In August 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed Ethical Ware's website for the company supply chain management policy.
In the 'About Us' section the company stated "All our products are not only Vegan but have been carefully sourced to satisfy us to their worker friendly credentials. We've been dealing with some of the companies making footwear for us for many years now. Where we can we support the UK footwear industry as this has been hit so very hard by cheap imports from abroad, forcing much of the domestic industry to close down. We believe that the struggle for a better deal for animals cannot be separated from that same struggle for human rights. To this end many of our accessories are covered by Fair Trade criteria and we are proud to be supporting the Tibetan refugee community by offering Tibetan incense, handicrafts and music in our Tibet Shop."

EthicalWares sold footwear which appeared to be made for EthicalWare by factories around Europe. However concerns about workers' rights within European footware production had regularly been reported by Clean Clothes Campaign and it was unclear how EthicalWares verified workers' rights within each factory.
It said "much of our own branded footwear is still made in the UK. The balance is made in Europe where employment legislation and independent trade unions give at least the opportunity of decent and safe working conditions."
With regards to its clothing it said that these were either Fair Trade products or covered by the British Association of Fair Trade Shops or made in countries with a democratic political system so that there is some protection against exploitative working practices (UK and the USA).

In addition EthicalWares sold other ranges of products which were unclear what the "ethical" credentials were. Although it was noted that many products were labelled "Fair Trade" - again it was unclear how the products were "Fair Trade".

Given the fact that EthicalWares had been working with many of its suppliers for a long time and was striving to provide consumers with "ethical" products it received a middle rating for its supply chain management. While it was positive that Ethical Wares worked with factories in the UK and Europe it did not disclose where its factories were located nor what workers' rights were guaranteed.

Reference:

www.ethicalwares.com (15 August 2018)

In August 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed Ethical Wares website, for information on the company's cotton sourcing policy. Although the company sold a range of cotton products including clothing and bags, no policy could be found.

According to the Anti-Slavery international (ASI) website viewed by Ethical Consumer in June 2016, Uzbekistan was the fourth largest exporter of cotton in the world, and every year the government forcibly mobilised over one million citizens to grow and harvest cotton. Due to the high proportion of cotton likely to have come from Uzbekistan and the prevalence of forced labour in its production, the company lost half a mark in the Workers Rights category.

The Organic Trade Association website, www.ota.com, stated that cotton covered 2.5% of the world's cultivated land yet used 16% of the world's insecticides, more than any other major crop. Due to the impacts of the widespread use of pesticides in cotton production worldwide the company also lost half a mark in the Pollution & Toxics category.

According to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), a non-profit pro-biotech organisation, genetically modified cotton accounted for 68% of cotton grown globally in 2014. Due to the prevalence of GM cotton in cotton supply chains and the lack of any evidence that the company avoided it, it was assumed that some of the company's cotton products contained some GM material. As a result it lost half a mark under the Genetic Engineering category.

Reference:

www.ethicalwares.com (15 August 2018)