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)
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)
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)
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)
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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 released the names and addresses of at least 70% of their supplier factories, has taken some action towards paying a living wage within a set timeframe in the supply chain, and has made a commitment to ringfence wages.
Source: Oxfam Australia (2021)
C grade in Baptist World Aid Australia's '2021 Ethical Fashion Report', 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: policy & governance, tracing & risk, auditing and supplier relationships, worker empowerment and environmental sustainability.
Source: Baptist World Aid Australia (2021)
In 2020 Baptist World Aid Australia released The COVID Fashion Report, a special edition of their Ethical Fashion Report. The report is framed around six COVID Fashion Commitments that ask companies to demonstrate the steps and measures they are taking to protect and support the most vulnerable workers in their supply chains. This company showed no evidence of actions that it covered any of the COVID Fashion Commitments.
Source: Baptist World Aid Australia (2020)
In 2020 Oxfam evaluated several clothing brand's purchasing practices across seven categories: whether a brand provides accurate forecasts of upcoming work to factories; its price negotiation strategies; whether a factory's environmental and social compliance influences the brand's purchasing decisions; how a brand places orders with factories; what its payment terms are; commitment to pay a living wage; and the transparency of a brand's supply chain. This company was given a score of 1.5 with 4 being the highest possible score.
Source: Oxfam Australia (2020)
According to Oxfam's 2019 report, "Made in Poverty - The True Cost of Fashion", this company sources from Bangladesh. Some of the many disturbing findings of the research in Bangladesh were that 100 per cent of workers interviewed were not paid a living wage, nine out of ten could not afford enough food for themselves and their families until their next monthly pay and seven out of 10 could not pay for medical treatment when they were sick or injured. Other findings include people sleeping on floors in overcrowded houses, spiralling debts, and mothers separated from their children.
Source: Oxfam Australia (2019)
In 2021 this company paid penalties totalling $630,000, and admitted that it breached the Australia Consumer Law in its promotion of pandemic-related 'Health Essential Products'. The ACCC issued five infringement notices to Mosaic Brands in respect of alleged false or misleading representations relating to hand sanitiser and face masks advertised on Mosaic Brands websites and via direct marketing between March and June 2020.
Source: ACCC (2021)
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