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 beautiful products and gorgeous scents emanating from every Lush store are backed by a very serious commitment to ethical and sustainable practices.
Lush collaborate with farmers around the world to start sustainable projects from scratch, by offering financial support via the Sustainable Lush Fund (SLush). The SLush fund enables farmers to trade independently and better support their communities using the principles of permaculture: care of the earth, care of people and fair share.
One of the important projects funded by the SLush fund helped purchase the rights to six thousand hectares of rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon to prevent the felling of endangered rosewood and other native trees. Naturally fallen trees and small branches could be used to create a sustainable source of rosewood oil, extracted on site by an eco-friendly distillation unit.
As well as assisting with farm start-ups and permaculture education, SLush funding also provides communities with the tools to generate their own independent income. One example of this is the Colombian San Jose de Apartado Peace Community, who grow Fair Trade organic cacao beans. The Fund pays for medical bills, equipment to improve the quality of the cacao, and works hand in hand with the members to strengthen their positive presence.
Find out more about Lush’s ethical trading practices on their website
and pop in to Lush when you are next here in-centre!
THE COTTON ON GROUP (Cotton On, Cotton On Kids, Cotton On Body, Rubi, Typo, Factorie and Supre)
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
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!
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
Australian fashion label Cue is still proudly owned by the family who originally started this iconic Aussie brand.
Cue is passionate about keeping jobs in Australia, and so it keeps all design and production local, making it the largest local manufacturer of women’s fashion in Australia.
Cue is accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia, and has taken practical steps to ensure that the Aussie workers involved in making its designs receive fair wages and work in good conditions.
For an original garment that’s Australian designed and made, visit our Wollongong Central Cue Store
or visit the Cue website
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
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
SPECIALTY FASHION GROUP (Millers, Katies, Crossroads, Autograph, City Chic, Rivers)
Specialty Fashion Group (SFG) has a commitment to ensuring working conditions are suitable in its partner factories, sharing its technical expertise with supply partners and investing for the future. SFG believe that better working conditions improve the efficiency of the supply chain, and that fairly paid and treated workers that operate in a healthy and safe environment are more productive, and in turn deliver a higher standard of quality of product.
SFG’s Vendor Code of Conduct sets out SFG’s policies regarding the social, environmental and standard of compliance that it requires from its business partners.
Its responsible sourcing policies include a pledge to ban the use of any cotton originating from Uzbekistan due to the possible use of child labour, a ban on the use of sandblasting in its denim manufacturing which protects workers from the ingestion of harsh contaminated fumes, and a ban on the use of angora fibre due to the concern about the treatment of Angora rabbits.
To read more about these and other ethical initiatives just visit the Specialty Fashion Group website
THE BODY SHOP
The Body’s Shop’s Ethical Trade program recognises that brands, retailers and suppliers must take responsibility for the working conditions of the people who make the products they sell. At its foundation, it’s about ensuring workers are treated fairly and with dignity and respect.
In 1998, The Body Shop became a founding member of the Ethical Trading initiative, to improve the working lives of people around the world. All of the 120 suppliers to The Body Shop are visited by 3rd party organisations regularly to check on the conditions of the workers, which amount to over 30,000 people.
The commitment to continuous improvement means working together with suppliers to make lasting changes to the working lives of people.
Read more about this program on The Body Shop’s website
, and pop in to The Body Shop
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
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’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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