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Icebreaker

Rated: It's a start

price: $$$$

location: New Zealand

Icebreaker has good policies to ensure animal welfare but is not taking adequate steps to ensure payment of a living wage for its workers.

Icebreaker sustainability rating

Planet

3 out of 5

People

2 out of 5

Animals

4 out of 5

Overall rating: It's a start

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Icebreaker is owned by VF Corporation.

Its environment rating is 'it's a start'. It uses some eco-friendly materials including recycled materials. It has set an absolute 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. It has a policy to switch to natural fibers to minimise the impact of microplastics. There is no evidence it minimises textile waste when manufacturing its products.

Its labour rating is 'not good enough'. 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 51-60% 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 findings of supplier audits. It publishes some information about forced labour, gender equality or freedom of association. There is no evidence it ensures payment of a living wage in most of its supply chain. It discloses policies to protect suppliers in its supply chain from the impacts of COVID-19 but not workers.

Its animal rating is 'good'. It has a formal animal welfare policy aligned with Five Freedoms. It does not use leather, down, fur, angora, exotic animal skin or exotic animal hair. It uses wool certified by the ZQ Merino label. It traces most animal products to the first stage of production.

Icebreaker is rated 'It's a start' overall.

Last updated September 2020