A Movement To Reform Fashion
4-30-21 – PayUp Fashion adds American Eagle Outfitters (owner of American Eagle and Aerie) to the Brand Tracker. This is for two reasons: American Eagle and Aerie are among the fastest-growing brands in the retail industry with sales on track to top $1 billion just in the first quarter of 2021. And yet the company imposed steep discounts on some of its suppliers of 20% on products that were shipped or in production during the pandemic. The company never agreed to #PayUp. According to the Worker Rights Consortium, many brands eventually agreed to pay back discounts to suppliers, but AEO has not.
8-12-21 – American Eagle Outfitters has not committed to The Transparency Pledge and, notably, it does not publicly disclose even a basic tier 1 cut-and-sew garment factory list. Tier 1 transparency is the absolute lowest bar of compliance in fashion and since AEO has yet to meet it, we have given AEO a “NO” for Go Transparent.
In addition to the above, to receive a “YES” for Action 3 on the PayUp Fashion Tracker, AEO must a) disclose its tier 2 (fabric mills), tier 3 (yarn and fiber mills) and tier 4 (raw materials) suppliers; b) disclose the wages of the lowest-earning workers at each factory and c) share audit and remediation reports publicly, and make these findings available to the garment workers in the audited factories.
SIGN ENFORCEABLE CONTRACTS
9-2-21 – American Eagle Outfitters (AE and Aerie) has signed onto the new enforceable Accord agreement on workplace safety. The agreement meets all of our demands, including individual accountability for brands, an independent Secretariat, and expansion into new countries. Thus, we’ve given AEO the designation of “Brand Meets Some Conditions” for meeting part of this demand. To receive a “Yes” for Sign Enforceable Contracts, AEO will need to overhaul their purchase order contracts to adopt the Buyer Code of Conduct and support a humane pace of production and dignified wages for makers. One of the drivers of workplace safety disasters is brands forcing factories to produce clothing at prices that are too low to support sustainable and ethical production.
8-12-21 – American Eagle Outfitters have made NO commitment to extend and expand the Bangladesh Accord on Fire & Building Safety, which has protected the lives of millions of garment makers in Bangladesh over eight years. They are on the negative side of our Accord Tracker and their lack of commitment to this binding agreement gets them a “No” under our Sign Enforceable Contracts action.