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Corporate Social Responsibility

At Australian Defence Apparel (ADA) we are proud not just of what we do, but how we do it. From developing innovative products and services and investing in our people and future workforce to giving our customers the best possible service.

ADA are committed to working to high ethical, safety and environmental standards, retaining and attracting a diverse and talented workforce and making a positive contribution to the countries and communities in which we work.



Stakeholder Engagement

We regularly engage with our stakeholders to ensure we are addressing all relevant Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) related issues. We listen and inform in equal measure through formal mechanisms and ongoing dialogue, always conscious of the need to find a balance between transparency and confidentiality.

Community Investment

Mates 4 Mates

ADA extends its role in protecting the wellbeing of servicemen and women by partnering with not-for-profit Mates4Mates – an organisation dedicated to supporting current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members (and their families) who are wounded, injured or as a result of their service.

Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation

ADA is proud to support The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation (VPBRF) who's mission is to remember Victoria Police employees who have died in the line of duty through the support of worthwhile community projects in Victoria.

Product Stewardship

ADA’s Quality Policy

Our Quality Management System will be subject to continual review and improvement to enhance customer satisfaction and strengthen internal processes. We are committed to consistently meet all relevant legal, customer and any other applicable requirements.





Ethical Clothing Australia

ADA was the first Australian textile company to sign the No Sweat Shop label agreement. ADA demonstrates this ongoing commitment and support by its registration to Ethical Clothing Australia previously known as the Outworkers Code of Practice and the No Sweat Shop label to ensure sub-contractors used are also compliant to these rules.

ADA is accredited and licensed to display the Ethical Clothing Australia trademark on its Australian-made garments.


The APCO Packaging Sustainability Framework (the Framework) aims to provide a consistent and transparent framework for assessing and tracking packaging sustainability across organisations.



Responsible Procurement

Aboriginal Procurement Policy

Seeking to respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and valuing justice and equity for all Australians ADA is committed to working with Indigenous suppliers with industry experience, knowledge, and capability needed to deliver products and services that reflect the diversity of ADA’s customers and the communities in which we operate. ADA recognises that an inclusive supply chain directly supports participation by all, in Australia’s economic development with an Aboriginal Procurement Policy.


ADA manufacturing partners are compliant to SA8000 Standards. SA8000 is based on the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Convention on the Rights of the Child and various International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and is the most widely recognised global standard for managing and maintaining human rights in the workplace.

Adopting SA 8000 certification means an organization must consider the social impact of their operations in addition to the conditions under which their employees, partners and suppliers operate.

SA8000 universally protects workers from being exploited and encourages ethical workplace practices worldwide. SA8000 provides a framework for assuring stakeholders that an organisations management is appropriately controlling social accountability. It addresses the following criteria; Child Labour, Forced Labour, Workplace Health & Safety, Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining, Discrimination, Discipline, Working Hours, Remuneration, and Management System for Human Resources.



ADA has partnered with the Tactical Research Unit (TRU) at Bond University to conduct dedicated research into tactical equipment integration and operational effectiveness. Findings of this research have been influential in ADA's uniform and equipment design across the defence, law enforcement, fire and emergency services sectors.