Founded in 1998 in Canada by Chip Wilson, today they operate over 200 stores in Canada, USA, Australia and NZ. 70% of their manufacturing occurs in developing countries. Wilson owns 42% of the company.
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|Lululemon Athletica Inc|
A- 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 2019][More on Workers Rights]
In 2018 KnowTheChain benchmarked 120 large global companies in the ICT, Food & Beverage, and Apparel & Footwear sectors on their efforts to address forced labour and human trafficking in their supply chains. This company received a score of 89/100.
[Source 2018][More on Workers Rights]
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]
The 2019 Fashion Transparency Index looks at how much brands know about their supply chains, what kind of policies they have in place and importantly, how much information they share with the public about their practices and products. Brands owned by this company scored 41%, signifying that it is making significant efforts in the given areas, and has made some or most of this information publicly available. The average score was 21% and the highest score was 64%.
[Source 2019][More on Sustainability Reporting]
Founder Chip Wilson controversially publicly defends the practice of child forced labor and sweatshops.
[Source 2012][More on Workers Rights]
In 2011 Lululemon sparked controversy with new shopping bags that promoted a novel by Ayn Rand. The bags had the words "Who is John Galt" on them - a phrase from the book Atlas Shrugged, which promotes the idea of individuals living for their self-interest. Lululemon founder Chip Wilson read the book when he was 18.
[Source 2011][More on Politics]
The bluesign® Standard sets "best practices" for the use of chemicals and resources including water and energy in the textile industry. Textile manufacturers who are bluesign system partners agree to establish management systems to improve environmental performance in five key areas of the production process: resource productivity, consumer safety, water emissions, air emissions, and occupational health and safety. They regularly report their progress, are subject to on-site audits, and must meet improvement goals to maintain their status.
[Source 2016][More on Habitats]
This company is a member of the CanopyStyle initiative, which came about when research found that millions of trees are used every year to produce dissolving pulp, a key ingredient for fabrics such as rayon/viscose. The campaign seeks to phase out the use of endangered forest fibre in fabric.
[Source 2018][More on Forests]
This company was included in Bloomberg's 2019 Gender-Equality Index, a list of 230 companies committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women's equality in the workplace.
[Source 2019][More on Human Rights]
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 2019][More on Animal Rights]
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 is a 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 2018][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
This company has a number of sustainability claims on its website in the areas of environmental footprint (reducing carbon emissions and waste) and responsible supply chain (environmental impacts, working conditions, raw material sources, code of ethics).
[Source 2016][More on Sustainability Reporting]
This company is a member of the Textile Exchange, a global non-profit that works closely with its members to drive textile industry transformation in preferred fibres, integrity and standards and responsible supply networks. They identify and share best practices regarding farming, materials, processing, traceability and product end-of-life in order to reduce the textile industry's impact on the world's water, soil and air, and the human population.
[Source 2019][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
California, the UK and Australia have all enacted legislation requiring companies operating within their borders to disclose their efforts to eradicate modern slavery from their operations and supply chains. Follow the link to see this company's disclosure statement.
[Source 2018][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. This company received a score of 41.5.
[Source 2014][More on Human Rights]
In 2013 Lululemon had to pull its popular black yoga pants off shelves because the fabric used to make them was too see-through. The pants are one of the companies biggest selling garments, and the resulting stock price drop has led to three class action legal proceedings from disgruntled investors.
[Source 2013][More on Product Safety]
|Company Structure||Public company|
|Revenue||US$1 billion in 2012|
|Subsidiaries||Lululemon Athletica Pty Ltd|
|Address||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|