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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 […]

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 […]

Wanted: the world's worst corporations

Tweet The Berne Declaration and Greenpeace Switzerland are rooting out corporations that ruthlessly pursue profits at any cost – human or environmental. When they find out who they are, they’re going to name and shame them at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The worst offenders will find their sins exposed via the 2012 Public […]

Made in the USA

Why American Apparel don’t score on labour conditions Whatever you may think of jeggings – e.g., “only for those with noodle legs” – you have to admit that American Apparel has come up with a magic formula for selling clothes to the hipster generation. And they’ve built up a rep for being green. Short supply […]

Fashion Product Developer: 30 t-shirts in 120 seconds

NEW VACANCY: Fashion Product Developer, 84hrs/week, 50 EUR/month, no contract, no labor unions, no insurance! Sound like a crazy vacancy? Crazy, yes, but not unrealistic, unfortunately. Rank a Brand wants to know about the labour conditions of factory workers where our cell phones are being assembled, our garments are being sewed and our prawns are […]

New vacancy: Product Developer

Rank a Brand, a leading global company with supply chain productions in various areas, including textile, hunting for an ambitious Product Developer! We are looking for a Product Developer with: * Diligence, high concentration capacity, attention to detail * Flexibility, ability to work on average 84 hours/week * Physical health and capacity to stand and […]

Apple scorned because of transparency

Apple is being cut down in the media right after the company published its Supplier Responsibility Progress Report 2010 last weekend.  Headlines as ‘Apple admits using child labour’ and ‘Apple admits child labour was used to build iPods and iPhones in Chinese factories’ were published on the websites of newspapers. Apple said that in 2 […]