Jeanswest publishes supply chain list

Jeanswest Perth Airport FrontFashion retailer, Jeanswest, has published a list detailing 80 per cent of its factory partners, as part of a commitment to ensuring transparency and safe working conditions in its overseas supplier factories.

Gershon Nimbalker, advocacy manager for Baptist World Aid Australia, said Jeanswest publishing a partial list of their manufacturing suppliers demonstrates a willingness by the company to be accountable to consumers, workers and the public, while also making a strong statement about the efforts they are undertaking to ensure workers are treated fairly.

“We look forward to seeing more of their suppliers published in the future. Transparency efforts like this go a long way in deepening trust between companies and the public,” Nimbalker said.

The document is published on Jeanswest’s website and lists 31 business partners in China, Australia, Vietnam and India.

“Ethical sourcing, sustainability and innovation are heavy influencers in the decisions we make across our entire business and our commitment to transparency and traceability is ongoing,” said Mark Daynes, Jeanswest CEO. “It is our goal to continually improve in the knowledge that sustainable fashion is paramount for the future.”

As an active brand member of the Council of Textile & Fashion, Jeanswest announced it wants to take a leadership role in paving the way for ethical fashion. The company has implemented a Sourcing Code of Conduct in early 2014, joined the Cotton Pledge as a signatory, worked collaboratively with Baptist World Aid and Fashion Revolution on sharing processes and partner information and, more recently, the launch of sharing profiles of individual factory partners online.

The factory listing can be found on the company’s website, supported by a geographical production map that represents the countries and regions of Jeanswest’s first tier manufacturing partners.

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