A Movement To Reform Fashion
Sears has not agreed to #PayUp
6-6-20 – According to multiple media reports, Sears (run by billionaire CEO Edward Lampert) owes Bangladeshi suppliers at least $55 million for completed orders placed prior to the pandemic, including $21 million in finished goods already shipped and sitting in U.S. ports. Suppliers filed a lawsuit against Sears in June of 2020 for the unsettled dues. Sears has not filed for bankruptcy protection again during the pandemic and is not currently in bankruptcy proceedings.
8-16-21 – Sears has not committed to The Transparency Pledge and, notably, it does not appear to 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 the company has yet to meet it, we have given Sears a “NO” under Go Transparent.
In addition to the above, to receive a “YES” for Action 3 on the PayUp Fashion Tracker, Sears 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.