A Movement To Reform Fashion
Shein is a Chinese fast fashion retailer. For more details on Shein’s social and environmental commitments, see the Remake Brand Directory.
There is no evidence that Shein cancelled orders, delayed payments or asked for discounts from suppliers during the pandemic. But considering how non-transparently Shein operates, this gives us little assurance. The brand did not make a public commitment to honor contracts during the pandemic, as many of its competitors did.
KEEP WORKERS SAFE
The Keep Workers Safe demand requires brands to ensure their garment workers’ financial and economic safety during the pandemic by signing onto the Severance Guarantee Fund, which creates a social safety net for laid-off workers; by contributing to direct relief for garment workers; and by protecting human rights, democracy, and the right to organize. It’s estimated the cost to ensure a social safety net for garment workers is just $.10 cents more per garment. And yet Shein made no additional efforts to Keep Workers Safe during the pandemic, earning the brand a “NO” for Keep Workers Safe.
Shein is not transparent. It does not publish even a list of its Tier 1 apparel factories, which is now the industry standard. Supply chain transparency is critical to hold the industry to account.
END STARVATION WAGES
Shein has made no commitment to pay living wages to its garment makers. Instead, a 2021 investigation found that its Chinese garment makers are earning a piece-rate, sewing its clothes 75-plus hours a week with very little time off.