American Apparel

Rated: Not good enough

price: $$$$

location: United States

American Apparel is not taking adequate steps to ensure payment of a living wage for its workers.

American Apparel sustainability rating


2 out of 5


2 out of 5


2 out of 5

Overall rating: Not good enough

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American Apparel is owned by Gildan.

Its environment rating is 'not good enough'. It uses few eco-friendly materials. It has set an intensity target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but it has not set an absolute target. It complies with its own Restricted Substances List but there is no evidence that it has taken meaningful action to reduce or eliminate hazardous chemicals. It reuses some of its offcuts to minimise textile waste.

Its labour rating is 'not good enough'. Some of its supply chain is accredited by FLA Workplace Code of Conduct including all of the final stage of production. It received a score of 41-50% in the Fashion Transparency Index. It likely publishes detailed information about its supplier policies, audits and remediation processes. It publishes a detailed list of suppliers in the final stage of production and some information about the second stage of production. It may be publishing some information about forced labour, gender equality or freedom of association. There is no evidence it ensures payment of a living wage in its supply chain. It discloses policies to protect suppliers and workers in its supply chain from the impacts of COVID-19.

Its animal rating is 'not good enough'.T here is no evidence it has a policy to minimise the suffering of animals. It uses leather and wool. It does not use fur, down, angora, or exotic animal skin. There is no evidence it traces any animal product to the first stage of production.

American Apparel is rated 'Not good enough' overall.

Last updated February 2021