Rip Curl's production of ski wear, marked "made in China", have been unknowingly outsourced to doubtful factories in North Korea.

On our minds is the recent revealing of Australian surf brand Rip Curl’s use of North Korean factories for the production of their garments. Labelled “Made in China”, some 4,000 units of ski wear were reportedly outsourced from their Chinese supplier to an unauthorised North Korean subcontractor – all without the brand’s knowledge or consent, according to Rip Curl spokespeople. The brand has been criticised for their unawareness by local textile associations which also say they fear that more Australian brands may have (knowingly or not) had their products manufactured in slave-like conditions in North Korea. In the name of transparency, Oxfam Australia has urged Rip Curl and other Australian surf brands to reveal what factories they use on their websites. Read more here.


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