Jeanswest Australia and New Zealand (JW) is committed to ensuring that all our factory partners uphold the same high standards of social and quality compliance that we do as a leading retailer. We utilise an internal social compliance team, external 3rd party auditors and multiple factory visits per year by our product team to achieve this. Audits are carried out on new factories being considered for the production of JW merchandise. These audits are then carried out on a regular basis, including on-site visits, with reports provided to us, including areas of improvement required. All factory partners are bound by our Supplier Code of Conduct and provide signed acknowledgements of their commitment to our minimum expectations and brand values.
We are committed to continuous improvement towards ethical and transparent best practice and we take seriously our responsibility to our customers, our employees, our workers within our supply chain and the communities in which we operate. We make clothes we are proud of and want our customers to feel proud of the clothes they buy from us.
Responsible Sourcing Code of Conduct
Increasingly customers and business are taking an interest in the ethical sourcing and manufacture of goods. And in response to this JW have formulated a Responsible Sourcing Code of Conduct. Some of the basic principles applied are:
• No tolerance policy on child labour
• A quality of treatment
• Fair disciplinary practices, and a
• No tolerance policy on bribery
For full details of the Jeanswest Responsible Sourcing Code of Conduct click here.
At JW we recognize our social responsibility to ensure the factories we partner with can offer fair working conditions, and we are committed to ensuring the welfare of all workers in our supply chain which includes the right to a living wage.
We always work with each of our factory partners to ensure wages and benefits meet locally benchmarked industry standards, national legal requirement, or collective bargaining agreements – whichever is higher.
While no universal methodology currently exists to measure a living wage, we identify the Global Living Wage Coalition as a trusted source for global benchmarking and they define a living wage as:
“The remuneration received for a standard work week by a worker in a particular place sufficient to afford a decent standard of living for the worker and her or his family. Elements of a decent standard of living include food, water, housing, education, health care, transportation, clothing, and other essential needs including provision for unexpected events.”
We have confidence in our trusted supplier network’s commitment to fair wages. Our ongoing collaboration with suppliers and industry partners will continue to ensure fair compensation within the bounds of legal requirements and industry standards
JW recognises the need to lessen our impact on the environment to ensure it can be enjoyed for generations to come. We are continuously reviewing our processes, both locally and offshore, to take steps to reduce our footprint as much as possible.
The Cotton Pledge
In addition to our own set of standards, Jeanswest has signed The Cotton Pledge with the Responsible Sourcing Network, along with over 160 of the world’s biggest retailers. The Cotton Pledge is an initiative to ensure that our cotton is not sourced from Uzbekistan. Unfortunately, this market uses a system of child and adult forced labour to harvest these crops.
You can read more about The Cotton Pledge here.