Redeeming Consumerism: Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft

Hello!

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.

Wages

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.

Worker Safety

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 herehere, here, and here. They list their sourcing countries here.

ANN Inc. has banned the use of sandblasting in order to promote worker safety.

Child Labor

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.

Enforcement

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!

~Maizy

All of the information included in this article can be found on the ANN Inc. website ANNInc.com.

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great; you know I’m classier than that;). However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

If you are interested in reading my earlier Redeeming Consumerism posts: How Consumer Culture Supports SlaveryThe Refugee Project

 

 

Redeeming Consumerism: The Refugee Project

Hello!

I am back with the second post of my redeeming consumerism series.The Refugee Project is a Houston based organization that equips, empowers, and employs refugee women in the Houston area. They teach useful skills to the women they serve and employ them in making knitted and crocheted products that they sell on their online store. %100 of the proceeds from the store go to sustaining the refugee women and providing them with a fair wage. I highly reccomend that you visit their website and read some of the stories of the women that they serve, as well as checking out their social media to see what they are currently up to!

I own these tan boot cuffs and my mom owns These earrings. The earrings are currently sold out but will hopefully be in stock again soon. I styled them for you so you can get an idea of how you can wear some of the pieces from this company.

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I have also been eyeing this clutch, I think it would be a fantastic sunglasses case as well as this bracelet, and these fingerless gloves.

These are accessories that you can feel great about purchasing because you know that they are helping women in need to support themselves and their children and are not produced by slaves or people in low-paying, hazardous conditions.

Consumerism does not have to be a negative thing. There is wisodm in moderation but consumers can also have a very powerful voice when we choose to vote with our dollars for things that are meaningful and make the world a better place isntead of fueling mindless buying, and the exploitation of the vulnerable.

Have a great day!

~Maizy