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It’s time for shoe brands to step up to the plate! In the areas of sustainability, social responsibility and transparency, which brands are progressing in leaps and bounds, and which are digging their heels in? To answer this question, Rank a Brand is asking supporters to help raise the funds needed to update our shoe […]

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 […]

Icebreaker: much bleating

Brrrr – it just got cold. If you’re not sure how to make it through to the Spring, try Icebreaker. This is a new brand from New Zealand that specialises in thermal underwear made from the wool from merino sheep. Apparently, when it’s warm it keeps you cool, and when it’s cold outside it keeps […]

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 […]

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Tweet Apple has been replaced by Nokia.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 […]

WE Fashion gets the point!

Although the apparel brand WE Fashion (European retailer with 230 shops in the Netherlands, Germany and France) only scores 4 points in our ranking, this does not mean that a better world is not a priority at WE. The brand does more behind the scenes. But as long as WE is not communicating this on […]

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 […]

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 […]