When we first started Good On You back in 2015, we decided to focus our brand ratings on the three key pillars of People, Planet, and Animals. These are the fundamental building blocks of not only fashion but of consumption as a whole. And by separating a brand’s production process into these three areas, it’s simpler for you to shop based on your values. We have rolled up our sleeves and tracked down the most eco-friendly brands for those with the environment front of mind and a whole host of vegan brands for those who would rather leave animals out of their clothes and accessories altogether.
Today, we’re sharing the ethical clothing brands doing ‘Great’ for the workers in their supply chains. The impact of the fast fashion industry on garment workers is widespread and distressing, but luckily brands like these are stepping up to the plate and ensuring the people who make our clothes are treated as they should be.
Our ‘People’ scores look at a range of crucial elements, including whether a brand has policies and practices on child labour, forced labour, worker safety, freedom of association (the right to join a union), and gender equality. We also consider how well a brand ensures its policies are implemented: do they empower workers, have supportive supplier relationships, or conduct meaningful audits? Do their policies protect workers from the impacts of COVID-19? And, of course, the all-important question: do they pay a living wage?
Read on to discover 26 ethical clothing brands prioritising people and creating beautiful clothing that uplifts and empowers the skilled makers who put the shirts on our backs!