A Movement To Reform Fashion
There is no evidence that Madewell cancelled orders, delayed payments or asked for discounts from suppliers during the pandemic.
KEEP WORKERS SAFE
There’s no evidence that Madewell made additional efforts to Keep Workers Safe during the pandemic, such as contributing to supply chain relief or signing onto the Severance Guarantee Fund
Madewell does not publish a list of its Tier 1 manufacturers, which is now the industry standard and is critical to hold brands accountable. The company has not signed The Transparency Pledge, committing companies to publish detailed supplier information in the public domain on a regular basis. More than half of the companies we track publish a list of cut-and-sew factories, putting Madewell behind the industry on transparency.
END STARVATION WAGES
Madewell has not made clear, time-bound commitments to pay its retail and factory workers a living wage. While the brand uses some Fair Trade factory production, it’s not clear how these wages compare to a living wage.
HELP PASS LAWS
Madewell is part of J. Crew Group, which is a member of a trade association (the AAFA) that heavily lobbied against the Garment Worker Protection Act in California, which aims to end wage theft in apparel factories, and thus earning the brand a “no” in this category.