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Below are a list of companies and brands that have been implicated in using sweatshop labour or been involved in other unethical manufacturing processes. It’s not possible to get a definitive list as most companies have policies that say the right thing……but in practice the story is often different.

The list below includes brands that scored a C, D, E or F on the 2018 Baptist World Aid Fashion Guide as well as those that scored a D, E or F on the 2018 Shop Ethical Guide.


  • Bardot
  • Ben Sherman
  • Best and Less
  • Billabong
  • Colorado
  • Dangerfield
  • David Jones
  • Dotti
  • Forever 21
  • General Pants Company
  • Jacqui E
  • Jay Jays
  • Just Jeans
  • Katies
  • Kookai
  • Lacoste
  • Lemonade
  • Lorna Jane
  • Lowes
  • Milkshake
  • Miss Shop
  • Mooks
  • Mossimo
  • Myer
  • Peter Alexander
  • Portmans
  • Princess Highway
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Regatta
  • Revival
  • Rockmans
  • Roger David
  • Sass & Bide
  • Seed Heritage
  • Sportsgirl
  • Sussan
  • Temt
  • Top Shop
  • Tree of Life
  • Valley Girl

Underwear and Socks:

  • Bras’n’things
  • Kayser
  • Victoria’s Secret

Kids clothes:

  • Sprout (Myer)
  • Best and Less


  • Asics
  • Clarks
  • Emerica
  • Grosby
  • Rivers
  • Volley


  • Hasbro (Transformers, My Little Pony, Play Doh, Nerf, Playskool, Board games, Yokai, FurReal Friends, Littlest Pet Shop, Jurassic World, Marvel, Sesame Street, Star Wars)
  • Mattel (Hot Wheels, Barbie, Monster High, DC Universe, Matchbox,  Planes, Cars, Polly Pocket, Paw Patrol Toys)
  • Fisher-Price (Imaginext toys, DC Super Friends, Power Rangers, Sponge Bob, Power Wheels, Little People, Thomas and Friends, Think and Learn, Mega Bloks, Bob the Builder, Dora and Friends, Smart Toy)
  • Tomy (Pokemon toys, the Good Dinosaur, Zootopia, Sonic Boom, Chuggington, Lamaze)
  • Namco (Digimon, Ben 10, Tamagochi)
  • Little Tikes
  • Disney
  • Hello Kitty
  • K’nex
  • Meccano
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • VTech

Computers, Tablets, Smartphones, eReaders: Lenovo, Toshiba, Asus, Apple, Dell, Samsung, Amazon Kindle, Motorola, HTC, Huawei, Apple,

Gaming Consoles: Nintendo Wii

Additionally, the following stores have been implicated in the use of sweatshop labour for some of their clothing and goods:

  • Big W
  • Target
  • Best and Less

If your favourite brand isn’t on this list or on the Ethical Brands list, then it’s probably scoring a B rating. Go ahead and put some pressure on the company by emailing them and writing on their social media pages to encourage them to clean up their act enough to make it to Ethical Brands list.

Please be aware that companies practices change all the time, with some improving and others being busted for unethical practices.

If you have any information on additional companies/brands that are suspected of using sweatshop labour, please let me know and I will add them.

Sources: Shop Ethical, 11 of your favourite fashion brands that use sweatshop labour, How do your favourite clothes brands rank on worker welfare?, Oxfam Ethical Trading, 2018 Baptist World Aid Fashion Guide