Apparel and footwear
Ready-made garment industry
Textiles: a transitions report for Australia
This report is the culmination of four years of research in the Australian textiles and fashion space. It takes a systems transformation approach - using an evidence-informed framework to detail a set of practical pathways, to increase and regulate textile transparency, traceability and verification towards...
Casualties of fashion: how garment workers in Bangladesh and Cambodia are wearing the cost of COVID-19
The research in this report reveals that garment workers in Bangladesh and Cambodia – two prominent garment producing countries for the Australian market – are not earning enough to cover basic living costs for their families during COVID-19.
Addressing Forced Labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: collective action to develop new sourcing opportunities
This report argues that to speed the development of alternate sourcing hubs that are free of forced labor, public and private actors must coordinate to encourage long-term investment in new locations, and international human rights and environmental standards must form a fundamental element of the...
New approaches to supply chain traceability: implications for Xinjiang and beyond
This report first explores the need for supply chain traceability, current approaches, and the challenges the apparel and textile industry faces with forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region context. It goes on to discusses a number of new initiatives and technologies, exploring the...
Creative economies in the Indo-Pacific and COVID-19
CSIS spent the past year studying how Australia and India have grown their creative sectors and consider how foreign assistance and development aid tools can help other Indo-Pacific countries build capacity in their creative economies. This report focuses on four major creative industries—film and television...
Addressing forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: toward a shared agenda
The forced labor of ethnic and religious minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), as part of a broader pattern of severe human rights abuses, is a significant and growing concern that demands the attention of governments and private-sector actors across the world. This...
Connecting the dots in Xinjiang: forced labor, forced assimilation, and Western supply chains
This paper argues that the potentially widespread use of forced labor in Xinjiang, and its connections to Western supply chains and consumers, creates both a moral imperative for action and an opportunity to use economic leverage to improve the situation in Xinjiang.
Apparel and footwear sector: Science-Based Targets guidance
This guide provides recommendations for companies in the apparel and footwear sector to set science-based targets, and provides case studies on best practices in target setting and strategies for achieving reductions.
The 2019 ethical fashion report: the truth behind the barcode
This annual report grades 130 companies from A+ to F, based on the strength of their systems to mitigate against the risks of forced labour, child labour, and exploitation in their supply chains.
Curbing cultural appropriation in the fashion industry
This paper offers a brief introductory analysis to the questions that connect international IP law, the global fashion industry and traditional cultural expression.
Made in poverty: the true price of fashion
The women who make our clothes are entrenched in a cycle of poverty — because big Australian brands allow poverty wages.
The 2018 ethical fashion report: the truth behind the barcode
This is the fifth report produced by Baptist World Aid Australia examining labour rights management systems in the fashion industry.
A living wage in Australia’s clothing supply chain: estimating factory wages as a share of Australia’s retail price
This report shows that while many leading and iconic Australian fashion brands are enjoying increases in revenue, the workers making our clothes – the vast majority of whom are women - are trapped in a cycle of poverty.
Modern slavery in supply chains reporting requirement: public consultation paper and regulation impact statement
The proposals outlined in this discussion paper would require large corporations and other entities operating in Australia to publish annual statements outlining their actions to address modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.
The 2017 ethical fashion report: the truth behind the barcode
This is the fourth report produced by Baptist World Aid Australia examining labour rights management systems in the fashion industry. It grades 106 companies, from A to F, on the strength of their systems to mitigate against the risks of forced labour, child labour, and...
Australian fashion companies still using overseas sweatshops
This Sunday marks the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed 1,136 garment workers. Each year, since the tragedy, a report card has been released monitoring the progress of the fashion industry and individual companies in improving the rights and...
The 2016 Australian fashion report: the truth behind the barcode
This is the third edition of the Australian Fashion Report. It is being launched on the eve of the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, a tragedy which cut short the lives of 1,136 garment workers. When the factory came down...
The Australian fashion report 2015: the truth behind the barcode
Examines the increased risk of child and forced labour in the fashion industry, as many local companies are unable to trace or fail to monitor their supply chains.
The Australian fashion report 2013: the truth behind the barcode
This report examines 41 clothing companies operating in Australia and assesses what efforts they are undertaking to protect the workers in their supply chain from exploitation, forced labour and child labour.
The gleaning guide: venturing in redirective fashion
Abstract: Gleaning, when adopted as an attitude and an action, is useful in seeing and utilising the value in what has been cast aside. This is gleaning through the physical collection of what is left behind, alongside gleaning that is slow, incremental and epistemological. These...
Sub-contracting, the seamy side of the clothing industry
The findings and arguments presented in this paper are based on a variety of data including face to face interviews with clothing industry, government and union representatives.
Rhetoric and reality in the clothing industry: the case of post-Fordism
The purpose of this paper is to examine in greater detail how new production concepts have been translated at the clothing manufacturing enterprise level.
Retailing is more than shopkeeping: manufacturing interlinkages and technological change in the Australian clothing industry
The project examines the effect of technological change and modern production philosophies upon the relationship between clients and suppliers within the Australian clothing industry sectors.