COS is owned by Hennes & Mauritz.
Its environment rating is 'it's a start'. It uses some eco-friendly materials including organic cotton. It has fast fashion traits such as on trend styles and regular new arrivals. It has a policy approved by CanopyStyle to prevent deforestation of ancient and endangered forests in its supply chain. It has set a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated from its own operations and supply chain but there is no evidence it is on track to meet its target.
Its labour rating is 'it's a start'. Almost none of its supply chain is certified by labour standards which ensure worker health and safety, living wages or other labour rights. It received a score of 71-80% in the Fashion Transparency Index. It publishes detailed information about its supplier policies, audit and remediation processes. It publishes a detailed list of suppliers in the final stage of production, some information about the second and first stages of production and detailed information about the findings of supplier audits. It publishes detailed information about forced labour, gender equality or freedom of association. It has a project to improve wages in its supply chain however there is no evidence it ensures payment of a living wage in most of its supply chain. It discloses some policies to protect suppliers and workers in its supply chain from the impacts of COVID-19 but implementation is uncertain.
Its animal rating is 'it's a start'. It has a formal animal welfare policy aligned with Five Freedoms. It uses leather and exotic animal hair. It uses down accredited by the Responsible Down Standard. It states that it sources wool from non-mulesed sheep. It does not use fur, angora or exotic animal skin. It traces some animal products to the first stage of production.
COS is rated 'It's a start' overall.
Last Updated: July 2020