Factory X commit to pay a living wage

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After years of campaigning from Oxfam supporters, Factory X commit to pay a living wage

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Best&Less published their supplier lists

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Best&Less have published 100% of their Tier 1 supplier lists, bringing their factories out of hiding and ensuring their supply chain is transparent. 

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Garment makers with their families

David Jones and Country Road support worker safety

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Country Road Group and David Jones made a big step forward on factory safety by joining the important Bangladesh Fire & Building Safety Accord. 

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Elk steps towards a fairer fashion industry

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Melbourne-based fashion label ELK have made a real commitment to ensuring workers in their supply chain are paid a living wage.  

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Kathmandu, Nepal: Durga (4th from L), founder and owner of a local weaving business with her employees. Together we're supporting thousands of women like Durga to set up their own businesses in Nepal.

How you’re helping women artisans set up shop in Nepal

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Thanks to you, we’re able to support 2700 earthquake-affected men and women with the tools and training to set up their own businesses in Nepal.

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Cotton On cotton on to living wages

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Cotton On has just announced they are strengthening their commitment to a living wage! Congratulations, Cotton On.

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City Chic: a huge step toward a living wage

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City Chic was the first Australian brand to make a real commitment to a living wage. 

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Sammy J holding a sign that says "Pay a living wage"

Sammy J says: Dear Kmart, Increase What She Makes

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Sammy J speaks for a lot of us – when we’re shopping, we all love a bargain. But, the bargain shouldn’t be what she makes.

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A woman works on a clothing line for an international brand in Dong Nai province, Vietnam. Photo: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Gorman take a step forward on transparency

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After years of campaigning from Oxfam supporters, Gorman and Factory X have published the names and locations of their factories. It’s an important step forward in supply chain transparency. Without this information it is extremely difficult to confirm whether workers are being treated fairly, and it allows workers to raise their concerns directly with the […]

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Photo: GMB Akash/Panos/OxfamAUS

Help school the big brands this summer

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You know the holidays are over when you starting seeing advertisements for ‘Back To School’ sales. Unfortunately, many of the women making clothes for brands like Kmart, Target and Big W are paid poverty wages. Find out how you can call brands to account.

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Giving grows on trees

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Oxfam Christmas trees are back! This year you can choose between pick-up and delivery. Whichever way you go, you’ll be helping people living in poverty. Order yours today!

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Be fashion forward this weekend (and beyond)

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To be ‘fashion forward’ is to be ahead of the curve: not just in terms of design and materials, but more importantly, around how your clothes are made. Find out which companies are moving towards a fairer future, and which companies are trying hide their tracks.

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Oxfam Shop Easter Catalogue is full of ethical treats for your loved ones

Bestselling Easter gifts from Oxfam Shop

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Fairtrade, ethical, last-minute. Discover some of the best-selling Easter items at Oxfam Shop in time for the long weekend.

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Pay to Work: Corrupt practices cause mounting frustration

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The other morning I spoke with some villagers who live in the district surrounding the Ching Luh factory. They told me about a local hustler who promotes factory recruitment. Potential applicants are asked for money ranging from 2-2.5 million rupiah (equivalent to two months of a factory workers’ full time wage). The hustler demanded upfront […]

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Photo: Nicola Bailey/ActionAid

The good news and the bad news for garment workers in Bangladesh

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Bangladesh is well known for the appalling conditions under which many of its garment sector employees have to work. Both in terms of the physical conditions, but also the wages they’re paid, which are among the lowest in the region. But despite the many Australian companies that have met, or exceeded, the Australian community’s demands to improve workers’ conditions, there are still some holding out.

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Photo: Bonnie Savage

Term two featured school resource: fair trade

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For many students, shopping is already tied to their lives. It’s what they do on the weekend, it forms part of their identity. It’s also something they have control over, and that means they can make choices as consumers that can change lives. This is where Oxfam’s Term Two education resources about Fairtrade come in.

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Just Jeans have a response for you

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In the last week, thousands of Australians have asked Just Group a simple question: “When are you going to stop breaking hearts and sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord?” Their response? Not happening. Stop asking.

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Add your voice to Sumi’s and help stop the #heartbreakers

Stop the #heartbreakers

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Australians love denim. 670,000 tonnes of the stuff in 2014 alone and with a $56 billion price tag. That’s a lot of cheddar, and a whole lot of denim. For the last two years we have pressured ten of the country’s largest garment manufacturers to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord — but two companies refuse to sign.

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Battle of the Brands

Battle of the Brands: the annual scorecard update

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Twice a year, Oxfam takes a look at publically available information on the agricultural sourcing policies of the top ten food and beverage companies. We assess how well the top 10 companies are performing on our seven themes: transparency, women, workers, farmers, land, water, and climate. Want to see how your favorite brands did?

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Cocoa Beans. Photo: Cam Cope/OxfamAUS

Why you should switch to Fairtrade chocolate this Easter

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You’re powerful as a consumer – what you choose to buy shapes the world we live in and can literally change someone’s life for the better. Fair Trade doesn’t just guarantee a farmer gets paid properly for their hard work. It can also build schools, medical centres and water pumps – helping people lift themselves out of poverty.

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Photo: Rodney Dekker

How Fairtrade coffee is changing lives

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Coffee is crucial to the overall economy of East Timor. It is currently the most important source of foreign exchange and serves as the primary source of income for some 44,000 families. But for the members of Cooperativa Cafe Timor (CCT), the production of Fairtrade coffee is changing their lives one brew at a time.

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Photo: Max Bastard

Sock monkey happiness

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Sock monkeys — the newest addition to Oxfam Shop’s fair trade product range — had their Australian debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala in March, sharing centre stage with popular comedian Sammy J and his purple sidekick Randy. The duo brought the sock monkeys back from South Africa, where they met some of […]

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