since 2007, Google has been running a project called RE<C, which the aim of making renewable energy […]

Designer brands score zero for transparency

When a handbag is so beautiful that the designer can charge a thousand euros for it, I”m not going to blame anyone for buying it. But I can”t help wondering where that thousand euros goes. The leather can”t cost that much – even though it IS such wonderful quality. And the extra buckles and zips […]

Dutch media not transparent about sustainability

Tweet We actually wanted to call this blog ‘The great climate change conspiracy: are the media hiding something’? But OK, that”s a blatantly tabloid headline. But this post IS all about media in the Netherlands – and about the disappointing lack of information they publish about their own sustainability. Strange, no? We thought that spreading […]

Phony Equality at Nokia

Tweet Apple has been replaced by Nokia. Not in the race to bring out the smartest phone, but because Nokia is taking Apple”s place as the latest electronics giant to be shown to use factories where workers are not treated fairly. A report published last week finds that precarious jobs and insufficient wages are depressingly […]

Full stomach = clear conscience?

You may have noticed that we’ve not brought you any news for a while on when we will be adding new sectors to our rankings. That’s because our attention has been devoted to analysing the new CSR reports being published by fashion and telecoms brands – among others. Plus, we’ve been wrapped up with the […]