In August 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed Ethical Market's website for the company's supply chain management policies.
The company had a set of ethical criteria / standards. It stated "Being as transparent as possible is at the forefront of what we do. Because of this, we ensure sellers assign their products one or more of the following stamps to show which ethical standards their products fit in to... we have picked one ethical area we feel particularly passionate about and that is creating fair working practices. Our one mandatory standard is Fairly Made to ensure that items are sweatshop-free and encourage a world with better working conditions."
The Fairly Made criteria stated "The seller confirms that this item or garment has been ethically produced and/or sourced through the entire manufacturing chain, ensuring fair working practices of all work carried out after the sourcing of raw materials. A fair working practice includes fair salaries, legal employment and safe working conditions for employees." Ethical Consumer thought it was a positive position that all suppliers should be meeting the Fairly Made criteria.
However it was noted that the critieria was not defined in terms of the ILO conventions and did not mention working hours, child labour, forced labour or freedom of association.
It was unclear how Ethcial Market monitored or confirmed that companies were adhering to its Fairly Made clause and the company did not have a full list of its suppliers available.
Ethical Market received Ethical Consumer's middle rating for its supply chain management policies. While the company had made its Fairly Made criteria a compulsory requirement to being included on its website it was not defined in terms of the ILO conventions on child labour, forced labour, working hours or freedom of association. It was therefore hard to assess how rigiourous its Fairly Made criteria was on suppliers in terms of ensuring working rights were met throughout their supply chains.
https://ethical.market/ethical-standards/ (15 August 2018)