Ethical Clothing Australia is an accreditation body working with local textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) businesses to ensure their local Australian supply chains are transparent and legally compliant.
Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA®) is an accreditation body that works collaboratively with local textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) businesses manufacturing in Australia. The ECA voluntary accreditation program offers practical and affordable assistance to these businesses, and ensures that their Australian supply chains are fully transparent and legally compliant.
The ECA program maps a business’s Australian supply chain throughout design, pattern making, cut, make, trim and dispatch, including all value adding services. This is done via annual third-party compliance audits conducted by the Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Union (the Union). By encouraging companies to view supply chain management as an integral part of business, ECA protects the rights of both local factory-based workers and outworkers (also known as homeworkers).
Outworkers are particularly vulnerable in the TCF industry as they often work in isolation and can be unregulated. They can face unrealistic deadlines, long hours, irregular flows of work and occupational health and safety issues. Other issues include lack of awareness of legal rights and entitlements, and powerlessness to speak out about problems in fear of losing work altogether. It is vital that a body such as ECA exists to ensure that workers’ rights are protected, and that they are receiving the Award rates and entitlements.
ECA is a not-for-profit organisation currently funded by the Victorian Government as represented by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. It is a joint industry and union initiative that embraces a multi-stakeholder approach and works towards a more transparent industry whereby supply chain management is the TCF industry standard. The ECA accreditation and labelling system also provides consumers and buyers with a way to identify and support ethically made Australian textile, clothing and footwear products.
ECA will continue to work with local businesses and promote onshore manufacturing opportunities, in the hope that the future of the Australian TCF industry is one that values transparency, third-party compliance and ethical business practices.
Ethical Clothing Australia Trade Marks
Ethical Clothing Australia has operated under the name Ethical Clothing Australia since 2010 and it has several registered trade marks including its Ethical Clothing Australia certificate trade mark.
Businesses can use the Ethical Clothing Australia certification trade mark on their Australian-made products and in various other promotional formats once accredited. Authorised users of the certification mark are recognised for their legally compliant supply chain, following the extensive accreditation process.
|No.||Trade Mark||Goods & Services|
|1338510||Class 24: Textiles and textile goods
Class 25: Clothing, footwear and headgear
Class 35: Retail of clothing, textiles and footwear
|1779810||ECA||Class 24: Textile piece goods; Textiles
Class 25: Clothing; Footwear; Headgear for wear
Class 35: Retail services; Retailing of goods (by any means)
Registration of these marks give Ethical Clothing Australia the exclusive right to use them in Australia in relation to the goods/services for which they are registered. It also gives Ethical Clothing Australia the right to obtain relief from a court if the marks are infringed. A registered trade mark will be infringed by unauthorised use of a ‘substantially identical’ or ‘deceptively similar’ mark used in relation to the goods/services for which the mark is registered, closely related goods/services or goods/services of the same description, where the use is likely to deceive or cause confusion.