ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITY

When finding our clothing manufacturer we knew exactly what we were looking for;

High quality, the perfect fit & a company that had high standards on their Ethical Responsibility.

We couldn't be more happy with our supply chain. 

The following is a copy of their Ethical Production Guide

Do we know our supply chain?

Traceability of our supply chain is a core expectation and absolutely necessary if we are to be confident there is no exploitation of the people who are making our clothes and the environment it is made in.

For this reason our strategy has always been to keep a narrow supply base and to develop long-term relationships with suppliers who hold the same values as ourselves.

Garments and Fabric Suppliers
 

• 96% of our product is made by nine key garment factories

• 2 of these factories have been working with us since we started sourcing overseas.

• 100% of our garment factories have been visited and audited.

• 100% traceability of our fabrics and our yarns. The majority of our garment suppliers make their own fabrics, which gives us greater transparency.

Cotton farms
  • Tracing raw cotton is very complex, but we are making inroads towards achieving this with three key initiatives;

  • Using GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) organic licensed suppliers

  • Increasing our use of Australian cotton, which is government and industry regulated for both sustainability and labour standards.

  • Looking to participate in BCI (Better Cotton Initiative).

Production process
 

From eld to fabric, the process of making cotton transforms the raw bers into threads,

yarn and fabric in three steps:

Preparation, spinning, and knitting.

Is Bangladesh Production Ethical?
 

40% of our products are from China.
60% of our products are from Bangladesh.

Yes, we believe that by selecting and working with
the right factories in Bangladesh we can buy ethically, but for sure there are challenges, as there are in all developing countries.

Regularly travelling to Bangladesh, our production manager in particular has witnessed the shocking poverty as well as the positive and negative impacts that our industry can have.

Our underlying belief is that “doing the right thing,” means staying in this market that relies so heavily on the fashion industry.

Health and Safety
 

The Rana Plaza tragedy in 2013 was a big wake up call for many, and naturally, our customers contacted us with their concerns.

We are confident with our sourcing approach. Assured that our suppliers meet internationally accepted standards, and we are encouraged by the progress they are making to further improve.

The majority of our factories are participants in
the Bangladesh Accord and have completed or are on track with any remediation work. None of our factories have had any critical safety issues

Living Wage
 

A living wage is a concept introduced by civil society to address the gap between the prevailing wage and the wage level that could provide workers and their families with a decent standard of living.

Recent Australian press has reported that workers in Bangladesh are earning well below a “living wage”.

The facts are;

  1. The Bangladesh Government controls the minimum

    wage.

  2. The minimum wage was increased in December

    2018 the rst adjustment since 2013.

  3. A wage increase of 51% was agreed between

    workers unions, employers and government

    representatives.

  4. The unions and workers were initially requesting a

    100% increase.

The debate over the minimum wage versus a living wage is a global and political issue as relevant in NZ as in developing countries, and one that we unilaterally will not be able to resolve . For this reason, we continue to review and develop our strategy and goals around fair remuneration with a focus on:

  • Promoting effective worker participation groups. The ultimate goal being to ensure all workers are represented by democratically elected representatives who can speak and negotiate on their behalf.

  • Benchmarking and gathering information on regional specific living wages.

  • Encouraging open book costings so we can ensure any price agreed includes the true cost of labour.

  • Collaborating with industry and advocacy groups.

  • Developing internal training

What is the Modern Slavery Act?
 

The Modern Slavery Act was introduced in Australia in 2018 and has effectively been in place in the state California since 2010 and UK since 2015.

Though all different versions, they commonly set a business turnover threshold, over which companies are obliged to publicly report annually, on the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains, and actions to address those risks.

Whilst we are below these thresholds, we have chosen to voluntarily report on our website.

Child Labor Free vs Amfori BSCI?
 

Since 2016 we have been part of the Child Labor Free initiative.

This program was important to us in terms of raising our awareness of risks and remediation.

 

In 2018 we took the decision to join the wider reaching Amfori BSCI initiative, which incorporates all of our Code of Conduct including Environmental Sustainability. Through joining this program, we will be in a better position to support our suppliers with tried and tested training programs and we will have access to word class standards and tools to improve our own processes of supply chain mapping, monitoring, and remediation.

 

As a relatively small brand, it is at times hard to
apply leverage with suppliers. Through joining this organisation we should be able to learn from and communicate with global like-minded brands that are able to apply both more leverage as well as resources into transforming the industry.

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