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Cotton On

Rated: Not good enough

price: $$$$

location: Australia

Cotton On is not taking adequate steps to manage its greenhouse gas emissions.

Cotton On sustainability rating

Planet

2 out of 5

People

2 out of 5

Animals

2 out of 5

Overall rating: Not good enough

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Cotton On's environment rating is 'not good enough'. It uses some eco-friendly materials including recycled materials. There is no evidence it reduces its carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain. There is no evidence it has taken meaningful action to reduce or eliminate hazardous chemicals. There is no evidence it minimises textile waste.

Its labour rating is 'not good enough'. Some of its supply chain is certified by Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit - SMETA Best Practice Guidance in the final stage of production. It received a score of 11-20% in the 2021 Fashion Transparency Index. There is no evidence it implements practices to support diversity and inclusion in its supply chain. There is no evidence it ensures payment of a living wage in its supply chain. It has been linked with sourcing cotton from the Xinjiang region in China at risk of using Uyghur forced labour and has taken insufficient steps to remediate.

Its animal rating is 'not good enough'. It has a formal animal welfare policy aligned with Five Freedoms but has no clear mechanisms to implement. It uses leather. It has a policy to source wool from non-mulesed sheep but does not provide evidence on how it is implemented. It does not use fur, down, angora, exotic animal hair or exotic animal skin. There is no evidence it traces any animal products to the first stage of production.

Cotton On is rated 'Not good enough' overall.

Last updated January 2022