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 2018', which grades companies, from A to F, on the strength of their systems to mitigate against the risks of forced labour, child labour, and exploitation in their supply chains. Assessment criteria fall into four main categories: policies, knowing suppliers, auditing and supplier relationships, and worker empowerment.
[Source 2018][More on Workers Rights]
This company has states a number of enviromental claims on its website including supporting a tree planting program in New Zealand and making products that last.
[Source 2012][More on Environmental Claims]
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 2016][More on Animal Rights]
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.
|Super Retail Group Ltd|
This company won awards in 2013 and 2016 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 2016][More on Packaging]
Signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant, a voluntary agreement to encourage waste minimisation.
[Source 2017][More on Packaging]
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 2019][More on Human Rights]
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 2013][More on Human Rights]
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 2013][More on Workers Rights]
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 2018][More on Workers Rights]
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 2019][More on Workers Rights]
|Company Structure||Wholly-owned subsidiary|
|Address||8 Kennedy Place, Hillsborough, Christchurch, New Zealand|
Products / BrandsMacpac
Macpac Outdoor Wear