National clothing and footwear retailer for men and women with 150 stores across Australia. Previously owned by Philip Goodman, who sold the company to Specialty Fashion Group in Nov 2013 for $5 million.
|Rivers (Australia) Pty Ltd||AUS||website|
| Specialty Fashion Group Ltd
owns 100% of Rivers (Australia) Pty Ltd
|Rivers (Australia) Pty Ltd|
After nearly 3 years of campaigning, 30,000 postcards, meetings and conversations with Stop the Traffik Australia, Rivers finally signed the Cotton Campaign pledge in 2013. This company has taken steps to exclude Uzbekistan cotton from their supply chains until the government of Uzbekistan ends the use of forced child labour in the harvesting of the cotton.
[Source 2013][More on Human Rights]
This 2013 investigative report by Four Corners reveals that this company ordered clothes from factories in Bangladesh that did not meet international standards. Workers in Dhaka described unacceptable conditions that see them work long hours for little pay, sometimes under the threat of abuse if deadlines are not met.
[Source 2013][More on Workers Rights]
Rivers has been criticised for eroticisation of violence against women. As shown on the Collective Shout website, the Advertising Standards Bureau upheld complaints with regards to a catalog titled "10 Deadly Deals" on the grounds that its use of sex and violence breached advertising codes.
[Source 2011][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
Rivers recalled some denim products in early 2014 after the ACCC found unacceptable concentrations of certain 'azo' dyes known to break down into carcinogenic chemicals. Europe has banned such imports and the US has restrictions in place, but no laws or rules have yet been changed to restrict their import into Australia.
[Source 2014][More on Product Safety]
|Specialty Fashion Group Ltd|
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 Workers 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 full list of their supplier factories.
[Source 2016][More on Workers Rights]
This company has been criticised for offensive advertising. In 2016 the Advertising Standards Bureau upheld complaints about a City Chic store window video ad by this company on the grounds that it breached advertising codes. The ad was subsequently discontinued or modified.
[Source 2016][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
In Oct 2009, as a result of Burma Campaign Australia's 'Don't Deal with Burma' campaign, Specialty Fashion Group committed to stop sourcing products from Burma and dealing with companies that trade in Burma.
[Source 2009][More on Human Rights]
This company has CSR claims on its website in the areas of ethical trade, sourcing policies, product safety, packaging and supply chain transparency.
[Source 2016][More on Sustainability Reporting]
This company has signed the Make Fashion Traffik Free Protocol, an initiative of Stop the Traffik Australia. Fashion companies that sign the Protocol commit to fully tracing their supply chain and to work to ensuring better working conditions.
[Source 2016][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
This company is one of of a handful of major Australian fashion retailers to publish the names and addresses of their supplier factories.
[Source 2016][More on Governance]
C+ 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]
|Company Structure||Wholly-owned subsidiary|
|Phone||03 9852 8804|
Products / BrandsRivers
Rivers Menswear (casual)
Rivers Womens Shoes
Rivers Mens Shoes
Rivers Womens Fashion