In my original assessment (2010) I was less than favourable about Kathmandu on environmental and workplace issues. Partly this was because I had difficulty gaining information from the company and there was nothing available on their website.
A fair bit has happened internally since then, which is detailed in their sustainability reports.
The company is clearly moving forward on both sustainability and workplace issues. Given their significant position in the Australian market in terms of volume and the ubiquitous nature of the brand, this is a significant development. Compared with Europe and North America, a number of other major Australian retail brands provide very little information on workplace and environmental performance of their home brand products and seem to be lagging behind global trends, which see greater support for sustainability initiatives and external reporting on workplace conditions. This makes the developments at Kathmandu a good precedent for the rest of the retail sector here.