Victoria Beckham is a beloved fashion powerhouse, but the brand lacks transparency and impactful initiatives. So how ethical is Victoria Beckham? Read on to learn more about the brand’s “We Avoid” rating. This article is based on the Victoria Beckham rating published in October 2022 and may not reflect claims the brand has made since then. Our ratings analysts are constantly rerating the thousands of brands you can check on our directory.
Victoria Beckham needs to get its act together
Launched in 2008, Victoria Beckham’s eponymous fashion brand has since become a luxury fashion powerhouse, worn by celebrities and fashion influencers, and was even named Designer Brand of the Year at the 2011 British Fashion Awards.
Like many other luxury houses, Posh Spice’s brand stopped using fur in 2019. But is this enough to consider Victoria Beckham a “better” brand? And what about the brand’s impact on people, the planet, and fur-less animals? How ethical is Victoria Beckham?
When it comes to the environment, we rate Victoria Beckham “Very Poor”. The brand uses few eco-friendly materials, and at the time of rating in October 2022, we found no evidence it reduces its carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain, that it has taken meaningful action to reduce or eliminate hazardous chemicals, or that it minimises textile waste when manufacturing.
Victoria Beckham’s labour rating is also “Very Poor”. The brand simply hasn’t published sufficient relevant information about its labour policies yet to give it a higher rating. As a shopper and citizen, you have the right to know how a brand’s products impact its workers.
Finally, we rate Victoria Beckham’s impact on animals “Not Good Enough”. While the brand stopped using fur, down, angora, and exotic animal skin, it still uses leather, wool, and exotic animal hair. Plus, we found no evidence the brand has a policy to minimise the suffering of animals or that it traces any animal products to the first stage of production.
Victoria Beckham is not taking adequate steps to reduce its impact on the planet and animals and ensure its workers are treated and paid fairly. As a result, we rate the brand “We Avoid”, our lowest possible score.
Being fur-free is a great first step, but it’s not enough. Like many luxury brands, Victoria Beckham should start by being more transparent and disclosing what it’s actually doing. What we’d really, really want (wink to the Spice fans) from Victoria Beckham is that the brand puts essential social and environmental practices in place, uses more responsible materials, ensures its workers are paid and treated fairly, and improves its animal score (a common theme for luxury brands).
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