Established in 1991 in Geelong. Today they have over 600 stores in Australia, NZ, Singapore and Hong Kong. Acquired Supre in Oct 2013.
|Cotton On Clothing Pty Ltd||AUS||website|
|Cotton On Clothing Pty Ltd|
This company has signed the Cotton Pledge with the Responsible Sourcing Network, signifying a public commitment to not use Uzbekistani cotton. (Uzbekistan is the world's fifth largest exporter of cotton and has for decades been criticised for using the forced labour of its schoolchildren to harvest that cotton by hand under appalling conditions. This practice is organised and controlled by the central government).
[Source 2016][More on Human Rights]
B+ grade in the Baptist World Aid Australia's Behind the Barcode 'Australian Fashion Report 2016', which grades companies on their efforts to mitigate the risks of forced labour, child labour and worker exploitation throughout their supply chains. Assessment criteria fall into four main categories: policies, knowing suppliers, auditing and supplier relationships, and worker empowerment.
[Source 2016][More on Workers Rights]
This company has signed the 'Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh', a program endorsed by Bangladeshi and international unions and labor rights organizations. The ground-breaking program includes independent safety inspections with public reports, mandatory factory building renovations, the obligation by brands and retailers to underwrite the cost of repairs, and a vital role for workers and their unions all in a legally-binding, enforceable agreement.
[Source 2014][More on Human Rights]
Oxfam Australia's 2016 Naughty or Nice list ranks the biggest and most popular clothing brands on what they are actually doing to protect and support the women making our clothes, especially on whether brands are bold enough to bring the list of factories that make their clothes out of hiding. This company has been dubbed 'Nice', as they have published a list of their supplier factories, and joined the Bangladesh Fire & Building Safety Accord.
[Source 2016][More on Workers Rights]
In 2012 Cotton On was fined $1 million for selling children's sleepwear that was deemed so flammable it shouldn't have even been sold in Australia. Cotton On have also been at the centre of a number of controversies over the past few years including advertising bungles and an underpayment scandal.
[Source 2012][More on Product Safety]
In July 2010 Cotton On back-paid 3289 of its employees more than $278,000 after it was discovered the company had failed to pay staff for attending training out of working hours. Cotton On Clothing Pty Ltd entered into an enforceable undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman whereby the company posted an apology on Facebook, sent Human Resources managers to workplace compliance training and agreed to provide 3 consecutive annual reports on its active compliance.
[Source 2010][More on Workers Rights]
This company does not appear on the cruelty free lists of PETA, Leaping Bunny or CCF, nor do they appear on PETA's list of companies who do test on animals. Rubi cosmetics are made in China where animal testing used to be, but is no longer, required so it is unclear whether their cosmetics are tested on animals.
[Source 2016][More on Animal Testing]
The Full Federal Court of Australia ordered Cotton On Clothing Pty Ltd to pay damages of $280,000 to Elwood Clothing Pty Ltd after finding that Cotton On Clothing Pty Ltd had infringed the copyright of T-shirt and swing-tag designs belonging to Elwood Cothing Pty Ltd. http://www.lawlive.com.au/news - see Section 12 for description
[Source 2009][More on Governance]
Oxfam Australia's 2016 Transparency Scorecard investigates 12 of Australia's major fashion retailers and reveals which ones have published the names and locations of their factories. This company has not published any of their overseas suppliers' names or addresses.
[Source 2016][More on Governance]
The Cotton On Foundation raises funds through the sale of charity items, such as reusable shopping bags, in Cotton On Group stores. With these funds they assist several project and other charities.
[Source 2010][More on Finance]
This company has a publicly available Code of Conduct on its website.
[Source 2012][More on Sustainability Reporting]
In 2013 Cotton On Kids, the childrenswear arm of Cotton On, teamed up with Warner Bros Consumer Products Australia and New Zealand (part of media conglomerate Time Warner). Starting Jan 2014 Cotton On Kids selected baby and children's apparel and accessories will be sporting DC Comics' Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman designs. Time Warner is the world's largest media conglomerate.
[Source 2013][More on Governance]
|# Employees||4500 in 2012|
|Subsidiaries||Supre Holdings Pty Ltd|
|Address||14 Shepherd Court, North Geelong, VIC, 3215, Australia|
|Phone||03 5277 7000|
|Fax||03 5277 7001|
Products / BrandsCotton On
Cotton On Womens Fashion
Cotton On Menswear (casual)
Cotton On Body Underwear/Socks/Sleepwear
Cotton On Kids Childrenswear
Factorie Youth Fashion
Rubi Womens Shoes
Supre Youth Fashion