Founded in 1994, Old Navy is an American fashion company owned by Gap Inc. The brand, named after a bar in Paris, prides itself on being a less expensive version of Gap, offering “fashion essentials” for all the family. It’s become one of the largest brands in the world, with more than 1000 stores. But with “prices you can’t believe”, we can’t help but wonder how the brand impacts on the environment, people, and animals. How ethical is Old Navy?
Old Navy uses some eco-friendly materials including recycled materials and has received an ‘A’ in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) water security questionnaire. The American brand demonstrates leadership in managing water use in its supply chain, which we love!
But while Old Navy has set a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated from its own operations and supply chain, we found no evidence it is on track to meet its target.
For these reasons we rated its environmental impact ‘It’s A Start’.
Unfortunately, Old Navy’s labour rating went down from ‘It’s A Start’ to ‘Not Good Enough’. This can be explained by the fact that none of Old Navy’s supply chain is certified by labour standards which ensure worker health and safety, living wages, or other labour rights. In addition to this, the brand has made little progress towards ensuring payment of a living wage in its supply chain or disclosing adequate policies to protect suppliers and workers in its supply chain from the impacts of COVID-19.
The brand also received a score of 41-50% in the Fashion Transparency Index. The brand published a detailed list of suppliers in the final stage of production and some information about the second stage of production. It likely publishes information about its supplier policies, audits, remediation processes, as well as information about forced labour, gender equality or freedom of association.
Old Navy’s animal rating also went down to ‘Not Good Enough’. It has a basic formal policy to protect animal welfare, but it still uses leather, wool, and exotic animal hair. The good news is that Old Navy does not use fur, angora, down, or exotic animal skin.
Overall Rating: It’s A Start
So, how ethical is Old Navy? Based on information from our own research, Old Navy is rated ‘It’s A Start’. In order to get a better rating, the brand needs to improve its environmental policies by tracking its progress towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, paying a living wage, and protecting its workers from the impacts of COVID-19. The American brand should also use less animal-based materials, especially leather and exotic animal hair.
Note that Good On You ratings consider 100s of issues and it is not possible to list every relevant issue in a summary of the brand’s performance. For more information see our How We Rate page and our FAQs.
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