27 May

How Ethical is French Connection?

French Connection was founded in 1972 by Stephen Marks, who wanted to create “well-designed fashionable clothing that appealed to a broad market”. French Connection is known for its 1990s controversial “FCUK fashion” ad campaign and collection, which the brand plans to re-launch at Urban Outfitters this year.

Founded in the UK, but now sold globally, French Connection makes clothes and accessories for women and men, as well as homewares. But how does the company impact the planet, people and animals? How ethical is French Connection?

Environmental Impact:

French Connection’s environment rating is ‘Very Poor’. The brand does not publish sufficient relevant information about its environmental policies to give a higher rating. As a shopper you have the right to know how its production practices impact on the environment.

Labour Conditions:

We rated French Connection’s labour policies ‘Not Good Enough’. There is no evidence that the brand investigates and reports on safety incidents. It does not disclose where its final stage of production occurs and does not mention payment of a living wage. Plus, there is no evidence of listing countries for any of its suppliers. It does audit some of its supply chain but does not state which part and what percentage.

Animal Welfare:

Its animal welfare rating is ‘Not Good Enough’. French Connection does not use fur, down, exotic animal skin and angora, but it still uses wool and leather without specifying sources.

Overall Rating: Not Good Enough

Rated: Not Good Enough

Based on information from our own research and Shop Ethical, we rated French Connection ‘Not Good Enough’. The brand needs to improve significantly, particularly on environmental and labour issues and needs to be more transparent.

 

Luckily, we’ve found 5 alternatives to French Connection so you can have a positive impact on the people, planet and animals!

Editor's note: feature image via French Connection. All other images via brands mentioned. Good On You has big plans for ethical fashion in 2019! To support our work, we may earn a commission on sales made using our offers code or affiliate links.

Ethical brand ratings. There’s an app for that.

Wear the change you want to see. Download our app to discover ethical brands and see how your favourites measure up.