Jeanswest Publishes Factory Listings Confirming Commitment To Transparency in Manufacturing
Our members Jeanswest are kicking goals with their commitment to all the good things, namely transparency, ethics and the local industry. Earlier this year the team launched their #Homespun range which was made entirely in Australia and accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. Just this month they have also been recognised on Oxfam’s ‘Nice’ list, and, published their factory listings of business partners across China, Australia, Vietnam and India…
Earlier this month, Australian lifestyle fashion retailer and denim giant Jeanswest published a listing detailing 80% of its factory partners in a clear act of advocacy for traceability and transparency within the global fashion industry.
The document is published on Jeanswest’s website and lists 31 business partners in China, Australia, Vietnam and India. Jeanswest have had a clear focus on this important area of the business across a number of facets including; the implementation of a Sourcing Code of Conduct in early 2014, joining the Cotton Pledge as a signatory, working collaboratively with Baptist World Aid and Fashion Revolution on sharing processes and partner information and, more recently, the launch of sharing profiles of individual factory partners online.
“Jeanswest publishing a partial list of their manufacturing suppliers is a very welcome step on their transparency journey! It demonstrates a willingness by the company to be accountable to consumers, workers and the public, while also making a strong statement about the efforts they are undertaking to ensure workers are treated fairly,” says Gershon Nimbalker, Advocacy Manager for Baptist World Aid Australia.
He continues, “We look forward to seeing more of their suppliers published in the future. Transparency efforts like this go a long way in deepening trust between companies and the public.”
An active brand member here at the Council of Textile & Fashion, Jeanswest take a leadership role in paving the way for ethical fashion. With over 40 years within the Australian fashion lifestyle industry, Jeanswest actively participates in Australian Fashion Forum events on the topic of responsible garment supply chains, and now has a dedicated Corporate Social Responsibility Manager whose existence is indicative of the commitment across the business.
“Ethical sourcing, sustainability and innovation are heavy influencers in the decisions we make across our entire business and our commitment to transparency and traceability is ongoing. It is our goal to continually improve in the knowledge that sustainable fashion is paramount for the future,” says Jeanswest CEO Mark Daynes.
The factory listing can be found via the following link, supported by a geographical production map that represents the countries and regions of Jeanswest’s first tier manufacturing partners. Check it out: