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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 2016 Baptist World Aid Fashion Guide as well as those that scored a D, E or F on the 2015 Shop Ethical Guide.


  • Forever 21
  • Lorna Jane
  • General Pants Company
  • Quicksilver
  • Calvin Klein
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Roxy
  • Tree of Life
  • Lowes
  • Lululemon
  • Gap
  • Dotti
  • Jacqui E
  • Jay Jays
  • Just Jeans
  • Peter Alexander
  • Portmans
  • Levis
  • Metalicus
  • Milkshake
  • Miss Shop
  • Regatta
  • Sass & Bide
  • Valley Girl
  • Stussy
  • Dangerfield
  • Princess Highway
  • Revival
  • Temt
  • Katies
  • Lemonade
  • Roger David
  • Colorado
  • Seed Heritage
  • Billabong
  • Kookai
  • Lacoste
  • Speedo

Underwear and Socks:

  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Bonds
  • Rio
  • Hanes
  • Explorer
  • Jockey
  • Holeproof

Outdoor wear:

  • Macpac

Kids clothes:

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Gymboree
  • Mambo
  • Urban Angel
  • Sprout


  • Converse
  • Vans
  • Macbeth
  • Emerica
  • Rivers
  • Asics
  • Brooks
  • Mathers


  • 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

Desktop Computers: Lenovo, Toshiba, Asus

Tablets: Samsung, Toshiba, Lenovo, Asus, Amazon Kindle

Smartphones: Samsung, Motorola, HTC

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, 2016 Baptist World Aid Fashion Guide, Aussie Fashion Brands Named and Shamed over Sweatshops