This is the second post in my Redeeming Consumerism series. Today I will be sharing my research on a well-known company and whether I believe their products to be an ethical choice or not. The company I have chosen for this month is Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft. I have four categories: Wages, Worker Safety, Child Labor, and Enforcement.
ANN Inc. has a strict policy against slavery and human trafficking and discloses it according to the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. Their actions include, verification of supply chains; independent, unannounced audits; supplier certification, and yearly recertification; and staff training on human trafficking and slavery prevention.
I did not find ANN Inc.’s policy on wages on their website.
ANN Inc. does not source from the factories that were involved in the tragedies in Bangladesh. I did not find exact policies for worker safety but they discuss worker safety and supplier cooperation here, here, here, and here. They list their sourcing countries here.
ANN Inc. has banned the use of sandblasting in order to promote worker safety.
ANN Inc. does not knowingly sell products that use raw materials from countries that condone the use of forced child labor and have prohibited the sourcing of cotton from Uzbekistan.
I did not find a policy on voluntary child labor on the ANN Inc. website.
ANN Inc’s Global Supplier Principles and Guidelines are the minimum requirements which a supplier must meet in order to maintain a working relationship with the company.
ANN Inc’s Corporate Social Responsibility department approve every country before business can be placed as well as inspecting and approving all production facilities before manufacturing their product there.
Overall, I think Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft are good choices for a consumer who wants to buy ethically produced fashion. As I have mentioned in this post, there are some gaps in the policies I could find on their website. If this is something that interests you, send an email, or post on social media asking Ann Taylor or Loft about their policies. It’s always good to get the conversation started.
Have a great day!
All of the information included in this article can be found on the ANN Inc. website ANNInc.com.
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