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Rip Curl apologises following North Korea factory exposé

Australian surf brand Rip Curl has apologised to customers for selling ski jackets made in North Korean factories where workers reportedly suffered “slave-like” conditions.

Rip Curl, Newquay

Rip Curl, Newquay

Rip Curl, Newquay

The apology was made on Facebook after an investigation by Australian media company Fairfax Media uncovered images of the brand’s jackets in one of the clothing factories in question near Pyongyang last year. The clothing was labelled as “made in China”.

Rip Curl said: “The founders and directors of Rip Curl take full responsibility for this screw up. We are very sorry that Rip Curl has breached the trust our customers put in us to make sure that the products they wear cause them no moral concern. That’s our responsibility to you and we have let you down on this one.”

It added that the brand had not been aware of the situation and when it found out it took “immediate steps to investigate and rectify the situation” as well as disciplining the supplier for its breach of contract. The brand has also said it will increase its inspections and audits of factories.

Rip Curl concluded: “This sort of screw up is our responsibility to prevent and we are doing everything in our power to make sure it does not happen again. We don’t like the abuse of people in their jobs in any country either and apologise wholeheartedly for letting this happen in the first place.”

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