DATA

THE PROS:

In October 2014, the Vancouver Observer reported that Aritzia had joined Canopy’s Fashion Loved by Forest Initiative. The brand committed to eliminate its use of fabrics that contain endangered forest fibre; engage suppliers to shift away from any endangered forest sourcing, advance long-term conservation solutions and alternative fabric options that are more sustainable such as recycled fabrics or non-wood fibres like straw.

The brand sells products made from recycled materials and hemp, modal and has a range of vegan products.

THE CONS:

The brand does not publicly disclose the countries in which its suppliers are located or the supplier names and addresses. And it is unclear if Aritzia can trace its supply chain.

The brand does not publicly share any policies against the use of cotton sourced from Uzbekistan in its products or policies banning the practice of sandblasting.

The brand does sell some products that use angora.

/ Aritzia owns TNA, Talula, Babaton, Wilfred, Wilfred Free, Community, Le Fou, La Notte, Sunday Best, Paradise Mine, The Castings, SIXELEVEN and Auxiliary.

/ Aritzia has over 60 stores located across North America.

/ The brand employs over 2300 people at its stores.

/ We don’t have any information on how many suppliers the brand uses, how many people the brand employs throughout its supply chain, lead times, annual revenue, how many garments the company produces annually, how long the products are designed to last, and how many collections the company releases annually.

 

/ The brand does not publicly disclose the countries in which its suppliers are located or the supplier names and addresses.

/ It is unclear if Aritzia can trace its supply chain.

/ The brand discloses little information about its supply chain and its social and environmental impact. The information they do communicate is summarized in the respective section.

 

/ Aritzia has a publicly available Vendor Code of Conduct.

/ We don’t have any information on how the brand addresses collective bargaining rights, whether or not supplier recruitment fees are prohibited, how the brand addresses freedom of movement for workers at supplier facilities, what levels and how much of its supply chain it audits, whether or not the code of conduct is included in supplier contracts, how the brand addresses non-interference towards trade unions and worker organising, among others, for a full list visit here.

/ The brand states that suppliers must pay workers the local requirements for wages and benefits or the prevailing industry standard, whichever is higher.

/ Aritzia has a policy against the use of unauthorised subcontracting.

/ Aritzia uses a third party social compliance auditing company to conduct announced audits of all its garment factories for human trafficking and slavery risks, and compliance of the Vendor Code of Conduct. They state that on occasion the brand’s Social Responsibility Manager accompanies auditors on inspections.

/ All Aritzia vendors must comply with the international environmental laws and regulations. The vendors are encouraged to minimize the negative impact of their operations on the environment.

/ The brand sells products made from recycled materials and hemp, modal and has a range of vegan products.

/ The brand does sell some products that use angora.

/ In October 2014, the Vancouver Observer reported that Aritzia had joined Canopy’s Fashion Loved by Forest Initiative. The brand committed to eliminate its use of fabrics that contain endangered forest fibre; engage suppliers to shift away from any endangered forest sourcing, advance long-term conservation solutions and alternative fabric options that are more sustainable such as recycled fabrics or non-wood fibres like straw.

/ We don’t have any information on animal welfare policies including the responsible sourcing of down and a ban on angora, whether or not the brand uses renewable energy at any stage of its supply chain, if the brand has measured its carbon footprint, if the brand has measured its water footprint, what the brand is doing to reduce its water footprint, what the brand doing to ensure the proper treatment of water before it is returned to local waterways, policies that are in place to limit the use of hazardous chemicals, waste management policies, a product take back scheme.

 

/ The brand does not share any goals regarding how it is working to improve environmental and social conditions in its supply chain. Do you know of any?

/ The brand does not publicly disclose that it is a part of any multi stakeholder initiatives to improve the social and environmental impact of its supply chain.

 

/ In 2014, Aritzia launched the Full of Heart social media initiative to help raise money for the Cause We Care Foundation. The brand made a donation to Cause We Care for each photo tagged #FullofHeart on Instagram. Staff also volunteered at fundraising events, and Aritizia worked with Cause We Care on a t-shirt collaboration, with all proceeds going to the organization.

/ Aritzia sponsored the Minerva Foundation’s “Learning to Lead” weekend for grade 11 girls, providing executive mentors, custom t-shirts and financial sponsorship.

/ Aritzia donates volunteer hours to serve meals, and regularly donates clothes and accessories to the Union Gospel Mission to support young women in need across the Lower Mainland.

/ Aritzia supports Dress For Success Vancouver, an organisation that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women with professional attire and support, with product donations and financial support.

 

/ We do not have any information on Aritzia CEO, Brian Hill’s salary.

/ The company is privately owned.

/ In January 2013, Hush Magazine reportedly spoke with an Aritzia store employee who complained of high sales quotas, a catty and competitive work environment, long hours and unrealistic work dress expectations.

/ Aritzia has not reported investing in any sustainability related innovations.

VOICES

GLEN KORSTROM | BUSINESS VANCOUVER

“Aritzia does not reveal where its clothing is made or what percentage of its sales is from private-label products.” – 10/18/2015

 


VANCOUVER OBSERVER

“Global icon Levi Strauss & Co., British retail institution Marks & Spencer, fashion brand Aritzia, online retailer ASOS and lifestyle brands Under the Canopy and Portico, are joining the not-for-profit’s Fashion Loved by Forest initiative. Their commitments add even greater momentum to the growing global shift in fabric sourcing as brands work to ensure future supply doesn’t harm endangered forests or contribute to deforestation.” – 10/29/2015

 

Aritzia Social Responsibility:

Aritzia has a Social & Environmental Responsibility (SER) team whose sole mission is guiding our employees and partners toward socially and environmentally responsible decisions that reflect both our values and those of humankind in general, decisions we hope will benefit everyone in our larger global community.”