Pacific Brands was the first Australian company to join the ETI. The ETI is a multi-stakeholder engaged organisation focused on collaboration across companies, trade unions and non-government organisations. Current members include H&M, Gap Inc., Inditex, Debenhams Retail, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, The Body Shop, Sainsbury's and other international brands. The objective is for members to collectively tackle the many complex and country dependant issues and provide support and guidance to each other on the actions companies can take to trade ethically.
Since joining in 2008, the Company has integrated all Base Code factors into its program. There are four performance categories (Beginner, Improver, Achiever and Leader). We are proud to say that in 2012 we moved from ‘Improver’ to ‘Achiever’ status in an annual review by the ETI, demonstrating the ongoing improvements delivered by our audit, compliance and sourcing teams in collaboration with our suppliers. In doing so, Pacific Brands has gone beyond applying policies and management systems across its main suppliers and has commenced engaging with suppliers to make sustainable improvements in working conditions and respect for workers rights.
As a dedicated signatory of the ETI, Pacific Brands has established a strategic plan with input from the ETI’s secretariat and an NGO. The plan enables Pacific Brands to focus its efforts on where it counts (such as improving awareness of workers’ rights and increasing our impact on the conditions for workers), and we now have the ability to monitor and evaluate progress.
In 2014 Pacific Brands established a 3 year strategic plan which is dedicated to:
- Improving awareness of workers’ rights amongst workers themselves and factory management levels
- Allocating resources towards initiatives that will reduce working hours and increase rest days without loss of income
- Improving visibility and traceability in our supply chain
- Enhancing website disclosures and providing further information on our program