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Is Fila an ethical and sustainable sports and fashion brand?

Fila is a South Korean sportswear and fashion brand owned by Fila Holdings Corporation. The Good Shopping Guide gives the brand a low Ethical Rating. Unfortunately, this brand receives a low Good Shopping Guide Ethical Score in our Ethical Fashion Retailers Ratings Table and has not yet met our minimum Ethical Benchmark. This brand has several areas to improve upon before it would likely qualify for our Ethical Accreditation.

You can also see how Fila ranks as a Shoe and Trainer brand on our Ethical Shoes & Trainers Ratings Table.

In what areas does Fila perform poorly?

Fila are not a member of the Better Cotton Initiative, which is an organisation supporting cotton growers to produce cotton that has a lessened environmental impact and human cost.

For its Animal Welfare Policy, The Good Shopping Guide has given Fila a middle rating, as it lacks detail and is not robust enough.

Fila’s Human Rights standards also leave much to be desired. In the Xinjiang region of China, where Uyghur minorities are purportedly subjected to forced labour in “re-education” camps, a number of well-known corporations have been linked to violations of human rights. From Hotan Prefecture in Xinjiang, Uyghur employees were transported to 15 industries in Anhui Province, among them Huafu Top Dyed Melange Yarn Co. Ltd. Adidas, Lacoste, Puma, Zara, and H&M all receive cotton and coloured fibres from this factory. The Haoyuanpeng Clothing Manufacturing Co., another “Xinjiang Aid” firm, promotes strategic alliances with Nike, adidas, and Puma, as well as Fila.

In what areas does Fila perform well for its sustainability and ethics?

On the positive side, Fila has not been found to have made any Political Donations, on the public record. Its comprehensive Code of Conduct is also a good way for consumers, independent governance bodies and investors to hold this brand to account.

How can the Fila brand improve its Ethical Rating?

The Good Shopping Guide’s score results from 15 ethical criteria in relation to Fila. To reach our Ethical Benchmark and qualify for our Ethical Accreditation, Fila has several issues to deal with, including its poor Human Rights record and insufficient Animal Welfare Policy.

If your fashion brand values ethics and sustainability, why not check out The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Accreditation? Increase customer and investor confidence and stand out from the greenwash.

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  • Environmental Report


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Better Cotton Initiative


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Code of Conduct


  • Political Donations


  • Ethical Trading Schemes


  • Human Rights



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Other Criticisms


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