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Country Road

Rated: Not good enough

price: $$$$

location: Australia

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

Country Road sustainability rating

Planet

2 out of 5

People

2 out of 5

Animals

2 out of 5

Overall rating: Not good enough

Our ratings are based on a scale from 1 (We avoid) to 5 (Great)


Country Road is owned by Woolworths Holdings Limited.

Its environment rating is 'not good enough'. It uses some eco-friendly materials including organic cotton. It has set an intensity target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated from its own operations but it has not set a supply chain target. There is no evidence it minimises textile waste. It has set a deadline to eliminate hazardous chemicals but there is no evidence it is on track to meet its target.

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. There is no evidence it has worker empowerment initiatives such as collective bargaining or rights to make a complaint. It sources its final stage of production from countries with extreme risk of labour abuse. 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'. It has a formal animal welfare policy aligned with Five Freedoms. It uses leather and exotic animal hair. It states that it sources wool from non-mulesed sheep. It does not use down, fur, angora or exotic animal skin. It traces some animal products to the first stage of production.

Country Road is rated 'Not good enough' overall.

Last updated August 2020

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