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, who sold the company to Noni B in 2018.
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| Mosaic Brands Ltd
owns 100% of Rivers (Australia) Pty Ltd
| Alceon Group Pty Ltd
owns 36% of Mosaic Brands Ltd
|Rivers (Australia) Pty Ltd|
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: Collective Shout (2011)
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. [Listed under Information due to age of report]
Source: ABC (2013)
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: ACCC (2014)
Philip Goodman, chairman and sole director of Rivers Australia, has had sexual harassment charges lodged against him twice in two years.
Source: news article (2013)
|Mosaic Brands Ltd|
Oxfam Australia's Company Tracker compares the big clothing brands on their efforts to pay a living wage to the women working in their factories. This company has not published a list of its supplier factories, has not made a public commitment to paying living wages, and does not have a satisfactory grievance mechanism in place for workers to report violations of their rights.
Source: Oxfam Australia (2019)
D grade in the Baptist World Aid Australia's 'Ethical Fashion Report 2019', which grades companies, from A to F, on the strength of their systems to mitigate against the risks of forced labour, child labour and worker exploitation in their supply chains, as well as protect the environment from the harmful impacts of the fashion industry. Assessment criteria fall into five main categories: policies, transparency and traceability, auditing and supplier relationships, worker empowerment and environmental management.
Source: Baptist World Aid Australia (2019)
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