Benefits of Accreditation
Working with Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA®) means more than simply receiving an accreditation; we are committed to strengthening local industry by supporting the needs of local brands and manufacturers.
Recognising that supply chains can be complex and that more customers are seeking ethical alternatives, ECA offers support across various levels to ensure not just a legally compliant local supply chain, but also an opportunity to be part of a wider movement.
Be Part of a Growing Community
The ECA community is a vibrant and innovative group of brands and manufacturers committed to producing locally under ethical conditions. Together we are able to promote Australian industry and share the positive stories of those maintaining local jobs, developing local skills and making quality products. We are proud to work with many ECA accredited businesses that specialise in high-quality garments including fashion, footwear, schoolwear, uniforms and swimwear. Being a part of the ECA community means businesses are given the opportunity to come together and discuss industry challenges and scope for collaboration and support. Outside of accredited companies, we work with like-minded industry groups, retailers, conscious customers, Non-Government Organisations and unions all working towards a stronger and more accountable local TCF industry.
Demonstrate to Government and Other Purchasers that Your Business Has a Legally Compliant Supply Chain
ECA continues to advocate and lobby on behalf of accredited companies for procurement of locally and ethically made textile, clothing and footwear products. We believe government support for Australian manufacturing is vital.
Connect With Customers
In an oversaturated TCF industry, customers have access to any product at any price point and can be overwhelmed with choice. Companies add value to their business story by sharing and celebrating their relationships with makers, their support for local industry and their commitment to ethical production. Being ECA accredited gives you the opportunity to differentiate your business and appeal to a growing ethical customer base, providing a real competitive edge.
Once compliant, you can display the ECA trademark on your Australian made products, providing customers and major purchasers with a way to identify and support ethical and locally made products. With customer support, Australian brands and manufacturers can continue to grow with a strong focus on ethical production, quality craftsmanship and innovation.
Connect with Local Manufacturers
Where possible, we try to assist our participating companies locate a manufacturing relationship that works for them. Being part of the ECA community often means it can be easier to find that elusive local manufacturer or value adder that will meet your needs. If you are a maker yourself, you will also be promoted to potential clients looking for new suppliers. It’s a win-win!
Manage Risks and Protect your Business
ECA encourages businesses to recognise the risks involved in unregulated outsourcing. Not only is there great value in third-party compliance and supply chain management for workers, it can also be used to manage brand reputational risk as the public interest in unethical business practices continues to increase. Customer trust needs to be nurtured and brands should not underestimate how damaging reputational issues can be.
Receive Industry Training and Education
When it comes to Australian labour laws, businesses need to ensure they are up to speed with their obligations. To make things simpler for you and your business, various resources have been developed by ECA to assist you in understanding and navigating your legal obligations. These tools and information kits are regularly updated to ensure information is accurate and reflective of current legislation. As part of the accreditation process, you will also work collaboratively with Compliance Officers from the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia and be guided through your responsibilities. Any issues identified throughout your supply chain will be addressed in a timely and collaborative manner, ensuring the process is an educational one.
ECA hosts regular information sessions to provide opportunity for an open discussion and further education with accredited companies. These events bring industry together to ensure ongoing best practice.