FAIR TRADE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES

 
We’re proud that many of our retail partners are committed to making a positive difference to both people and the planet. Fair trade and ethical sourcing is now a primary business focus for many retailers who are on a journey of continuous analysis, action and improvement.

Here are a few examples of our retailers who have made a commitment to fair trade and ethical practices:

 

THE COTTON ON GROUP (Cotton On, Cotton On Kids, Cotton On Body, Typo, Factorie)

A business that has ethical practices at its very heart is The Cotton On Group, which is focussed on ensuring it has a positive impact on its people, the community and the planet.

It is committed to making a positive impact to both communities and the planet, and continuously looks for ways to make improvements on its ethical and sustainable practices.

The Cotton On Group’s Ethical Framework states that its purpose is ‘To make a positive difference in people’s lives’, and this is reflected through all areas of its business and all its brands, including Cotton On, Cotton On Kids, Cotton On Body, Rubi, Typo, Factorie and Supre.

This Ethical Framework includes protecting human rights across their supply chain, improving sustainability and minimising ecological harm, promoting fairness and equality for all its people and communities, and protecting women and girls from exploitation, sexualisation and objectification across all aspects of its business.

Pop by the Cotton On store or visit their website to check out more about The Cotton On Group’s Ethical Framework.
 
 

THE BODY SHOP

As a company founded on ethical and sustainable practices, The Body Shop is committed to enriching people’s lives, by working fairly with its farmers and suppliers, and helping communities thrive.

Its ‘Enrich, no Exploit’ campaign stands for enriching people’s lives as well as the planet, rather than exploiting them.

The Body Shop ensures that it pays fair prices to its community trade partners and contributes to the local communities. It is aiming to increase the Community Trade program from 19 to 40 ingredients by the year 2020, which will grow this program significantly.

Read more about The Body Shop’s ethical practices here and don’t forget to stop in to The Body Shop next time you’re here!

 

COUNTRY ROAD

Aussie fashion retailer Country Road is on a journey to be a leader in ethical and sustainable practices.

The Country Road Code of Labour Practices focusses on a number of key areas, including ethical trade, a commitment to fair, safe and hygienic work conditions for its workers, and ensuring suppliers are regularly checked by independent auditors.

It adheres to a framework that includes a commitment to animal welfare principles, refraining from using angora, taking a proactive approach to sourcing a sustainable supply of non-mulesed wool and only using leather that is a by-product of other industries.

Find out more about Country Road’s ethical trade practices here and don’t forget to visit our Country Road store.

 

SPORTSGIRL

Iconic Aussie brand Sportsgirl backs its fun-loving image with a very serious ethical sourcing policy. On a journey of continuous improvement, Sportsgirl are passionate that all members of its supply chain are treated respectfully, and its buying and executive teams visit factory locations regularly to review them. Sportsgirl works to ensure its workers are in safe and hygienic workplaces, are paid living wages and are not working excessive hours.

Sportsgirl also adheres to a social responsibility policy that includes items like no Azo Dyes used in any denim production (due to potentially dangerous chemicals), no use of Angora fur (due to the concern raised for the humane treatment of Angora rabbits) and no animal testing.

Want to know more? Drop in to Sportgirl or check out the Sportsgirl website.

 

LORNA JANE

Aussie activewear brand Lorna Jane not only pioneered the Activewear fashion category, but are also leaders in ethical and sustainable business.

Rather than sourcing its products from many different factories, Lorna Jane built a long-term partnership with one dedicated and ethical Australian-owned and managed manufacturing group that solely produces Lorna Jane products. This allows Lorna Jane to make products that adhere to their own high standards when it comes to working conditions and quality.

Located in Ningbo, China, Lorna Jane’s manufacturing partner is a WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) certified business. WRAP conduct the largest independent factory accreditation program in the world and ensures safe, humane and ethical manufacturing conditions.

Get your activewear from Lorna Jane and pop by the Lorna Jane website here.

 

COLES

Coles is committed to the ethical sourcing of its products, and values treating everyone with care, respect and fairness.

It also requires its suppliers and business partners to share its way of working and seeks their commitment to the Coles Ethical Sourcing Policy. Ethical sourcing is a commitment to the purchase of goods and services that are manufactured and provided in a way that does not involve exploitation, or represent a danger to health, safety or the environment.

Coles regularly audits suppliers operating outside Australia to ensure compliance with its policy, which includes commitments to safe and hygienic work conditions, appropriate wages being paid, no discrimination and no illegal or child labour.

To find out more about Coles ethics in practice, check out the Coles website or drop in to the Coles store.

 

WOOLWORTHS

Aussie supermarket Woolworths is committed to upholding human rights, not only with respect to its own employees but also in its supply chain. As a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the Woolworths Ethical Sourcing Policy supports and enacts a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption.

All new suppliers must complete a rigorous assessment including site inspections and ethical audits to ensure they meet the standards set in the Woolworths Ethical Sourcing Policy.

To find out more about ethical sourcing at Woolworths, visit the Woolworths website or pop in to the Woolworths store.
 
 

TARGET

Target’s Ethical Sourcing Program and Ethical Sourcing Code includes minimum requirements and expectations that all suppliers must meet as a condition of doing business with Target.

All suppliers must publish a supplied summary of Target’s Ethical Sourcing Code in a location that can be seen by all factory workers. This code forms part of the contract with its suppliers and is supported by a rigorous audit program, whereby suppliers commit to making continuous improvements in their operations.

As part of its commitment to the safety and wellbeing of all workers who make products destined for its shelves, Target was one of the first Australian retailers to sign the Bangladesh Accord, an independent agreement designed to make all garment factories in Bangladesh safe workplaces. It includes independent safety inspections at factories and public reporting of the results of these inspections.

Target has also signed the Responsible Sourcing Network's Cotton Pledge, and is committed to not knowingly source Uzbek cotton for the manufacturing of any of products until forced child or adult labour practices are eliminated and verified.

Find out more about Target’s ethical sourcing program on the Target website and don’t forget to pop into our Target store.
 

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