Women's wear, lingerie and beauty products
Founded in 1977, today this company is USA's largest retailer of lingerie, and the largest segment of L Brands.
| L Brands Inc
owns 100% of Victoria's Secret
This website by German NGO Earth Link rates companies on their corporate policies against child labour, production monitoring and accusations of child labour. This company received at least one green mark, and no red marks, indicating good performance in one or more of these areas.
[Source 2013][More on Human Rights]
This company appears on PETA's (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, USA) 'Companies That Do Test On Animals' list, signifying that they manufacture products that are tested on animals at some stage of development.
[Source 2015][More on Animal Testing]
This 2011 report by the International Textile Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF) examined working conditions in 83 factories in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Investigations found that widespread violations and abuses of workers' rights continue to be the norm, such as underpaying workers, long hours, forced overtime, and repression of the freedom of association. This company's brands were found to be made in one or more of the 83 factories covered in the research.
[Source 2011][More on Workers rights]
Rank a Brand searches the websites of brands for the answers to carefully targeted questions. From this they calculate sustainability scores based on the themes of environment, climate, labor issues, and transparency. Brands owned by this company received a 'D'.
[Source 2012][More on Sustainability Reporting]
This 2012 report by a group of Chinese NGOs reveals links between international apparel brands and pollution from China's textile industry. The report calls on major apparel brands and retailers to immediately determine if their suppliers have violation records, and push suppliers in violation of environmental laws to immediately implement corrective actions. This company has not yet responded.
[Source 2012][More on Habitats]
This 2007 investigative report into a sewing factory in Jordan reveals how workers are: paid well below living wage, illegally forced to work overtime, denied necessary residency permits, housed in freezing unheated dorms, and set impossible production goals. Their customers include Victoria's Secret. [Listed under information due to age of report]
[Source 2007][More on Workers Rights]
Major corporations, including this one, use prison labour in the USA, where prisoners are paid slave wages as low as 23 cents an hour doing work which is often dangerous, toxic and unprotected. While much of the work done by prisoners is for the military, other major corporations are taking advantage of the cheap labour in both federal and state US prisons.
[Source 2013][More on Workers Rights]
'Nice' rating on the 2009 Naughty/Nice List, the Scorecard on the Catalog and Direct Mail Industry by Forest Ethics. [Listed under information due to age of report]
[Source 2009][More on Forests]
This company has taken angora items off the shelves and promised not to use angora again, following a PETA campaign launched in Dec 2013 which revealed the cruelty inflicted on angora rabbits in Chinese factory farms, where 90% of the world's angora is produced.
[Source 2014][More on Animal Rights]
|L Brands Inc|
Climate Counts compares companies on their commitment to reducing their climate impact. This company received the 'Striding' rating, for making strong headway to reduce their climate impact.
[Source Dec 2012][More on Climate Change]
This company is listed as having best practice on a report card on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in corporate America.
[Source 2014][More on Workers Rights]
This company is listed by the International Labour Rights Forum as having made a commitment to stop using Uzbek cotton. (Uzbekistan is the world's second largest exporter of cotton and has for decades been criticised for using the forced labor of its schoolchildren to harvest that cotton by hand under appalling conditions. This practice is organised and controlled by the central government).
[Source 2012][More on Human Rights]
Responsible Sourcing Network's 2014 report Cotton Sourcing Snapshot: A Survey of Corporate Practices to End Forced Labor includes survey results and ratings of 49 companies reflecting actions they are taking to stop cotton from Uzbekistan picked with forced labor from entering their supply chains. The survey offered a maximum of 100 points across 11 indicators in the categories of Policy, Public Disclosure, Engagement, and Implementation & Auditing. Only five companies scored over 50 points, 19 companies scored under 25 points, and two companies scored zero. Although this company scored under 50 points, it was given a special mention in the report for its efforts to address the issue of Uzbek cotton.
[Source 2014][More on Human Rights]
This 2011 report by the Clean Clothes Campaign grades companies on their efforts to ensure workers in its supply chain receive a living wage. It states ''This company has a sourcing and labour standards policy which it displays on its website, but it is not developed enough to have considered living wages.''
[Source 2011][More on Workers Rights]
This company received a score of 28.7/100 in the Newsweek Green Rankings 2015, which ranks the world's largest publicly traded companies on eight indicators covering energy, greenhouse gases, water, waste, fines and penalties, linking executive pay to sustainability targets, board-level committee oversight of environmental issues and third-party audits. Ranking methodology by Corporate Knights and HIP Investor.
[Source 2015][More on Sustainability Reporting]
As You Sow's 2015 report, Mining the Disclosures, is a deep analysis of 155 companies' human rights performance in relation to sourcing conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This company's Conflict Minerals Response Performance Rating was above 40% (Minimal).
[Source 2015][More on Human Rights]
As You Sow's 2015 report, 'The 100 Most Overpaid CEOs', reveals the 100 most overpaid CEOs from USA's 500 largest public companies (as determined by the S&P 500 list). This company's CEO, Leslie H. Wexner came in at number 78 on the list, having been paid US$15,875,922 in 2013. According to the report, "Most CEOs have come to be grossly overpaid, and that overpayment is harmful to the companies, the shareholders, the customers, the other employees, the economy, and society as a whole."
[Source 2015][More on Finance]
In 2011 Greenpeace launched their Detox Campaign, to expose the direct links between global clothing brands, their suppliers and toxic water pollution around the world. As a result, many companies, including this one, have joined Greenpeace's Detox Program, which requires companies to adopt a credible, individual and public commitment to phase out the use and release of all toxic chemicals from their global supply chain and products, by 1 January 2020.
[Source 2015][More on Habitats]
In 2011, a group of major apparel and footwear brands and retailers, including this company, made a shared commitment to help lead the industry towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020. It includes specific commitments and timelines to realize this shared goal.
[Source 2014][More on Habitats]
This company has announced that they don't sell animal fur or are phasing in a fur-free policy.
[Source 2014][More on Animal Rights]
This company has pledged to move away from or have implemented an outright ban on wool from mulesed lambs. The Australian merino wool industry has been criticised by animals rights groups such as PETA and Animals Australia for 'mulesing', a routine practice where skin is sliced from the buttocks of lambs without anaesthetic, in order to reduce the incidence of flystrike.
[Source 2012][More on Animal rights]
This company has an extensive corporate responsibility section on its website.
[Source 2012][More on Sustainability Reporting]
Since its inception in 1993, the L Brands Foundation has contributed more than $160 million to support non-profit organizations, and is committed to supporting community programs that focus on empowering women, nurturing and mentoring children and improving education.
[Source 2012][More on Finance]
A full profile on this US company can be seen at 'Responsible Shopper' website. Follow source link for details on company record and involvements.
A full profile on this US company can be seen at 'Knowmore' website. Follow source link for details on company record and involvements.
|Company Structure||Wholly-owned subsidiary|
|Revenue||US$6.12 billion in 2014|
|Address||Columbus, Ohio, USA|
Products / BrandsVictoria's Secret
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