A Movement To Reform Fashion
Patagonia is a Remake-approved brand. The brand is on our Tracker because, as a values-driven company with sales exceeding $1 billion, we expect them to lead the pack in making commitments to all 7 Actions.
4-27-20 – Patagonia makes a public statement committing to honor its contracts with its suppliers during the pandemic.
7-1-21 – Patagonia has made some progress towards full transparency. In alignment with its commitment to the Transparency Pledge, the brand has disclosed its cut and sew factories. Beyond tier 1, Patagonia discloses some of its tier 2 (fabric mills), and tier 3 (fiber and yarn producers) suppliers. It is unclear what percentage of its total value chain these lists account for, however, and the brand is perhaps not as transparent as it first appears. It has been reported that Patagonia is one of the (many) brands suspected of sourcing from the XUAR region in China, information that is not disclosed on the brand’s supplier lists. What’s more, they have not signed onto the Call to Action by The Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region.
END STARVATION WAGES
As of 2019, 39% of Patagonia’s apparel factories are paying their workers a living wage, and the number has grown over time.
HELP PASS LAWS
California’s Garment Worker Protection Act (SB62)
7-15-21 – While Patagonia has not joined the 140+ brands officially endorsing California’s Garment Worker Protection Act (SB62), Patagonia says it’s not in opposition to the bill. PayUp Fashion wrote to Patagonia about SB62, and a representative for the brand had this to say: “We are not opposed to SB62 and the AAFA statement is not representative of our company’s position.” We also take this to mean that the AAFA opposition to SB62 (a trade body) does not in fact reflect its membership or the fashion industry’s position on wage theft in California.