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Rated: It's a start

price: $$$$

location: United States

Dickies has good policies to monitor suppliers in its supply chain but is not taking adequate steps to ensure payment of a living wage for its workers.

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Overall rating: It's a start

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

Dickies is owned by VF Corporation.

Our “Planet” rating evaluates brands based on the environmental policies in their supply chains, from carbon emissions and wastewater to business models and product circularity. Here we rate Dickies “Not Good Enough”. These are a few issues influencing its score:

  • It uses few lower-impact materials.
  • There’s no evidence it minimises solvent-based chemicals, which can be harmful to workers and the environment in production.
  • There’s no evidence it takes action to minimise its packaging, which is a driver of plastic waste.
  • It’s set a science based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in both its direct operations and supply chain but there’s no evidence it is on track.

Workers’ rights are central to our “People” rating, which assess brands’ policies and practices on everything from child labour to living wages and gender equality. Here we rate Dickies “It's a Start”. These are a few issues influencing its score:

  • It received a score of 61-70% in the 2022 Fashion Transparency Index.
  • It provides a confidential complaints mechanism for workers in its supply chain to report harassment or violence.
  • There’s no evidence it ensures workers are paid living wages in its supply chain.
  • During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, it disclosed adequate policies to protect workers in its supply chain from the virus.

Brands’ animal welfare policies and, where applicable, how well they trace their animal-derived products are the focus of our “Animals” rating. Here we rate Dickies “It's a Start”. These are a few issues influencing its score:

  • It has a formal policy aligned with the Five Freedoms of animal welfare and clear implementation mechanisms in place.
  • It appears to use leather.
  • ZQ Merino Label certifies some of the wool it sources.
  • It doesn’t appear to use down, fur, angora, exotic animal skin, or exotic animal hair.
  • It traces some animal-derived materials to the first production stage.

Based on all publicly available information we’ve reviewed, we rate Dickies “It's a Start” overall.

Last updated March 2023