Founded in New Zealand in the 1970's. After 30 years of manufacturing in NZ, they moved production offshore in 2001. Acquired by Rebel Sport owner Super Retail Group in 2018.
| Super Retail Group Ltd
owns 100% of Macpac Ltd
B- 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)
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 evidence of actions that cover ALL areas of the COVID Fashion Commitments.
Source: Baptist World Aid Australia (2020)
This company has committed to making products with RDS-certified down. The Responsible Down Standard (RDS) is an independent, voluntary global standard which ensures that down and feathers come from ducks and geese that have been treated well, with no live plucking or force feeding. However the RDS has been criticised by PETA, who claim live plucking still occurs at RDS farms. (http://bit.ly/2cYTtoJ)
Source: RDS (2019)
This company has states a number of sustainability claims on its website in the areas of responsible materials and making products that last.
Source: company website (2020)
This company is a founding member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a multi-stakeholder initiative launched in March 2011 by a group of global apparel and footwear companies and non-profit organizations (representing nearly one third of the global market share for apparel and footwear). The Coalition's goals are to reduce the apparel industry's environmental and social impact, and to develop a universal index to measure environmental and social performance of apparel products.
Source: Sustainable Apparel Coalition (2020)
Cam Walker from Friends of the Earth Melbourne has created a website which profiles outdoor gear companies and rates them according to a range of sustainability criteria. Follow the link to see this company's profile.
Source: Green Outdoor Gear (2011)
|Super Retail Group Ltd|
Signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant, a voluntary agreement to encourage waste minimisation.
Source: Australian Packaging Covenant (2020)
This company won awards in 2013, 2016 and 2018 from the Australian Packaging Covenant, for demonstrating their commitment to environmental sustainability by performing 'above and beyond' in their efforts to minimise waste. This company achieved the highest overall score in their category, retailer.
Source: Australian Packaging Covenant (2018)
This company has signed the Cotton Pledge with the Responsible Sourcing Network, signifying a public commitment to not knowingly source Uzbek cotton for the manufacturing of any of their products until the Government of Uzbekistan ends the practice of forced labor in its cotton sector. The Uzbek government uses local government officials, hospital directors, and school presidents to mobilize workers; and detains and tortures human rights defenders seeking to monitor the harvests.
Source: As You Sow (2019)
This company received an S&P Global ESG Score of 60/100 in the Retailing category of the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an annual evaluation of companies' sustainability practices (last updated 7 Feb 2021). The rankings are based on an analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, environmental reporting, climate strategy, human rights and labour practices.
Source: S&P Global (2021)
This 2013 report by The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) investigates the labour and human rights risks in supply chain sourcing. This company is identified on page 21 as a company which sources products from countries with known systemic labour and human rights concerns.
Source: ACSI (2013)
in 2018 this company admitted to underpaying its staff by $7.8 million during the previous year. The company said it identified the issue through its own internal processes and had sought external expert advice. "We have taken all possible steps to ensure that affected team members receive what they are owed plus 5.5 per cent interest per year and that this issue does not happen again."
Source: ABC (2018)
In 2019 this company announced it will allocate $43 million to repay staff. The sum equates to six years' worth of unpaid overtime and allowances to retail managers, with 10% of staff affected by the underpayment. This is the second time in a year SRG has announced a remuneration oversight, after revealing it had underpaid members of its Set Up team $8 million in August 2018.
Source: Ragtrader (2019)
Super Retail Group removed Summit merchandise from all its stores in Oct 2013 in response to allegations that Summit, a supplier of sporting goods to their company Rebel Sport, was secretly using children to stitch rugby league footballs.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald (2013)
This company has sustainability claims on its website in the areas of responsible sourcing, waste reduction, climate change and community support.
Source: company website (2020)
In 2020, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change risk. Responding companies are scored across four key areas: disclosure; awareness; management; and leadership. This company received a CDP Climate Change Score of C.
Source: CDP (2020)
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