Retailers can also participate in efforts to support an ethical Australian textile, clothing and footwear industry by becoming a signatory to the National Retailers Ethical Clothing Code.
The Code is administered by Ethical Clothing Australia and consists of a tri-part agreement between individual retail signatories, the Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia (TCFUA) and the Australian Retailers Association (ARA).
Retail signatories do not undergo the same rigorous process as accredited brands, but their positive contribution is welcomed as they play a key role in efforts to ensure transparency in the industry.
Retail signatories are required to provide details twice a year of their Australian textile, clothing and footwear suppliers and ensure that they are complying with the relevant Award provisions and laws. In providing the details of their suppliers, retail signatories are committing to take appropriate action if they are provided with evidence from the TCFUA that any of their suppliers are not meeting their legal obligations.
While retail signatories are contained on various public lists published by Ethical Clothing Australia, please note that only retail signatories that stock Australian-made products from accredited brands are permitted to use the Ethical Clothing Australia trademark in stores or on certain promotional materials.
There is no application or renewal fee for retail signatories.
To become a retail signatory contact the Ethical Clothing Australia office.
For full listings of retailers assisting Ethical Clothing Australia, see Retail Signatories.