ETHICAL BRANDS A-Z

Illustrations by Maggie @objects.illustrated

Find the best ethical clothing and fashion brands worldwide. Our Ethical Brand Guide A-Z is intended to be made only for ethical brands which meet our criteria. Our ethical criteria are focused on the manufacturing process (i.a. CUT-MAKE-TRIM stage in the fashion industry) which is the most labor-intensive part of the production process. Products of the brand must be developed under the brand´s own monitoring and/or the brand must have a direct contract with the producer/factory. Ethical means, that the brand´s products should be manufactured under good working conditions whether the manufacturing process takes place in a developed region or developing region. Manufacturing which takes place in a developing region should support traditional crafts and communities and should be improved by a third-party organization. Manufacturing in a least developed region is not permitted under no circumstances. Good working conditions follow practices from internationally recognized Standards of the ILO International Labour Organisation:

1. Employment is freely chosen
2. No discrimination
3. No child labor
4. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
5. Payment of Living Wage
6. Reasonable Hours of Work
7. Safe and Healthy working conditions
8. Legally Binding employment relationship

Responsibilities For Brands:

1. Uphold Human Rights
Ensure healthy + safe + fair working conditions.

2. Protect The Nature
Use non-toxic and animal- friendly resources. Use organic and natural resources responsibly.

3. Act Climate-Friendly
Save energy. Use renewable energy. Save water. Produce locally. Cause less waste.

4. Reuse
Use recyclable and renewable materials. Recycle. Upcycle. Support a circular economy.

5. Support The Culture
Support local traditions & communities, democratic politics, and education in developing countries.

6. Transparency
Provide transparent insights into your company and supply chain. Expect the same from your suppliers. Choose certified suppliers and factories whenever possible.

Brands pay an annual directory fee. If you have any other questions, please contact us.