In 2019 Ethical Consumer received a response to a clothing questionnaire sent to Oxfam. This stated that Oxfam,

" Oxfam’s range of cotton products consists of socks (approximately 25%) and bags/homewares (approximately75%). These cotton products represent approximately 15% of our total sales in the range. We do not sell any new clothing items beyond socks and bags as we feel this would detract from our core offering of donated clothing.

The majority of our products made from cotton are in our homewares range. These are all made from recycled cotton materials from WFTO-certified producer groups. Our sock supplier is a member of the ETI and upholds the principles of the base code as well as our own Ethical and Environmental Policy. The cotton bags and homewares we sell are either WFTO or Fairtrade (FLO), GOTS certified or 100% recycled fabric where possible.

We do not currently have a policy explicitly forbidding the use of cotton from Uzbekistan, and while Fairtrade might approve a Fairtrade supplier from this region, they do not currently have any active cotton producers in this region.

We use organic cotton wherever possible, however this is dependent on its availability to the producer groups that we work with."

As the company was selling some non organic cotton and could not be sure it was not sourced from Uzbebkistan the cmpany receievd Ethical Consumer's middle rating for cotton sourcing.


Email to Tim (23 July 2019)