Each week 2ndVote takes a look at popular companies that either score well or score poorly and then try to provide alternatives that either better align with the 2ndVote values or should be avoided to the best of your ability. This series is called The Company Contrast, and the company we will be focusing on this week is Carter’s, Inc (3.22).
Carter’s is a retail children’s clothing score. The company was founded in Needham, Massachusetts in 1865 by William Carter. By the 1960’s the company was producing goods from seven mills. Today Carter’s has grown to 750 locations and acquired OshKosh B’gosh and Skip Hop Inc. Carter’s has a good track record on basic freedoms due to their donations to several Catholic charities and St. Mary School. The company only gets a partial credit on the life issue due to donating more to Catholic charities than to Susan G. Komen, Which supports planned parenthood. Furthermore, Their education and environment scores get a slight reduction due to support of the YMCA for their common core stance, and Catholic charities support for the Paris Climate Agreement. Despite all this, Carter’s remains the highest scoring children’s clothing company and you should give their shop a once over if you’re in need of clothing for your growing family.
The Children’s Place (2.63) has a uniformly worse performance for conservative issues among the children’s clothing retailers. Founded in 1969, the company exchanged hands several times before ending up with stable ownership and becoming publicly traded in 1997. The Children’s Place owned and operated 335 Disney stores until 2008, when ownership of those stores went back to Disney. The Children’s Place has a reduced score on all issues due to donations of undisclosed amounts to the NAACP, which advocates for liberal policies on all issues save environmentalism. The Children’s place does seem to have a good stance on the environment since their company policy revolves around sustainable sourcing of materials and responsible waste management for the company. If you find yourself shopping for children’s clothes at The Children’s Place, maybe give Carter’s and other brands that donate less to liberal policy advocates a look when shopping for your kid’s outfits.
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