Devon Clothing: Our Take On Ethical Sourcing and Sustainability
What is ethical sourcing and sustainability?
“Ethical sourcing focuses on conducting sourcing activities at the highest possible standards of responsible, sustainable and socially aware business practice” (Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply). This means that products are to be produced in safe and hygienic working conditions and that labour standards are being met, which ensures workers are:
- Treated fairly
- Paid fairly
- Not discriminated against
- At the appropriate age
Why is it important?
The demand for ethical sourcing in the delivery of products has significantly increased over the years. Factors including unsafe working conditions, child labour and illegal conduct have largely led to this recent growth as consumers are more concerned about how the product has been produced.
Companies across many industries are also deploying best practices by engaging with suppliers who adhere to ethical manufacturing standards. Conducting in ethical sourcing activities assists in reducing operating expenses, mitigating risks and building brand credibility. “Not only has ethical sourcing become a mantra for mitigation of operational risk and protection of brand reputation, it also represents a means to gaining competitive advantage” (Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply). Failure to operate under legal and ethical manufacturing standards can be detrimental to businesses.
How Devon Clothing takes ethical sourcing seriously
Devon Clothing takes its ethical and social responsibilities seriously and are committed to ensuring that our suppliers adhere to our legal, moral and ethical standards by upholding human rights and fair working conditions.
Some major retailing stores in the apparel industry participate in unethical conduct in their supply chain where issues like slave labour are exploited. Apparel workers in the less developed countries like Bangladesh and Malaysia are largely affected by modern slavery, and it is evident in the products in some stores as the garments produced are cheap, unsustainable and have very short life spans.
All products purchased by Devon Clothing come from ethical sources and Devon Clothing, by association, are not party to any illegal or unethical manufacturing standards. Devon Clothing has significant measures in place and all employees, agents and suppliers are expected to comply with the guidelines at all times.
The guidelines which Devon Clothing has established for all parties to adhere to as a minimum are:
- Agents and suppliers either domestic Australia or off shore must comply with all laws, building codes, regulations and industrial relations of the respective country in which they conduct business.
Devon Clothing will not accept any of the following practices from our suppliers:
- Illegal conduct
- Child labour
- Unsafe working conditions
- Inhumane treatment
Devon Clothing in its ethical sourcing statement will only source fabrics that comply with the OEKO-TEX 100 Standard:
- Important legal regulations, such as banned Azo colourants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, nickel, etc
- Numerous harmful chemicals, even if they are not yet legally regulated
- Annual compliance certificates must be presented to Devon Clothing
At Devon Clothing, we take extraordinary care in utilising only the highest quality fabric that is ethically sourced. Our production team trained in the knowledge of the latest most durable, comfortable fabrics; product forms and production techniques to ensure cost effective contemporary corporate uniform and school uniform outcomes, sourced in the most ethical ways. This produces garments that not only last longer, yet also allow for decent conditions for those who make them.
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