Workwear Group proudly supports Ethical Clothing Australia Week 2020
Ethical Clothing Australia Week will make its debut in 2020 as the first and only Australian week-long event focussed on locally-made, ethically-manufactured clothing, textiles and footwear. #ECAweek2020 will run from 18-24 October.
Ethical Clothing Australia Week will make its debut in 2020 as the first and only Australian week-long event focused on locally-made, ethically-manufactured clothing, textiles and footwear. #ECAweek2020 will run from 18-24 October.
It will be a chance to help educate consumers to make informed ethical choices, educate the wider Australian community and celebrate and promote local businesses, designers, and importantly the skilled workers behind the garments made in Australia.
Ethical Clothing Australia Week is about going behind the clothing and broadening awareness of ethical garment manufacturing to help consumers make informed choices"
“The week will involve a range of events and activities that celebrate and promote ethical clothing manufacturing in Australia – the brands, the designers, and importantly the skilled workers behind the garments
said Angela Bell, National Manager Ethical Clothing Australia.
Ethical Clothing Australia Week is a platform from which we can:
Amplify the voice of the Australian ethical clothing industry.
Showcase local businesses that are leading the way in ethical manufacturing.
Celebrate ethical clothing manufacturing in Australia – the brands, the designers, and importantly the skilled workers behind the garments and their rights.
Create and amplify conversations about ethical manufacturing and ethical fashion in Australia.
Workwear Group Pty has beenaccreditedwith Ethical Clothing Australia (Accreditation No. 168/15) since 2015.
2020 is an extra-special year because it also marks the 20th anniversary of the ECA accreditation program. For two decades the accreditation program has been protecting and advocating for the rights of Australian garment workers and working towards a more transparent garment industry.
To take part in the program, businesses must voluntarily register and commit to an independent audit (undertaken by the Union as part of Service Level Agreement) to ensure that all workers including outworkers/homeworkers and any contractors, are meeting their obligations under the Award and that the workers are receiving the appropriate pay, entitlements and are working in a safe environment. Once successfully accredited, businesses are able to use the certification trade mark on their Australian made products and in other promotional formats.
To remain accredited, a business must take part in the audit each year. In addition to its core work, the program has developed various documents and resources to support local businesses, and in an effort to aid greater education and awareness.
ECA is an example of how industry, employers and unions can work together to create and deliver a robust program that supports an ethical local industry. The accreditation program’s history shows that it has been a trail blazer in developing a response protecting and advocating for the rights of garment workers.
The need for accreditation program and auditing remains as strong as the day it was created as non-compliance, exploitation and unsafe work practices continue in the local industry. The program continues to provide a platform to profile and showcase businesses that are doing the right thing by the workers in their local supply chains.