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CORPORATE 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 experience.

ADA is committed to working towards 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.

 
OUR ETHICAL COMMITMENT

ADA is committed to ensuring that all workers are compensated appropriately. Accreditation by Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) ensures that local textiles workers throughout the supply chain receive all their legal minimum entitlements and work in safe conditions.

ADA is proudly the first Australian business to apply for ECA accreditation when the program launched over 20 years ago.

The ECA program maps ADA’s Australian supply chain throughout the design, pattern making, cut, make, trim and dispatch, including any value-adding services. This is done via annual third-party compliance audits conducted by the Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Union. By encouraging companies to view supply chain management as an integral part of business, ECA protects the rights of both local factory-based workers and outworkers (Also known as homeworkers).

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

 
SUSTAINABILITY

ADA is committed to reducing the harmful impact of packaging on the Australian Environment.

We will track our packaging performance and uphold our commitment through our membership with the Australian Packaging Covenant Organization (APCO). APCO is a sustainability framework that provides a consistent and transparent structure for assessing and tacking packaging sustainability. We will achieve sustainable packaging outcomes by working collaboratively with APCO through our membership and the use of the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines.

The packaging satchels we use can be recycled through REDcycle along with other soft plastics. The Redcycle program has been designed to keep plastic bags and packaging out of the landfill.

Redcycle drop off bins can be accessed in most major supermarkets, such as Coles and Woolworths across Australia to recycle plastic mailing satchels and other soft plastics. Find your nearest public drop off point click here

Click here for the membership certificate

 
INDIGENOUS PROCUREMENT

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 Indigenous Procurement Policy.

Our partnership with Supply Nation also allows ADA to engage with verified indigenous businesses to ensure we are offering diversity through our supply chains.

 
MODERN SLAVERY

The potential for modern slavery exists in both our local and offshore supply chain.

In Australia, Outworkers, or Homeworkers, are, particularly at risk. Many are migrant women who come from non-English speaking backgrounds and are not fully aware of their legal rights and entitlements.

The Australian made component of ADA’s garment manufacturing is accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. This ensures that ADA’s practices, and those of our local supply chain, are audited annually for conformance to Fair Work Australia and the Textile, Clothing. Footwear and Associated Industries Award 2010.

Before engaging with any partners, our offshore factories are also evaluated for certification to ethical standards such as SA8000, BSCI and WRAP where audit reports reviewed.

ADA staff also visit the factories to view working conditions firsthand.