Rockport
Shoe manufacturer
Founded in 1971 and acquired by Reebok in 1986, which became a part of Adidas in 2005. Adidas sold the Rockport business in 2015, and then in 2018 Rockport filed for bankruptcy and was acquired by Charlesbank Capital Partners. Filed for bankruptcy again in 2023 and was subsequently bought by Authentic Brands Group.

Overall

Owned USA
Rating F
About the Ratings

Company Ownership

Rockport Group
USA
Authentic Brands Group LLC
owns 100% of Rockport Group
USA
Brand development and licensing
Purchases brands in the sports, celebrity and fashion categories and licenses the intellectual property to leading retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers worldwide. Acquired Juicy Couture in 2013, Tretorn in 2015 and Nautica and Nine West in 2018. Bought Van Heusen, Arrow and Izod from PVH, and Reebok from Adidas in 2021. Acquired Ted Baker in 2022, Boardriders and Rockport in 2023, and Sperry and Champion in 2024. Private equity firms BlackRock, CVC and HPS own significant stakes.
BlackRock Inc
owns 30% of Authentic Brands Group LLC
USA
Asset management
World's largest asset manager, with about $7 trillion in assets under management.

Company Assessment

Rockport Group
Information
This company is a member of the Leather Working Group, a multi-stakeholder group who's objective is to develop and maintain a protocol that assesses the compliance and environmental performance of tanners and promotes sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry.
California, the UK and Australia have all enacted legislation requiring companies operating within their borders to disclose their efforts to eradicate modern slavery from their operations and supply chains. Follow the link to see this company's disclosure statement.
Authentic Brands Group LLC
Criticism
The Chinese government has facilitated the mass transfer of Uyghur and other ethnic minority citizens from the far west region of Xinjiang to factories across the country. Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labour, Uyghurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of international brands, including brands owned by this company.
Source: ITUC (2020)
In 2019 US private equity giant BlackRock bought roughly a 30% stake in this company. BlackRock has several criticisms and an overall Shop Ethical rating of 'F'.

Company Details

Type:
Private company
Founded:
1971

Contact Details

Address:
Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Website:
www.rockport.com

Products / Brands

Rockport / True Alliance (distributor)
Rockport Mens Shoes
Rockport Womens Shoes