Published on 30/08/18

After months of work, Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA®) has today received reauthorisation of its Code of Practice from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). ECA periodically applies to the ACCC so that it can operate its Code, which governs the working conditions of textile, clothing and footwear workers, with the relevant legal protection. Today’s news means that ECA will be authorised for 10 more years, and will be able to introduce changes to the Code that will mean that while the process is the same, there will less paper work for businesses. The reauthorisation will take effect from September 21, 2018. A huge thanks to everyone who’s supported our organisation throughout this process.

In a media release today the ACCC noted:

“The certification trademark for ethical textiles, clothing, and footwear, allows consumers to choose products with confidence that the businesses they are buying from aren’t exploiting workers,”ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

“Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of unethical practices on vulnerable workers and some are changing their buying habits as a result.”

We undertake this process because the ACCC authorisation ensures that ECA has legal protection for conduct that could potentially be construed as breaching the Competition and Consumer Act.

Find out more about the ACCC process and determination here.