Published on 04/03/19
Shoppers in Melbourne will be able to support the welfare of textile, clothing and footwear workers thanks to a new Guide to Ethical Shopping in Melbourne, supported by the Andrews Labor Government.
To coincide with the start of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today launched the guide at Cue, Australia’s largest local manufacturer of fashion.
The free guide maps out 35 brands across Melbourne’s CBD and inner suburbs that have received accreditation from Ethical Clothing Australia – a process requiring brands to show their commitment to ethical practice and giving workers a fair go.
Brands listed in the guide include ABCH, Allora, Arnsdorf, HoMie, Nobody Denim, The Social Studio and Viktoria & Woods.
Ethical Clothing Australia is at the forefront of protecting Australian workers in the fashion industry, advocating for ethical, fair and safe work practices across the sector.
The accreditation system audits each step of the supply chain every year to ensure all workers receive their full entitlements – particularly homeworkers or outworkers, who are among the most vulnerable.
The Guide to Ethical Shopping in Melbourne can be found at selected VAMFF events, in select stores and from City of Melbourne visitor centres, as well as at https://ethicalclothingaustralia.org.au/melbourne-map.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
“This fantastic new map of Melbourne’s most ethical brands will make it easier for us all to make better choices, know more about where our clothes are coming from and rest assured that workers are being given a fair go.”
Quotes attributable to Ethical Clothing Australia National Manager Angela Bell
“This guide has been created because the increased interest in ethical fashion means that we need to make it as easy as possible for people to be able to purchase the right way.”
Quotes attributable to ACTU President Michele O’Neil
“The work of Ethical Clothing Australia is critically important in ensuring that workers are treated fairly, reputable employers can be recognised and consumers can have confidence in their ethical choices.”