A Movement To Reform Fashion
As of February of 2021, ASOS owns Topshop, Topman, HIIT, and Miss Selfridge and information about those brands can be found here.
4-24-21 – ASOS is the first brand to make a public commitment to sign an extended and expanded Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, meeting a key part of Action 2: Keep Workers Safe.
3-21-21 – Although ASOS will not agree to pay for cancelled orders on behalf of Topshop and other brands it acquired via its purchase of Arcadia Group, ASOS has publicly committed to find resolutions with civil society and other retailers to any hardship faced by suppliers impacted by those order cancellations. For this reason, we’ve restored ASOS to #PayUp – Yes.
2-8-21 – PayUp Fashion is investigating ASOS’ intention to pay for Arcadia Groups’ cancelled orders. ASOS’ billionaire owner has purchased Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge from the struggling conglomerate. Per the demands of PayUp Fashion, ASOS must now #PayUp to Arcadia Group’s factories to be moved to the “Yes” side of our Brand Tracker.
1-30-21 – ASOS purchases several Arcadia Group brands out of administration, including Topshop, Topman, and HIIT. Arcadia Group is owned by billionaire Philip Green and is among the companies that has not agreed to #PayUp, leaving its garment workers in the lurch while seeking shelter in administration. According to The Guardian, Arcadia clothing suppliers are expected to only receive 1% of the money owed to them. We are demanding that ASOS #PayUp to Arcadia’s clothing suppliers.
12-20-20 – ASOS’ profits climbed a dramatic 329% in 2019 to $152 million in year-to-date earnings, joining the ranks of brands who’ve turned a pandemic profit while garment worker wages have declined 21% and 77% have experienced hunger [PDF].
5-20-20 – ASOS agrees to #PayUp for all in-process and completed orders placed prior to the pandemic in full and on time.
KEEP WORKERS SAFE
2-3-21 – ASOS has not agreed to Keep Workers Safe. Our demand is that profitable brands contribute to the Severance Guarantee Fund for laid-off garment workers and contribute 1% of annual net revenue towards direct relief for garment workers. Like many other large brands, ASOS is a signatory to the ILO Call to Action, which promised eleven months ago to “protect garment workers’ income.” Unfortunately, the Call to Action has to date released a staggeringly insufficient sum of money to garment workers (less than $200 million to just four countries) and is in no way a satisfactory response to this crisis.
8-18-21 – In alignment with its commitment to the Transparency Pledge, ASOS discloses all of its tier 1 cut and sew factories. The company thus receives a yellow slash for its progress towards Go Transparent. To receive a “YES” for Action 3 on the PayUp Fashion Tracker, ASOS must a) additionally disclose its tier 2 (fabric mills), tier 3 (fiber and yarn producers) 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 – ASOS leads in negotiating and signing onto a strong 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 ASOS the designation of “Brand Meets Some Conditions” for meeting part of this demand. To receive a “Yes” for this demand, ASOS will need to overhaul their purchase order contracts to adopt the Buyer Code of Conduct, support a humane pace of production and dignified wages for makers, as one of the drivers of workplace safety disasters is brands, particularly when they force factories to produce clothing at prices that are too low to support sustainable and ethical production.
4-21-21 – ASOS publicly commits to extend and expand the Bangladesh Accord on Fire & Building Safety, agreeing to individual brand accountability, an independent Secretariat to oversee the Accord, and expansion into new garment-producing countries. For their commitment, they get a yellow slash under Sign Enforceable Agreements to indicate they’ve met some conditions of this demand. They are also on the positive side of our Accord Tracker.