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Coles shows commitment to transparency for apparel line
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Aussie retailer Coles has made public the list of manufacturers from whom its sources fashion apparel for its new collection – Mix.

This Coles said reveals its demonstration of its even stronger commitment to ethical sourcing and supply chain transparency.

“In additional to clear country of origin labelling on the product, Coles customers can now access via its website to the manufacturing location details from whom Coles sources garments for the line”, Coles said.

“This will make it easier for Coles customers to make an informed choice”, the retailer explained.

“Coles aims to provide customers with reassurance that the supply chain for Coles Brand product is operating by global best practice standards”, Coles informed.

“Transparency is critical to achieving and maintaining operational standards in the supply chain and the publishing of Coles’ apparel factory list is a clear demonstration of this commitment to Australian customers”, it said.

In 2005, Coles implemented an Ethical Sourcing Policy that outlines the standards expected from Coles suppliers and as a Buyer Partner of Better Work, Coles has strengthened its understanding and visibility of the factories from which the Mix range is sourced.

Better Work is a joint program between the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) which aims to improve compliance with labour standards for workers in the garment industry.

In addition, Coles is participating in the International Labour Organisation’s Study of Food Provision on Workers' Health and Productivity in Cambodia's garment industry. As a part of the program, garment workers are served a daily meal in one of its partner factories.

The program is motivated by the observation that some Cambodian workers did not have access to ample fresh, nutritious food and this was negatively impacting their health and subsequently, safety in the workplace.

“Coles is committed to understanding and addressing the issues in the international markets from which we source, which means regular visits to our partner factories, independent factory audits and supporting solutions “, the retailer mentioned in a press release.

The Coles Ethical Sourcing Policy requires the provision of a third party ethical audit to deliver evidence of satisfactory working conditions, relating to a broad range of criteria including working conditions are safe and hygienic. (AR)

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